Thursday, March 5, 2015        

Snow Affecting Mail Delivery, Fire Service and Travel Across Northern Rhode Island

As the snow piles up across northern Rhode Island, several local agencies could use a helping hand in keeping all of us safe:

  • Fire Hydrants – After large snow storms firefighters regularly go out to inspect fire hydrants and clear them of snow when necessary. To help make this practice more efficient the Smithfield Fire Department is asking residents to assist firefighters with clearing the fire hydrant near their home. More Information

     

  • Mail Delivery – Especially in rural routes, postal carriers are having difficulty delivering mail. Postal trucks are not front wheel drive and have no posi-traction and they are getting stuck trying to get close enough to the mailboxes to deliver mail. If you are able, please clear the snow in the area around your mailbox for the postal carrier.

     

  • Snow Piled High at Intersections – The Smithfield Department of Public Works (DPW) is aware of the many large snow piles at intersections and dead ends and crews are dispatched daily to handle the hundreds of locations. More Information

     

  • Look Out for the Disabled and the Elderly – Don’t forget to assist your elderly loved ones & neighbors with these winter storm issues if you can. Check in to make sure they are OK! 

A Message from the Department of Public Works – Snow Removal

Smithfield Department of Public WorksThe Smithfield Department of Public Works (DPW) is aware of the many large snow piles at intersections and dead ends and crews are dispatched daily to handle the hundreds of locations.

DPW crews will be removing snow piles from intersections town-wide throughout the next couple of weeks.

Please contact DPW at 401-233-1034 if you have any concerns regarding snow removal. 

Fire Hydrants & Snow Storms

hydrant-snowIn the event of a fire emergency after heavy snow fall, could firefighters find the fire hydrant near your home? Or does it get buried under a snow pile? 

After large snow storms firefighters regularly go out to inspect fire hydrants and clear them of snow when necessary. To help make this practice more efficient the Smithfield Fire Department is asking residents to assist firefighters with clearing the fire hydrant near their home.

If you are able, please consider adopting a fire hydrant near your home and keep snow shoveled away from it during the winter season. This will ensure fire hydrants are visible and will greatly speed the response time in case of an emergency.

At a minimum, residents who have hydrants nearby are asked to make sure the hydrant is cleared of snow enough to make it visible from the street. Even better is to clear the snow 3 feet all around the hydrant so firefighters can easily connect a hose.

Your help is greatly appreciated this winter!

Winter Safety Tips from Smithfield Emergency Management Agency

Smithfield Emergency Management AgencyWinter Safety Tips from Smithfield Emergency Management Agency

Enjoying Smithfield’s Lakes and Ponds During the Winter Months Smithfield’s ponds can be enjoyable throughout the year, however there is always an inherent risk and danger when venturing onto frozen surfaces. Many variables can impact whether or not the ice on a pond’s surface is “safe”. This brochure is intended to raise ice safety awareness, but to also remind those using frozen lakes and ponds that no outdoor ice surface can ever be 100% safe for use.  See the brochure Ready – Ice Safety

Danger lurks in winter’s frigid weather… When chilly weather is replaced with extremely cold temperatures, a dangerous situation may not be too far away. Whether at home, at work, or in your vehicle, be aware of the hazards that extreme cold weather presents.  See the brochure Ready – Cold Winter Weather

Emergency Information

This page will be deployed in case of any type of town, state or national emergency and during severe weather events. 

Should those types of situations occur, this page will be prominently linked from the front page of SmithfieldRI.com for as long as it is required.  

During an event, we will continually update this page – blog-style – as information is received, with the most recent information appearing at the top of the page – please scroll down for more information.  

We will also be utilizing Twitter & Facebook to post this same information.  Other helpful information is posted in the left & right sidebars of this page.

To Follow Smithfield Agencies Online:

Town Government:  www.smithfieldri.com or follow on Twitter @SmithfieldRI or Facebook

Emergency Management:  www.smithfieldema.org or follow on Twitter @SmfldEM

Police Department:  www.smithfieldpd.com or follow on Twitter @Smithfield_PD or Facebook 

Fire Department: www.smithfieldfire.com or follow on Twitter @SmithfieldFire

 

In a power outage, you may find it useful to utilize a smart-phone and follow one or all of these agencies on Twitter.  These accounts can easily be viewed without signing up for a Twitter account and will keep you up-to-date. You can see a feed of the Town’s Twitter account in the right column.

 

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