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Neighborhood Shoveling Teams

Neighborhood Shoveling Teams

We love the snow, but residential and commercial property owners should clear the snow from their sidewalks within the first 8 hours of daylight after a storm ends

Here are some suggestions for organizing your neighborhood shoveling team.

  • Before the first snowfall, talk with your neighbors.  Find out who can help and who needs help, who has a shovel and who needs one.  Exchange contact information:  name, phone number(s), email, Twitter, Facebook.
  • Keep a list of those who can help and make a call every now and then to those who said they couldn’t.  They might change their mind.
  • Identify a team leader and determine a location to meet to begin clearing sidewalks.
  • Neighborhood teams with members that are social media savvy may want to develop a Twitter feed and post updates on social media forums.
  • Gather snow shoveling resources (shovels, salt, sand) as soon as possible.
  • Identify a safe and legal location to pile snow.
  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major cause of death during the winter.
  • Let your neighbors know if you will be out of town, so they can clear your sidewalk in your absence.
  • Make it fun.  Build snow people. Host a post-shoveling party.
  • DPW solid waste enforcement personnel drive plows during snow storms, so they are not available to enforce sidewalk clearing violations. Please take care of your sidewalk and help your neighbors with theirs.

Learn more about creating a neighborhood snow team at Serve DC.