The City of Portland plans to open up Monday at 10:00am if the weather doesn’t worsen.
Many say the city has fared much better this storm than it did in 2008. Mark Ross with Portland Parks and Recreation says they have performed better for a few reasons “commissioner Amanda Fritz, as well as every member of City Council, rotates through the disaster chair so that any Council member is able to administer these sort of things without 30 advisors all talking over each other,” Ross told KXL. “There’s a series of agreed upon steps that are in place because of lessons learned in part from the big December of 2008 snow storm.”
Parks and Recreation was working so well during the storm, they even were able to go above and beyond Ross said, “Sam Sachs, one of our park rangers, is leading the charge to hand out gloves that he gets from donations and sometimes buys on his own dime to hand out to homeless folks. We’re giving people directions to social services, and information to residents. Everyone is on the same team here, it’s pretty gratifying to see.”
The city even went high tech, using a federal system called Wireless Emergency Alerts. They warned residents to remain indoors and avoid traveling due to icy conditions. The system, sent a special alert tone and a 90 character message to all WEA-enabled cell phones in Multnomah County. The message read: “Portland strongly urges all residents to stay indoors today & not travel due to ice.”