Posted by: Deirdre O'Brien, May 21st, 2015
With winter quickly fading into the background, it may seem the wrong time to start talking about winter preparedness programs and winter operations best practices. For an agency in the process of scaling back their winter operations in preparation for spring and summer operations, it’s exactly the right time to conduct a winter operations review. What did your agency do really well this past winter? What processes need further streamlining? Was your agency well-positioned to respond to the very first winter event of the past season? Could you perhaps have done something different to ensure an even better, more effective response?
We’ve compiled a winter preparedness checklist to help you gain an upper hand over whatever winter plans to send your way next season.
- Login to your portal in late September to ensure all units and telemetry inputs from your plow sensors and spreader controllers are working properly
- Place your new hardware orders in late September so your devices are installed and ready when you need them to be
- Calibrate your controllers when you commission your winter fleet. Don’t assume your contractors will take care of this function. Avoid skewed data or incorrect salt application rates and associated high costs – and make calibration a requirement
- Submit your routes/map, data/material changes 8 weeks prior to your anticipated “go-live” date and ensure your fleet management solution grows as your city grows
- Enrol in a winter preparedness program and bring your “A Game” to whatever winter delivers (a good program consists of GPS/AVL inspections, spreader controller communication checks, winter operations report verification, a website audit and more…)
Need help? Webtech Wireless can step you through all the steps you can take to prepare for winter. We also have a first-rate Winter Light-Up Program that will ensure your agency is primed and ready for the first winter event of the season.
Contact us to learn more.