As Chicagoans prepare for tonight’s snowfall, Mayor Rahm Emanuel today officially launched ChicagoShovels.org for the winter season, complete with new features to help people get the information they need more quickly: the popular real-time “Plow Tracker” is optimized for mobile devices for the first time, so that Chicagoans can use the website on a smartphone while on the go to see where Chicago’s snow plows are at any given time. Additionally, the City will provide regular updates on the progress of its snowplow program during snowstorms through the Mayor’s Office Twitter account: @ChicagosMayor.
“Winter preparedness is everyone’s responsibility, and we are leveraging technology to get Chicagoans the tools and support they need, when they need it, and now, right at their fingertips,” said Mayor Emanuel. “Providing Chicagoans with the opportunity to effectively use Plow Tracker on their mobile devices and giving regular updates on our snowplow progress allows them to stay informed during severe weather.”
In addition to enhancing the real-time “Plow Tracker” and committing to providing regular updates on the snowplow program during snowstorms via Twitter, the City is also working to enhance its innovative “Adopt-A-Sidewalk” initiative, which helps Chicagoans connect with their neighbors to lend a hand to those in need across the city. Partnering with Code for America and the Smart Chicago Collaborative, the “Adopt-A-Sidewalk” web application that allows neighbors to connect online now allows civic web developers to make common-sense improvements to make it even more useful for people across the city to connect with each other. Chicago has also joined Code for America’s Race for Reuse initiative to encourage adoption in other cities.
By simply going to ChicagoShovels.org, Chicagoans can access:
The City’s Snow Command, run through the Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) will be carefully monitoring weather forecasts and data, the incoming weather system and our roadways during the overnight and early morning hours. Snow Trucks have been preloaded with salt, and drivers are ready to be deployed as necessary.
City officials are also reminding Chicagoans that by ordinance they are responsible for keeping the sidewalks near their property clean of snow and ice. In addition to online access to winter-related City services through ChicagoShovels.org, residents can also find additional information and make requests for services through 311, the City’s service call center.
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