By Stephen Mutty, Alexandria (File photo)
To the editor:
Last week, we went through an event that could overwhelm even the best-prepared municipalities. Some streets remained uncleared a week later in every corner of the D.C. area, including here in Alexandria.
As expected in the aftermath of a blizzard, the number of passable streets seems to be the measure by which local governments are graded on their response to a snow emergency. But one other factor, which was apparent at the height of the storm and in its immediate aftermath, is communication. On that front, Alexandria gets more than just a passing grade. To put it simply: the city stepped up.
Subscribers to the Alexandria eNews email service received regular emergency bulletins about road conditions and the city’s progress in dealing with the storm. These updates were not only timely and concise, but were full of information ranging from simply useful to lifesaving.
Alexandria residents: If you’re not subscribed to receive bulletins from the City of Alexandria, go to www.alexandriava.gov/enews before the snow starts falling again. Until you are dug out, stay informed.