Tuesday, January 11, 2011

New York City Declares Weather Emergency

Shortly before 5 p.m. the city formally declared a "weather emergency" for tonight. (Mayor Bloomberg was criticized for not declaring a weather emergency before the December 26-27 blizzard.)

Here's the text:

At the direction of the Mayor, the public is hereby advised that significant snowfall has been forecast for tonight. 

The public is urged to avoid all unnecessary driving during the duration of the storm and until further directed, and to use public transportation wherever possible. If you must drive, use extreme caution. Information about any service changes to public transportation is available on the MTA website at http://www.mta.info/

Any vehicle found to be blocking roadways or impeding the ability to plow streets shall be subject to towing at the owner’s expense.

Effective immediately, alternate side parking, payment at parking meters and garbage collections are suspended citywide until further notice. 

The Emergency Management, Fire, Police, Sanitation, and Transportation Commissioners will be taking all appropriate and necessary steps to preserve public safety and to render all required and available assistance to protect the security, well-being and health of the residents of the City.

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