דלג לתוכן העמוד

Jerusalem completing its preparations for winter

The Municipality is trimming trees and cleaning drainage systems, and is ready to operate emergency vehicles and snowplows

The Municipality's Emergency Division, along with the rest of the Municipality's divisions, is currently completing its preparations for the upcoming winter. 

  • Trees that could endanger pedestrians or property in public spaces are being trimmed by members of the City Improvement Department. 
  • The stocks of salt for preventing the freezing of roads have been fully replenished.  
  • The Hagihon Corporation continues to clean the municipal drainage system.
  • The Sanitation Department continues to clean drainage openings and clear away leaves in public spaces, and is prepared to operate emergency vehicles and snowplows in the event of snow.  
  • The Municipality will distribute blankets and heating systems to needy families and elderly people in advance, according to the relevant criteria.
  • Calls are continuously being made to city residents who live alone in order to check their readiness for the cold weather. 
  • The Municipality's 106 hotline is prepared to answer the public's calls 24/7, and to direct the city's staff to assist those affected by extreme weather, such as flooding, strong winds and storms, as well as deal with damaged power lines as well as fallen branches and trees.  

The Municipality recommends residents to check the operation of their heating systems, particularly ones that require ventilation. Also, they should make sure that any holes in their roofs are sealed, that their windows and shutters can be completely closed, and that the openings of water drainage systems in their yards and on their roofs are clear.  

In addition to trimming trees and branches in private yards located close to power lines, residents should check the safety of electricity systems and make sure that they have emergency lighting. It is important to tighten the attachment of antennas, water heaters and other objects on roofs. On days with extreme weather conditions, such as strong winds, heavy rain, and possible flooding or snow, take down objects that could fall from high places, such as flowerpots, planters, and signs.  

Residents should avoid elevators and underground areas if there is a possibility of flooding, and avoid crossing any roads that are already flooded. Residents should not approach or try to cross strong flows of water, even if they are in in 4x4 vehicles. If they are in danger, they should call the Fire and Rescue Authority's 102 hotline.

Residents should avoid staying under awnings, pergolas, huts or temporary structures that could collapse. If there is a possibility of extreme cold, let hot water trickle from the faucet in order to prevent the water in solar water heater pipes from freezing – otherwise, the pipes could burst. 

The public is requested to avoid activities which may be dangerous, to remain alert and be careful when driving or otherwise traveling on the roads.  

To receive additional information or report casualties or damage, please contact the Municipality's 106 hotline.     

 

Rainy day on Jaffa Street Artlcle Photo: Noam Chen
Tree-trimming work Artlcle Photo: City Improvement Department, Municipality of Jerusalem

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