As Storm Approaches, Bloomberg Realizes Salt Saves Lives

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States and cities depend on road salt to fight winter storms according to the Salt Institute.

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“Salt is the most economical strategic resource in winter, and local governments should keep at least a year's supply on hand to ensure lives and commerce are protected," said Salt Institute President Lori Roman.

As the Northeastern United States braces for what could be the worst winter storm of the season, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has discovered a new found respect for salt. The Mayor tweeted “We're ready for #Nemo: We have 250,000+ tons of salt on hand, 350 salt spreaders & plows ready to be put on 1,800 Sanitation trucks.”

“This message will be a welcome relief for New Yorkers who suffered because of the city’s poor response to the 2010 blizzard,” said Salt Institute President Lori Roman.

In 2010, New York City was buried under two feet of snow and the poor response and lack of preparation left hundreds of motorists forced to abandon their stuck vehicles. More than 500 public buses also ended up stuck on city streets. Over 1,400 emergency calls to 911 went unanswered or suffered a significantly delayed response resulting in several avoidable deaths. Side streets were not cleared for days and flights were canceled at area airports.

Proper snow and ice removal is essential to public safety. According to the Federal Highway Administration more than 116,000 Americans are injured and 1,300 killed every year on snowy or icy roads. Shut downs from snow storms also have a significant economic impact. The American Highway Users Alliance estimates that snowstorms cost states as much as $700 million per day in lost economic activity if roads become impassable.

Salt is the most economical strategic resource in winter, and local governments should keep at least a year's supply on hand to ensure lives and commerce are protected. It is nice to see Mayor Bloomberg coming around in support of salt for a change,” said Roman.

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The Salt Institute is a North American based non-profit trade association dedicated to advancing the many benefits of salt, particularly to ensure winter roadway safety, quality water and healthy nutrition.

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