[Summit] Snowstorm 4 bulletin 1: Parking Ban, RIPTA, RI EMA, JCC, RCC

David Kolsky davidjkolsky at yahoo.com
Sat Feb 14 02:34:47 CST 2015

Here's the first of what may be a torrent of notices.

Now that Friday the 13th has passed, have a good Valentine's Day (Valentine's Week in the Bay State)


1. City of Providence bans parking after 2 AM Sunday
2. RI Emergency Management Agency
3. RIPTA maintains regular weekend service
4. Jewish Community Center cancellations
5. Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin
6. Mass. Gov. Baker extends Valentine's Day
7. Some useful links

# 1. City of Providence

Citywide Parking Ban to Take Effect Sunday, February 15 at 2:00AM

Friday, February 13, 2015

Mayor Jorge O. Elorza today announced a series of actions ahead of a winter storm expected during the holiday weekend.

Snowfall is expected to begin Saturday evening and increase in intensity into the night on Saturday and into Sunday. High winds and cold temperatures are expected to accompany the snow.

A citywide parking ban will go into effect at 2:00AM on Sunday, February 15 and remain in effect until further notice. Residents with overnight parking passes are advised that they cannot park on the street during the duration of the citywide parking ban. All vehicles parked on the street in violation of the citywide parking ban will be ticketed and towed to ensure that roadways can be plowed.

Garbage and recycling pickup will take place as scheduled tomorrow, as trash collection is on a holiday schedule due to the storm earlier this week. Trash collection will continue on a holiday schedule next week, as Monday, February 16 is a national holiday.

Travelers are encouraged to use caution. The Department of Public Works has prepared all equipment and personnel to respond to the storm and will begin pretreating roadways during the afternoon on Saturday.

The Providence Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) will begin a partial activation of the City's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 6PM on Saturday, February 14.

The City's snow hotline will open at 12PM on Sunday, February 15 at 401-680-8080.

Residents experiencing power outages should contact National Grid at 800-322-3223. Individuals are warned never to touch downed power lines and report downed lines to National Grid. In the event of an emergency always dial 911.

Property owners are urged to clear snow blocking vents to prevent a potentially fatal buildup of carbon monoxide.

Per state law, drivers of motor vehicles shall not enter an intersection whether or not any traffic signal is green unless there is sufficient space in the roadway to move completely through the intersection. Violators are subject to fines.



# 2. Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency

RIEMA Urges Rhode Islanders to Prepare for Upcoming Winter Storm & Severe Cold Temperatures

Cranston, RI- The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for all of Rhode Island to be in effect Saturday afternoon, February 14, through Sunday evening, February 15. A Winter Storm Watch is issued for the potential accumulation of 6 or more inches of snow in a 12 hour period, or 8 or more inches of snow in a 24 hour period.

Strong northerly winds of 25-30 mph, with gusts up to 40 mph in some areas, are projected to sweep through the region Sunday afternoon into the evening. These strong winds, combined with snow accumulations, could create blizzard-like conditions and reduce visibility. Anyone traveling in the next 24-36 hours should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to modify travel plans. Power outages could also pose as a potential issue throughout the duration of this winter storm event.

"We are New Englanders and we will continue to do everything we can to be prepared as more winter weather comes our way, but I urge you to please take caution on the roads this weekend," Governor Gina Raimondo said. "We are expecting potentially dangerous conditions outside, and Rhode Islanders should stay inside and off the roads if possible. Please check on your neighbors and loved ones and make sure they have everything they need to stay safe and warm."

Base temperatures will be in the teens Saturday into Sunday, and are expected to drop below zero Sunday night into Monday. Wind chill factors will cause the temperatures to fall 10 to 20 degrees below zero from Sunday into Monday.

"Rhode Islanders are urged to remain inside during periods of extreme cold," said Peter Gaynor, Director of the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency. "If you must venture outside during periods of severe cold weather, dress for the conditions by limiting the exposure of bare skin to the cold. Wear proper hats and gloves, cover your face and neck, and dress in warm layers."

