Be a Plow Pal!
Help your neighbors have a great snow season … be a Plow Pal this winter and spread the word about Minneapolis Snow Emergencies.
Taking a few small steps can help your friends, family, and neighbors avoid the cost and hassle of having their cars ticketed and towed this winter. Your efforts will also help make sure Minneapolis streets are plowed from curb to curb.
How you can be a Plow Pal
It’s easy to help spread the word about Minneapolis Snow Emergencies – and help your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors avoid the cost and headache of having their cars ticketed and towed this year.
- Encourage folks to sign up to receive a Snow Emergency e-mail or text message. Alerts are sent as soon as Minneapolis declares a Snow Emergency.
- Add your cell phone to our Snow Emergency Phone Alert, so your cell phone will be on the list to get an automated voice message when a Snow Emergency is declared.
- If you are leaving town for a few days, don’t forget to park your car off city streets or leave a set of keys with family or friends, so they can move your car if Snow Emergency is declared.
- If new neighbors move in, tell them about Snow Emergencies and how they can find out more information.
- Use the interactive Snow Emergency street lookup and share it with others. This map lets you check which streets in your neighborhood are Snow Emergency routes and which sides of streets are even and odd.
- Volunteer to be the Plow Pal for your Block Club; when it snows, call 348-SNOW and then let everyone else in your club know when a Snow Emergency has been declared.
Why do we need Plow Pals?
Minneapolis gives folks a host of ways to find out about and follow Snow Emergency parking rules, but we’re always working to expand our list of tools.
For the past two years, the City of Minneapolis has surveyed people who have had their cars towed during Snow Emergencies to find out what other steps may help them avoid tickets and tows in the future. The City heard a number of ideas about how to educate folks about Snow Emergencies and we’ve taken additional steps.
We also learned that it would help if the community spreads the word. For example, a large proportion of people who had their cars towed had moved to their neighborhood within the past year (regardless of how long they have resided in Minneapolis.) By reaching out to help your neighbors learn and follow the parking rules, we can make sure it’s a great snow season.
Last updated Feb. 22, 2013