[Summit] Snowstorm 4 bulletin 7: Rooftop snow & downtown bus shelter

David Kolsky davidjkolsky at yahoo.com
Tue Feb 17 02:48:17 CST 2015

Although these messages won't apply to everyone, some might find them useful

1. The (ironically-named, bus-only) Intermodal Transportation Center in Kennedy Plaza is extending its lobby hours to 8 p.m. for this week because of the cold weather.

2. And the state's Emergency Management Agency has advice about cleaning snow from rooftops.

Tomorrow's storm promises to be relatively light; let's hope the same is true of whatever comes this weekend. The longer it takes (if ever) before I feel pressed to assemble a "Snowstorm 5 bulletin 1", the happier we'll all be.

Have a good week,



# 1. Downtown bus shelter


February 16, 2015

Due to extreme cold weather, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) is extending the hours that its information center at the Kennedy Plaza transit hub will be open this week.

In order to give passengers a place to stay warm will waiting for their buses, the building will be open until 8 p.m. beginning Monday, February 16, and continuing through Friday, February 20, 2015. Normally the building closes at 7 p.m.

The hours for the ticket window will not be extended during this time, and the window will be staffed during its normal weekday hours of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

People seeking more information on warming centers in their local communities can check a list being compiled by the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) at http://www.riema.ri.gov.



# 2. RI Emergency Management's advice on cleaning roof tops of snow

RIEMA Stresses the Importance of Removing Snow from Roofs

Cranston, RI- As the snow keeps piling up, the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) reminds Rhode Islanders of the importance of removing large snow amounts from the roofs of homes and businesses.

"T.F. Green Airport has recorded approximately 50 inches of accumulated snow since January 1st," said Director Peter Gaynor. "With more snow on the way, combined with the previously accumulated snow and ice, the roof of your home or business could be experiencing a good amount of stress, which could lead to a potential collapse. If more than a foot of snow and ice have accumulated on your roof, you should have it removed by a professional, especially if the roof is flat."

While some snow can be removed from the ground level, individuals need to be mindful of the risk of personal injury to themselves and occupants before removing snow from roofs. Do not attempt to go on your roof to remove snow unless you are completely sure it is safe to do so, especially if you have a pitched roof. Additionally, it is recommended that home and business owners consider having a contractor or structural engineer assess their roofs before venturing out onto them.

Safety Tips for clearing your roof:

- When possible, use long-handled snow rakes (available at most hardware stores) or poles and stand on the ground level to remove the snow from your roof - If you must use a ladder, make certain that the base is securely anchored Ask a friend, neighbor or family member to hold the ladder while you climb - Do not attempt to clear snow from your roof during periods of strong winds - Make certain not to contact electrical wires - If possible, do not attempt to clear the roof alone - Roof drainage systems should be kept clear to minimize the risk of future roof ponding in the event of subsequent heavy snow melting. This is especially important for flat roofs - When in doubt, hire a professional contracting service

Also, please remember to shovel out nearby fire hydrants and offer to assist elderly family and neighbors with shoveling and snow removal. The elderly or those with functional needs seeking assistance with shoveling should contact Serve Rhode Island at (401) 331-2298. If you would like to volunteer with Serve Rhode Island to help with shoveling, visit their website to sign up at http://www.serverhodeisland.org.

For more information contact Alex Ambrosius: (401) 261-1639

Related links

Department or agency: Emergency Management Agency

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

Release date: 02-16-2015


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