It is important to remember that house fires occur more frequently in the winter due to a lack of proper safety precautions when using alternate heating sources, such as unattended fires and space heaters. To prevent a dangerous fire from occurring this winter, consider the following precautionary tips:

- Place space heaters at least three feet away from anything combustible (i.e. wallpaper, bedding, clothing, etc.) - Never leave space heaters operating when you are not in the room or when you go to bed. Do not leave children unattended near space heaters. - Refrain from drying wet clothing over a space heater. - Make sure smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are working properly and replace batteries as necessary. - Use a fireplace screen when burning fires and burn only wood. NEVER burn paper or plastic.

"Make sure that you have sufficient heating fuel as these next few days are going to be very cold," Said Director Gaynor. "If you experience a loss of your heating source and need emergency heating, contact your local municipalities or dial 2-1-1. If your power goes out, call National Grid at 1-800-465-1212. For all other emergencies, such as a house fire or an injury, dial 9-1-1."

For more information and for tips on preparing for the extreme cold follow RIEMA on Twitter @RhodeIslandEMA, visit the RIEMA website at www.riema.ri.gov, or contact Alex Ambrosius / 401-261-1639

Related links

Department or agency: Emergency Management Agency

Online: http://www.riema.ri.gov/

Release date: 02-13-2015



# 3. RIPTA to run regular weekend service

(Remember that Monday 16 Feb. is Presidents' Day, when RIPTA would normally follow a Sunday schedule)

Friday, February 13, 2015 4:29 PM


Passengers are advised to check www.ripta.com for detours and delays

With another winter storm headed for the area this weekend, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) is making necessary preparations and plans to provide its regular weekend service on Saturday, February 14, 2015 and Sunday, February 15, 2015. 

Blizzard conditions and slick roads are likely to result in delays or detours so passengers are asked to please check RIPTA’s website (www.ripta.com) or social media outlets (Facebook @RideRIPTA, Twitter @RIPTA_RI) for updated information in order to avoid waiting at stops longer than necessary.

This is particularly important given forecasts of strong northerly winds of 25 to 30 miles per hour and gusts up to 40 miles per hour in some areas. Temperatures are expected to be in the teens Saturday and Sunday and then plummet below zero Sunday night into Monday.

"Rhode Islanders are urged to remain inside during periods of extreme cold," Peter Gaynor, Director of the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) said in a statement posted on RIEMA’s website. "If you must venture outside during periods of severe cold weather, dress for the conditions by limiting the exposure of bare skin to the cold. Wear proper hats and gloves, cover your face and neck, and dress in warm layers."

“Our riders have been very understanding of the traffic delays and other problems that a severe winter like this brings,” said Barbara Polichetti, Director of Public Affairs for RIPTA. “We appreciate their patience and ask everyone to dress appropriately and be safe as we work to keep service running during this latest storm.”

Passengers also are strongly advised to monitor news reports and to sign up for electronic updates from RIPTA at http://www.ripta.com/detours-news.
©2015 RIPTA | 705 Elmwood Ave.| Providence, RI | 02907 


# 4. Jewish Community Center

Due to the this weekend's weather forecast, the following schedule changes have been made:

February 14 | Kids' Night Out:
February 15 | Purim Mitzvah Day at Tamarisk: 


For the most recent updates on closings and delays, please visit the jewishallianceri.org homepage.

 These decisions are made with your safety and the safety of our staff in mind.

Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island | 401 Elmgrove Avenue | Providence | RI | 02906


# 5. Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence

02.13.15: A Statement from Bishop [Thomas] Tobin Regarding Mass Attendance this Weekend

In light of the impending snowstorm with dangerous conditions that is expected to arrive over the weekend, Catholics of the Diocese of Providence are reminded to use prudence and extreme caution in deciding whether or not they are able to attend Sunday Mass. While the obligation to attend Holy Mass is always to be taken seriously, Catholics are not expected to attend Mass if the weather conditions are dangerous or extremely difficult. Personal safety should be a priority. If local conditions are dangerous, Catholics may legitimately choose to stay home, remain safe and spend some time in personal prayer and reflection in keeping with the spirit of the Lord’s Day.

