The city of Allentown is prepared for a current forecast of up to 12 inches of snow.
According to Public Works Director Craig Messinger, plows and salt spreaders are mounted on 48 trucks to make traveling in the city as safe as possible. “We have the manpower and equipment to tackle the storm,” said Messinger. “Crews will be working 12 hour shifts around the clock if necessary plowing streets in all sections of the city.”
The city has an ample supply of road salt and anti-skid material. Virtually the entire road network in the city will be brined.
City residents are advised to wait until the snow stops and plows have been down their street before shoveling driveways and ask residents to avoid throwing snow back onto the streets.
The city’s Emergency Operations Center at 1825 Grammes Road will be activated.
The center is equipped with six computer stations with three desk top computers and three wireless laptops each equipped with a radio transmitter. A large monitor can show the locations of city vehicles and completed work utilizing GIS and Zonar. A dedicated phone line is set-up to the Communications Center for contact with Police/Fire and Paramedics. If electric service is interrupted, the center has a natural gas powered generator to supply back-up power capable of running operations 24/7. Television monitors allow the staff to keep up to date with the latest weather and local information.
The city’s "Snow Operations Hotline" will be ready to go at 9 o’clock tonight at 610-437-7669.
The impending storm is also prompting a change in the normal garbage collection schedule. Waste Management crews will get an early start on their garbage and recycling collections in the city tonight. Crews will be on their routes by 8 o’clock tonight.