Winter Preparedness Week, Nov. 17-23
To help keep streets and sidewalks safe and accessible for all community members this winter, the City of Evanston is reminding residents of snow parking restrictions, convenient notification methods, shoveling guidelines and other helpful tips as part of Winter Weather Preparedness Week, November 17-23.
Residents can review important winter information by watching the City's video, "Five Things to Know When It Snows," or visiting cityofevanston.org/snow. The City will also share reminders and tips throughout the week on Facebook and Twitter.
Several City ordinances were updated this year to improve City services and enhance public safety. Updates residents should be aware of include:
- Property owners and occupants must clear sidewalks when there is any accumulation of four inches of snow; paths must be at least 36 inches wide
- Property owners are responsible for clearing snow from around trash and recycling containers to allow crews to access them
- Individuals are prohibited from pushing snow from private property onto City streets, alleys, sidewalks and public ways
"Keeping Evanston streets and sidewalks safe and accessible for all users is a cooperative effort," said Public Services Bureau Chief Edgar Cano. "We greatly appreciate the cooperation of Evanston residents and businesses as we work to ensure public safety and the continuity of City services throughout the winter season."
In the event of accumulated snowfall, the City may enforce temporary parking restrictions in the form of a Snow Route Parking Ban or Snow Emergency. During these events, parking on the street is illegal for the duration of the time indicated on the street signs posted at the beginning and end of each block. Community members are encouraged to review parking restrictions at cityofevanston.org/snow.
When snow is present on roadways, voluntarily abiding by posted parking rules helps City plows clear snow to the curb. Residents can also help facilitate snow removal by parking as close to the curb as possible, clear of alleyways and intersections, so City trucks and emergency vehicles have access to the streets.
To make parking easier, the City offers a variety of convenient ways to be notified when snow parking restrictions are in effect:
- Sign up for text or email Snow Alerts online at cityofevanston.org/snow, by calling/texting 847-448-4311, or texting COE SNOW to 468311
- Text SNOW to 847-448-4311 for an automated message available 24/7
- Call the Snow Hotline at 847-864-SNOW (7669) for a recorded message
- Follow the City of Evanston on Twitter or Facebook
- Check the City's website
- Tune in to City Channel 16
- Tune in to Evanston Radio AM 1650
- Listen for the City's emergency sirens
- Call/text 847-448-4311 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Hours of operation will be extended during snow events.
Residents who need assistance shoveling their property, or who would like to volunteer to help elderly and disabled neighbors shovel, are encouraged to register for the City's Senior & Disabled Persons Snow Shoveling Program online at cityofevanston.org/shoveling or by calling/texting 847-448-4311.
In addition to clearing sidewalks and the area around trash containers, residents are also encouraged to clear the area surrounding fire hydrants. Keeping fire hydrants visible and accessible from the street can save precious time in an emergency.
Landlords are responsible for keeping sidewalks, parking lots and all common areas, including open stairwells, free from all hazardous conditions at all times. To report a snow removal violation, please call/text 847-448-4311.