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New Technology to Assist Public during Snow Storms

By Dylan Hall

Buffalo, NY – The last two winters have inflicted Buffalo with crippling snowstorms. This season, the city is employing innovative information technology to keep residents informed when the next storm hits.

The city's web site will include information on driving bans, emergency transportation routes and a detailed map of street conditions. Coordinator David DiSalvo said the information system will help keep residents safe during emergencies.

"Hopefully we wont have to use this, that's the real hope here, that we won't have to," DiSalvo said. "But in the event that we do, even when there is a driving ban, I think folks at home will get a good feeling that at least they know what's going on and when they can leave the house."

The next time a snow emergency is declared, DiSalvo said an online map will display the locations of shelters as well as which roads are passable and obstructed.

In the case of a storm evacuation, the web site will also provide the safest route out of the city.