Help spread the word about Snow Emergencies
Even though no snow is in sight yet, snow season is coming and Minneapolis residents, workers and visitors need to know how to avoid tickets and tows during Snow Emergencies. The City spreads the word about Snow Emergencies by direct mail, emails, text messages, automated phone calls, social networks, the Internet and by working with the news media. You can help educate the public by sharing this information with your customers and personal networks.
Snow Emergency resources
Residents, workers and visitors have a number of ways to learn when Snow Emergencies are declared and what to do when they are. We advise drivers to put many of these tools to use, not just one or two. The more ways people have to learn about a Snow Emergency, the more prepared they’ll be and the less likely their car will be towed.
- App for Android devices and iPhones: Drivers who have Android devices or iPhones can download the Snow Emergency app. During a Snow Emergency, the app will tell them the parking rules for that day. It also has a street lookup, which lets them see where they can park on that day by street address or by having the device’s GPS pinpoint their location.
- Facebook: Like Minneapolis Snow Emergency on Facebook. Go to www.facebook.com/MinneapolisSnowEmergency.
- Twitter: twitter.com/minneapolissnow. If you have a Twitter account, just follow us. Both the Twitter and Facebook pages will tell fans and followers when a Snow Emergency is declared.
- Email and text alerts: You can sign up to get Snow Emergency alerts automatically emailed or texted to you. Go to www.minneapolismn.gov/snow/snow_esubscribe for more details.
- Hotline: By calling the automated 612-348-SNOW hotline, folks can find out if a Snow Emergency has been declared. If a Snow Emergency is in effect, the hotline will have information on that day’s parking restrictions that drivers need to follow to avoid tickets and tows. The hotline includes information in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong.
- Phone alerts: Minneapolis uses a phone alert system to notify residents when Snow Emergencies are declared. It is an automated notification system that can place thousands of calls per hour. You can add your cellphone or unlisted landline number to the alert system by signing up at www.minneapolismn.gov/snow.
- City’s website: Go to www.minneapolismn.gov/snow to find out whether a Snow Emergency has been declared and for a wealth of information on Snow Emergencies in many languages. Also, check out the street lookup, which lets you put in an address or a neighborhood to see where you can park during a Snow Emergency.
- The media: News releases go out to the media so TV, radio stations and other news outlets can inform their viewers and listeners that a Snow Emergency is in effect.
- Cable TV: Tune in to cable channels 14 and 79. These channels will have information in several languages when a Snow Emergency is declared.
- Videos: Informative videos in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong are available online to help explain where you can park when a Snow Emergency is declared:
Published Nov 3, 2015