Pastors and parishioners are strongly urged to observe carefully any directives issued by state and local officials during the storm.

Finally, Catholics are reminded that this coming Wednesday, February 18 is Ash Wednesday that marks the beginning of the holy Season of Lent. It is our hope and prayer that the difficult weather will subside so that all can participate safely in this special time of grace.



# 6. Massachusetts extends Valentine's Day

For Immediate Release - February 13, 2015	

Governor Baker Announces Valentine’s Day Week to Boost Local Business

BOSTON – Today at the State House, Governor Charlie Baker announced that due to the unprecedented snowfall and historic winter conditions impacting the Commonwealth’s economy, next week shall be declared “Valentine’s Week” to boost business for local retailers, restaurants and small businesses.  Joined by Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash and local business owners, the Governor signed an official proclamation declaring  “Valentine’s Week” will be recognized statewide from February 14th-February 21st to promote patronage to stimulate the economy despite the difficult winter weather that has reduced traveling and restricted business.

“I am pleased to declare ‘Valentine’s Week’ for the Commonwealth to sweeten up the local economy and encourage more business at our local shops in the spirit of this holiday,” said Governor Baker.  “The unprecedented snowfall impacting the Commonwealth has taken a toll on everyone, especially the retailers, restaurants, and small businesses that depend on an uptick in reservations and activity around Valentine’s Day.  Next week, we urge everyone to do their part to shop locally and make up for the past few weeks of limited travel and business as a result of all the recent snow.”

“Valentine’s Day is not only a day to show our appreciation for others, but it also an important holiday for many businesses that rely on deliveries, purchases and reservations to keep their doors open and make payroll,” said Lt. Governor Polito.  “Next week, we urge people across the Commonwealth to visit their downtowns and local retailers to pick out flowers, candy or something special for your valentine.”

Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Polito and Secretary Ash declared that February 14th through February 21st will be recognized as “Valentine’s Week” throughout the state at a press conference with Jon Hurst, President of Retailers Association of Massachusetts, Bob Lutz, President of the Mass Restaurant Association, and Dave Andelman, President of the Mass Restaurant and Business Association.

Text of Proclamation:

Whereas the recent, unprecedented snow fall has taken a tremendous toll on the retailers and restaurants in local cities and towns across the Commonwealth; and

Whereas access and travel to businesses has been difficult for both patrons and workers; and

Whereas Saturday, February 14 is officially Valentine’s day, a day when many purchases and reservations are traditionally made; and

Whereas the people of the Commonwealth are generous and caring; and

Whereas the spirit of Valentine’s Day is the expression of kindness, friendship and support and need not be limited to just one day

Now, Therefore, I, Charles D. Baker, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim the week of February 14 to February 21 to be


And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to participate fittingly in its existence by extending the spirit of Valentine’s Day through the entire week by visiting and supporting local retailers, restaurants, and small and family businesses.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this thirteenth day of February, in the year two thousand and fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-ninth.



# 7. Some useful links

(in addition to the explicit or implicit ones above)

The Providence Journal - http://www.providencejournal.com

The Brown Daily Herald - http://www.browndailyherald.com

The Boston Globe - http://www.bostonglobe.com

WLNE Channel 6 - http://www.abc6.com

WJAR Channel 10 (NBC) - http://www.turnto10.com

WPRI 12 (CBS) & WNAC Fox 64 - http://www.wpri.com

The National Weather Service (NOAA, U.S. Dept of Commerce) - http://www.weather.gov/

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza - http://providenceri.com/mayor

State of Rhode Island press releases - http://www.ri.gov/press/

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo - http://www.governor.ri.gov/

Commonwealth of Massachusetts alerts - http://www.mass.gov/alert/alertlanding.html

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker - http://www.mass.gov/governor/

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