Bridgeport officials prep for snowstorm
Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim declared a snow emergency Sunday, which means there will be no parking on any of the city's clearly posted snow emergency routes.
Those who work in city's Emergency Communications Center, where first responders will be on the line taking calls about snow-related emergencies, spent Sunday gearing up by reviewing their snowstorm protocols.
Director Scott Appleby says he has been tracking snow alerts directly from the National Weather Service. His focus now is the 24-hour period following Tuesday after midnight. Appleby says whatever the storm has in store, the department is determined to be ready.
"We're preparing for the worst and hoping for the best and making sure that all our emergency center staff is fully prepared and ready to go," he says.
Ganim says he has been working closely with the city's public facilities department to ensuring a well-timed and coordinated response. Once the preparations begin, Ganim urges the public to stay off the roads.
During the blizzard of 2013, the City of Bridgeport came under criticism for not responding quickly and thoroughly enough when it came to plowing the city's streets.