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WINTER STORM WEATHER TIPS
A major winter storm can be dangerous. Preparing for cold weather conditions and responding to them effectively can reduce the dangers caused by storms. Weather conditions during the winter season will be continuously monitored by the Charles County Department of Public Works to keep them alert for hazardous conditions
BEFORE A STORM:
- Be familiar with the National Weather Service Winter Storm Warnings Terminology.
- Service your snow removal equipment and have rock salt, cat litter or sand available to generate temporary traction.
- Make sure you have sufficient heating fuel (oil, propane, gas).
- Winterize your home. Insulate walls and attic, caulk, weather strip doors, install storm windows.
- Have safe emergency heating equipment available, (fireplace with amply dry firewood, portable space/kerosene heaters).
- Keep pipes from freezing; know how to shut off all water valves.
- Install and/or check smoke detectors; check batteries.
- Have disaster supplies on hand in case power goes out; flashlight, extra batteries, battery-operated radio, first-aid kit, one-week supply of food and essential medicine, fresh bottled water, non-electric can opener, extra blankets, fire extinguisher.
- Develop an emergency family communication plan in case family members are separated (childcare, school, work).
- Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as a family contact especially after an advertised storm. This is extremely helpful for elderly family members.
Snow Removal - When It Snows
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT WHEN IT SNOWS
When it snows, County and contract forces concentrate on keeping primary County roads and major residential neighborhood streets passable. These roads are cleared down to bare pavement as soon as possible after a storm is over.
Plowing generally begins when snow becomes 1 to 3 inches deep and the temperature indicates there will be no melting. Even after plowing, snow that has been hard packed by traffic often remains on the street, and the plows are unable to remove it completely. In this type of situation, a mixture of sand and salt is spread to provide adequate traction.
- It takes a minimum of 12 hours following the end of a 3" to 4" snowfall to plow and/or treat every primary County road once
- After a 5" to 7" snowfall, you can expect primary and major residential County roads to be plowed within 18 to 24 hours.
- After an 8" to 10" snowfall, you can expect primary and major residential County roads to be plowed within 24 to 36 hours.
- 15" of snow will require about 36 to 48 hours, and 24" of snow will require 48 to 60 hours.
- Please note, the type of snow (wet or powder) the temperatures and wind conditions following a storm can alter this schedule.
- In some cases where snow is drifting and blowing, snow plows will concentrate on snow emergency routes and primary roads. This may decreases response time to residential or neighborhood roads.
Please be patient. Streets are plowed according to their priority and reviewed at the end of each season. County employees work around the clock until all 1,650 miles of County maintained streets are passable. We use a force of approximately 56 employees, 100 contractors, 200 pieces of snow removal equipment, and 5,000 tons of salt to get the job done.
- If you have a driveway, use it. The more cars off the street, the better the job we can do and the less likely it is that your car will be plowed in, splashed by salt spray or be the victim of a collision.
- If you do not have a driveway, park as close to the curb as possible on ONE SIDE OF THE STREET. Park your car on the EVEN NUMBERED side of the street. Move to the other side of the street after the plow has cleared it.
- To help avoid the frustration that may occur when a snowplow covers your driveway with snow after you have shoveled, stand facing the street and shovel snow to the right into your yard instead of into the street.
DNA Board Celebrates Neighborhood Transformation!
Over the past 10 years, six homeowners elected to the board, have worked diligently to make repairs, improvements, and renovations to Association amenities which have significantly enhanced the desirability of Dorchester for current and future residents.
Dorchester Neighborhood Office Hours
The 2018 Summer Newsletter has been posted online!
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Even though the 2018 Pool Season is over, it's never too late to start getting the jump on next season.
DCAC forms and Waivers of Liability will be mailed out and included with your 2019 HOA Payment Booklets. Liability forms must be signed and received by the office before DCACs can be activated for the 2019 season.
If you're new to the neighborhood, if you're missing the necessary forms for 2019, or you've never had DCAC(s) issued to you and/or your family, please call or stop by the Dorchester Neighborhood Office during normal business hours any time throughout the year.
IMPORTANT TIP: The Dorchester office is always busy just before and during pool season. Appointments may be necessary. You can avoid the pre-season crowds by taking care of DCAC business early!
Charles County Sheriff's Office:
NON EMERGENCY: (301) 932-2222
For all EMERGENCIES dial 911
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