Winter weather is on everyone’s mind as we prepare for possible snow and freezing temperatures in Seattle. At SDOT, we’re focused on getting everyone information on what to expect on the roads and how to commute safely, but that means more than just tweets with “Winter is Coming” GIFs (although we have plenty of those too.)
As Seattle grows and diversifies so too has our outreach, and our Winter Weather Brochure is available in 10 different languages to reflect our booming immigrant and refugee populations. But, when it comes to distributing these materials to immigrant populations who need them, we needed a little help from our friends at Seattle’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA).
The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs works directly with families to find jobs, access government resources, and achieve citizenship, so they were the perfect partner to help us with winter weather outreach to our city’s diverse immigrant communities.
Although there is uncertainty over future changes in federal immigration policies, this winter Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signed an Executive Order reaffirming Seattle as a Welcoming City. This means departments throughout our city will focus on inclusion and remaining accessible to all residents, and OIRA is leading the charge.
We will continue to provide the most up to date information on winter impacts to your commute (take a look at our live map), and thanks to help from OIRA we can ensure that information reaches all Seattle residents, regardless of citizenship status.