County Executive John R. Leopold Assures Citizens that the County is Prepared for Winter Weather
Annapolis (December 4, 2007) - In preparation for the winter season, Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold reminds citizens to prepare now for approaching winter weather and assures everyone that the Department of Public Works is prepared to handle winter weather throughout the season. DPW employees will work diligently to ensure safe travel on all County-maintained roads.
"Anne Arundel County is well-prepared for inclement weather and emergencies. We have taken every measure to ensure the safety of county residents and the uninterrupted delivery of essential county services during an emergency. I hope citizens will take similar precautions in preparing for winter weather and I encourage them to take the time to help friends, family, or neighbors who may need assistance, as well," Mr. Leopold said.
The Department of Public Works is tracking a winter weather event which is forecast to reach Anne Arundel County on Wednesday. Current predictions indicate that snowfall could accumulate up to 3", with most of the accumulation on grassy surfaces according to the National Weather Service’s Hazardous Weather Outlook. Fluctuations in snowfall rates may allow for times of accumulation on some roadways so winter weather driving precautions should be observed:
During the Annual Snow Show held at Quiet Waters Park on October 30, 2007, crews demonstrated their readiness by operating trucks in competitions using essential skills needed for plowing County roads. The entire fleet of County-owned snow removal vehicles was also on display, in October, for a safety and preparedness check.
Final arrangements for staffing have been made at the DPW Road Operations Storm Center. When necessary, clerical and administrative staff will be on-call for 12-hour shifts during snowstorms with accumulations of 4" or more and also during severe ice storms. The Storm Center will field calls from the public requesting assistance with snow removal questions. The
Storm Center can be reached at (410)-222-4040 or for more information on service parameters, or to request service go to the Snow Information page.
For this weather event, residents should call their local Bureau of Highways Road District for assistance with County-maintained roads and storm drains.
The Department of Public Works does not maintain roads with a route number. For assistance on these roads, contact the state Highway Administration at (410) 841-1002.
The public may call the County Office of Emergency Management at (410) 222-0600 during severe winter weather for informational assistance and non-emergency related matters. For bona fide emergencies (fire, police, ambulance) the public must call 911.
In order to best serve the public and keep roads safe for vehicular travel during winter weather events, residents are encouraged to take the following actions:
This year, the Department of Public Works has more than 200 trucks, including on-call snow contractors, available for plowing and salting County roads. More than 300 employees representing several agencies of County Government will be available on rotating shifts to help with snow and ice control during a large winter storm event.
The Office of Emergency Management advises that citizens can minimize their risk of injury or property damage from winter storms by taking the following precautions:
Be alert to storm WATCHES or WARNINGS issued by the National Weather Service and broadcast by local radio and television stations.
Residents with specific questions on winter storm preparedness should contact the Office of Emergency Management at (410) 222-0600.