Mayor Brandon M. Scott Announces that Baltimore City is Prepared for Winter Weather

BALTIMORE, MD (November 17, 2021) – Today, Mayor Brandon M. Scott joined Baltimore City Department of Transportation Director Steve Sharkey and officials from the Baltimore City Departments of Public Works, Recreation and Parks, General Services, Police, Fire, Health, Housing, Office of Homeless Services and the Office of Emergency Management to announce that the City of Baltimore is fully prepared for the upcoming 2021-2022 snow season. 

“With winter quickly approaching, the City of Baltimore has thoroughly examined our snow operations to ensure that we are fully prepared for winter weather,” said Mayor Scott.  “Under the leadership of Transportation Director Steve Sharkey, our snow crews are ready to deliver prompt and efficient service to the residents of Baltimore, no matter what Mother Nature may bring.”

With a budget of $6.83 million, the City’s snow removal efforts include 294 pieces of equipment, and more than 300 contractor apparatus for efficient snow removal operations.  The city is fully stocked with over 15,000 tons of salt and equipped with 36,000 gallons of salt brine capacity.

“When inclement weather inevitably hits, the Baltimore City Snow Team will be ready to restore city streets quickly and safely,” said Director Sharkey. “The winter season often brings unpredictable weather, so we encourage all residents to prepare their homes and vehicles now for snow emergencies.”

Key city agencies provided important information and helpful tips for the public in preparation for inclement weather.  For the city’s snow removal efforts to be successful, residents must also prepare for the winter season ahead. Residents should act now to assemble emergency supply kits for both their homes and vehicles.  During winter storms, motorists are advised not to drive unless absolutely necessary.  This will help our snow team to treat city streets more efficiently, because any vehicles that become disabled will obstruct the movement of plow trucks and hinder our removal efforts.  

Residents who must travel during inclement weather should be well prepared by learning the three phases of the city’s Snow Emergency Plan.  Motorists should “Know Before You Go – Especially in Ice and Snow” by checking to see if any phases of the snow emergency plan are in effect, as parking may be affected along designated snow emergency routes.  Citizens should tune into local news stations, check media resources and visit the city’s snow page at snow.baltimorecity.gov for updated information during the winter season.

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