Sign Up for DPW Alerts – Snow Emergency Information

Northampton’s Department of Public Works is circulating this announcement:

Anyone can sign up for DPW Alerts at the following link:

While these messages will primarily convey Snow Emergency information (with subsequent towing), other alerts and emergencies (like flooding and major road closures) may also be emailed to you.

These alerts serve as a back-up for the more current, reliable, and detailed information provided by the Snow Hotline (413-586-6969) and our local news media.

See also:

Northampton Department of Public Works: Winter Parking

The Towing – An Open Letter from Ellen LaFleche (12/19/08)

Gazette: “In Our Opinion: A ticket and towing blitz” (12/24/08)
Amid so much confusion over the snow emergency, the police response was excessive. The city would be well served to reconsider the manner in which it initiates and enforces its snow emergencies. It can do much better than it did last week.

Gazette: “Blizzard of towing, ticketing across Northampton” (12/19/08)
In Northampton, 167 motorists woke Thursday morning to [discover they had been towed]… Police said a total of about 300 tickets were written Thursday for vehicles both towed and left parked…

Columbus Avenue resident Ashley Didion said she saw a news report Wednesday morning that the parking ban had been lifted, and never learned it was reinstated later. After her pickup truck was towed about 1 a.m. Thursday, she said, she spent the next six hours trying to track it down…