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Emergency Preparedness

WHAT TO DO BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER A SNOW STORM

1.     As a resident or business owner, what should I do before a winter storm?

  • Be ready and stay informed.
  • Essential equipment for everyone is a snow shovel, sand or de-icing granules for your sidewalk, and traction devices for your vehicle.
  • Monitor the catch basin nearest your property and keep the top of the grate clear of debris.
  • Have a backup plan for traveling if winter weather is going to make your commute dangerous.
  • Stay informed:  go to www.PublicAlerts.org for winter weather updates and check conditions before you venture out if bad weather is in the forecast.
  • It is helpful if you remove your cars from the street prior to snow plowing operations.
  • We encourage you to help your family members, friends and neighbors, especially seniors and people with disabilities. Help them get supplies like food or medications before a storm hits.

2.     As a resident or business owner, what should I do during a winter storm?

  • Be ready and stay informed.
  • If you don't have to venture out in bad weather, don't.
  • If you do venture out, have an alternate plan to get home.
  • Take transit if possible.
  • Avoid driving on snowy or icy streets.
  • Delay your trip until conditions improve.
  • Carry chains and an emergency kit in your vehicle to keep you safe and warm if you get stranded.
  • If you’re driving in the hills or other chain zones, be ready to pull over and put chains on.
  • Stay informed:  go to www.PublicAlerts.org for winter weather updates and check conditions before you venture out in bad weather.
  • The Portland Plow Map is available here. You can enter your Portland address and find the plow routes and chain zones near you.
  • It is helpful if you remove your cars from the street during snow plowing operations.
  • We encourage you to help your neighbors, especially seniors and people with disabilities.
  • For the most up-to-date information on shelter or assistance, call 211info by dialing 2-1-1.

3.     As a resident or business owner, what should I do after a winter storm?

  • As soon as possible after a storm, clear your catch basins, sidewalks, and driveways across pedestrian paths of snow and ice, slippery leaves, and debris.
  • If you cannot clear a clogged catch basin yourself, notify 503-823-1700 that help is needed at a particular location.
  • Property owners are responsible for advising pedestrians of any danger of falling snow or ice from their buildings. Please make arrangements to post an advisory (sign or sandwich board) and eliminate the hazard.
  • Property owners are also responsible for clearing away the snow berm from driveways and entrances.  Pile shoveled snow where it can be absorbed into the ground.

Source: PBOT Snow & Ice Plan FAQ -- https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/319863

You are Responsible for Snow and Ice on Your Sidewalk

17.28.025 Property Owner Responsible for Snow and Ice on Sidewalks.

(Ordinance No. 176585, effective July 5, 2002.) https://www.portlandoregon.gov/citycode/article/19574

A. The owner(s) and/or occupant(s) of land adjacent to any street in the City shall be responsible for snow and ice removal from sidewalks abutting or immediately adjacent to such land, notwithstanding any time limitations.

B. Property owner(s) and/or occupant(s) shall be liable for any and all damages to any person who is injured or otherwise suffers damage resulting from failure to remove snow and/or ice accumulations.

C. Property owner(s) and/or occupant(s) shall be liable to the City of Portland for any amounts paid or incurred consequent from claims, judgment or settlement, and for all reasonable investigation costs and attorney fees, resulting from the responsible property owner’s or occupant’s failure to remove snow and ice accumulations from such sidewalks as imposed by this Code.