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Dover Police Winter Storm Preparation 3-4-15


The National Weather Service in Mt. Holly, New Jersey has issued a Winter Storm Warning beginning Wednesday at 11:00PM and lasting through Thursday at 7:00PM with 6″-9″ of snow accumulation being predicted.  The Dover region will see rain throughout the day Wednesday, changing over to snow as the temperature drops at night.


  • The City of Dover Police Department will continue normal patrol operations throughout the duration of the storm and has a fleet of 4×4 vehicles prepared to continue to serve the City of Dover.
  • The following streets must be cleared of parked vehicles within 1 hour of the first snowfall: Division Street, Water Street, Governors Avenue, and State Street. Vehicles not moved are subject to ticketing and towing at the owners expense by the City of Dover Police Department.snowsign
  • City of Dover residents must clear their sidewalks of snow within 24 hours after final snowfall. This code is strictly enforced by City of Dover Inspections/Code Enforcement.
  • The City is requesting that residents NOT leave trash cans and other items on the curb/sidewalks to allow room for the plows to clear the roadways without obstacles.
    If possible, do not park on any roadsides to allow plows the ability to properly clear roadways.



The City of Dover Police Department strongly urges motorists to avoid any unnecessary travel once the snow begins to fall. Driving only puts you and public safety workers at risk. This also allows the plow drivers plenty of room on our roadways to properly clear the roads of accumulating snow. If you must travel, please follow the following recommendations:


Should the Governor call for driving restrictions, the following information will apply:
The following levels are found in Title 20 of the Delaware Code, Subsection 3116(b)(12) (see below reference for exact charge) and may be put in effect by the Governor during a State of Emergency for all or parts of Delaware based on conditions.

Level 1 Driving Warning: Drivers are discouraged from operating a motor vehicle on the state’s roadways, unless there is a significant safety, health or business reason to do so.
Level 2 Driving Restriction: Travel on the roads is restricted to emergency workers, public utilities, healthcare providers including hospital staff, public and private operators of snow removal equipment, private sector food and fuel deliveries, and those industries, companies or organization that have been provided a waiver, including businesses with pressing continuity and operational issues.
Level 3 Driving Ban: Complete ban on driving except for first responders, utility personnel, and public or private snow removal. Businesses and organizations should adjust work schedules so that employees do not need to be on the roads during a Level 3 Driving Ban.


  • Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
  • Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery
  • Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and extra blankets and warm clothing for all household members
  • Ample alternate heating methods such as fireplaces or wood or coal-burning stoves
  • Routinely check on elderly family and neighbors
  • Bring ALL Pets INDOORS
  • Turn faucets on a low drip to prevent freezing of household pipes
  • If pipes are frozen, DO NOT use a blow torch or other flame source to thaw them!!!


People seeking shelter should dial 211 from any phone. An Intake Housing Specialist will be available to assist between the hours of M-F; 8-5. After hours calls to 211 will be directed to shelters with openings. Additional Code Purple shelter information is listed below (copied from Code Purple website):

Code Purple will be in effect Wednesday, March 4th thru Saturday, March 7th.  The following sanctuaries will be open (addresses to follow after the schedule):


Wednesday, March 4th
Dover Presbyterian (men only) opens 5pm
Wesley UMC (women and children) opens 5pm
Milford Community Center (women and children) opens 5pm
Centennial UMC, Smyrna (men only) opens 5pm

Thursday, March 5th
Dover Presbyterian (men only) opens 5pm
Wyoming UMC (men only) opens 6pm
Wesley UMC (women and children) opens 5pm
Milford Community Center (women and children) opens 5pm
Centennial UMC, Smyrna (men only) opens 5pm

Friday, March 6th
Dover Presbyterian (men only) opens 5pm
Wyoming UMC (men only) opens 6pm
Christ Church (men only) opens 5pm
Shepherd’s Place (women and children) opens 5pm
Milford Community Center (women and children) opens 5pm
Centennial UMC, Smyrna (men only) opens 5pm

Saturday, March 7th
Dover Presbyterian (men only) opens 5pm
Wyoming UMC (men only) opens 6pm
Shepherd’s Place (women and children) opens 5pm
Milford Community Center (women and children) opens 5pm
Centennial UMC, Smyrna (men only) opens 5pm


Addresses for the Shelters:
Calvary Baptist Church 410 Fulton Street Dover, DE
Christ Church 523 South State Street Dover, DE
Dover Interfaith Mission for Housing 684 Forest Street Dover, DE (302-736-3600)
Dover Presbyterian Church 54 S State Street Dover, DE (entrance is on Reed Street)
Milford Community Center 105 NE Front Street Milford, DE
Mt Carmel Church 117 N West Street Dover, DE
Shepherd’s Place 1362 S Governor’s Ave Dover, DE
Wesley UMC 209 S State Street Dover, DE (Building behind the Church on E North Street- purple lights in the window)
Wyoming UMC 216 Wyoming Mill Road Dover, DE 19901
Morning leave time is 7am for each day listed.
Please call 1-800-733-6816 for any further updates this week



***A Message from the Dover Police Animal Control Unit***
10929195_825574020817721_1803610606467899371_nWith temperatures below freezing, please remember to bring your pets inside in the cold weather, snow, and ice. Animal Cruelty is a crime in Delaware. If it is too cold outside for you, it’s probably too cold outside for your pets. If you must leave your pets outside, it is required they have adequate shelter, consisting of three sides and a roof, and fresh (unfrozen) water at all times. Wood chips are an excellent idea for bedding and allow for adequate drainage/drying. Blankets/towels will absorb moisture and can worsen the situation for the animal. A plastic covering or an unused thick door mat covering the doghouse entrance works excellent to keep the wind out if you need a makeshift door. Dover Police Animal Control will be conducting checks on animals in the City of Dover to ensure adequate shelter or water laws are followed and seizing animals if violations are found. Animal Cruelty in the City of Dover fines can range up to $100.00 per dog with stiffer penalties for violations of state laws. Please report any animal cruelty to the Dover Police Department 302-736-7111.