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Minneapolis unveils improved Snow Emergency app

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: November 27, 2013 - 1:55 PM

Minneapolis has upgraded its mobile app so smartphone users can get instant information on parking restrictions that go into effect when the city declares a snow emergency.

Mayor R.T. Rybak unveiled the new version Wednesday during a presentation at the city's Public Works facility.

Available for iPhone and Android devices," the new app contains detailed, timely and useful information including if a Snow Emergency has been declared, and puts detailed parking rules right in the palm of your hand, the city said in a news release.

Those who downloaded last year’s version of the app should update it to the current version, the city said.

The improved app tells drivers where they can and can’t park on Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3 of a Snow Emergency. It also allows drivers to sign up for email and text alerts and features a quick call button that connects to the Minneapolis Snow Emergency hotline.

Minneapolis residents have additional ways to get the word when the city declares a snow emergency.

  • Hotline - The automated line 612-348-SNOW will include the most current information regarding parking rules. The hotline includes information in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong.
  • The City’s website - Go to www.minneapolismn.gov/snow to find out whether a Snow Emergency has been declared. The street lookup, which lets you put in an address or a neighborhood to see where you can park during a Snow Emergency.
  • Phone alerts - Minneapolis uses a high speed, voice messaging system to alert residents when Snow Emergencies are declared. People can add cellphone numbers or any other phone number to this call list by signing up on the City’s website.
  • Email alerts - People can sign up to get Snow Emergency automatic email alerts.
  • The media - News releases are sent to the media so TV, radio stations and other news outlets can inform their viewers and listeners that a Snow Emergency is in effect.
  • Cable TV - Tune in to cable channels 14 and 79. These channels will have information in several languages when a Snow Emergency is declared.  
  • Facebook – Like Minneapolis Snow Emergency on Facebook.
  • Twitter -. If you have a Twitter account, just follow Minneapolis Snow Emergency on Twitter.  Both the Twitter and Facebook pages will tell fans and followers when a Snow Emergency is declared.

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