So far this year, the weather has been mild, but the National Weather Service claims a wintry mix may be in our future! Prepare for the possibility of ice and snow by considering your winter weather removal plan now.
First, consider signing up for the D.C. Government’s Volunteer Snow Program. This new, free service matches residences with a Snow Team member in their area. Once a match is found, a volunteer will come to assist you in shoveling at your home. If you signed up last year, there is no need to re-register. Some volunteers come with their own shovels; some make use of shovels at the owners home. Registration can also be made by calling 202-727-7925. Volunteers are needed!
You can also arrange for private snow removal services. Make arrangements now with a small, independent contractor in the community. These vendors negotiate rates based on the scope of work at each individual home, and it is recommended to contact them as soon as possible to secure a place on their schedules.
Don’t forget! The District has a Winter Sidewalk Safety Act (WSSA), which requires District residents to remove snow and ice from the paved sidewalks, ramps and curb cuts abutting their property after a snowstorm. Only qualified residents who are disabled and/or over the age of 65 are exempt from this requirement. Should you wish to qualify for this exemption, the online application can be found here: https://www.sse.dcdpw.us.