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Meridian calls out for snow volunteers in preparation for the next big storm

The City of Meridian is planning ahead of our next winter storm, leaving no neighbor behind and need your help. (File Photo){ }

The City of Meridian is planning ahead of our next winter storm, leaving no neighbor behind and need your help.

Last years record snowfall declared a state of emergency by the Mayor. In response, the City of Meridian activated a hotline system to deploy resources to those in critical need.

"This year we decided to get out ahead of that and we've put out the call for volunteers that are willing to help out in the state of emergency for people like that to call in," said Steve Siddoway, Director of Parks & Recreation, Meridian.

35 volunteers have already signed up. Some representing larger groups and church organizations that are willing to mobilize if needed.

"We're not creating a list of people to go out and shovel every storm. This is a list that will be used if a state of emergency has to be declared again this year," said Siddoway.

If declared, the City of Meridian has an emergency response team to prioritize phone calls for people who simply cannot leave their home. What's asked of a volunteer?

"The criteria is that they're ready and willing to help shovel. That they have the physical capability to be out there and help shovel walks and driveways, things like that," said Siddoway.

In a normal storm, city officials encourage residents to be prepared with shovels and locate storm drains to keep areas clear. Organizing volunteers is only an emergency tool for help.

"One of the things that we noticed last year with the crisis that we had during the snow events was that there was a lot of support from the ground up. That people were willing to reach out and help their neighbors. What we're doing is trying to help facilitate some of that help of neighbor helping neighbor," said Siddoway.

Want to help? You can sign up online by clicking here.

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