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Officials: Baltimore is fully prepared for the winter

Posted at 5:51 PM, Nov 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-12 17:51:48-05

BALTIMORE — Parts of Maryland are already seeing snow and in Baltimore, officials say the city is fully prepared for the upcoming season.

The city has a budget of more than $6 million, 294 pieces of equipment, 300 contractor apparatuses, more than 15,000 tons of salt and a 36,000 gallon salt brine capacity.

On Tuesday, officials stressed the importance of being prepared for winter emergencies. Residents should plan ahead by creating emergency supply kits for their homes and cars.

"The basic items are a battery powered or crank powered radio, a portable water supply for each person in your family, that's typically one gallon per person per day and a battery powered or crank powered flashlight to see in the dark in case you lose utility service," said David McMillan, Director for the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management.

For the fifth winter in a row, the Department of Transportation's youth snow shoveling program is open.

Students between 14 and 21 can shovel snow for senior citizens and disabled residents for money. If you're interested in the program, you can call 311 for an application.