City of Cleveland and ArcelorMittal Cleveland Melt Guns Surrendered at Police Buy-Back

On Wednesday, October 29, 2014, the City of Cleveland and ArcelorMittal Cleveland held a gun melt to recycle more than 270 guns that were surrendered at the 2014 City of Cleveland Gun Buy-Back last September.

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Mayor Jackson addresses the audience and media during the gun melt at ArcelorMittal

“This gun melt will take guns surrendered by their owners, recycle them into steel, and prevent them from ever being used in an act of violence,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “I’d like to thank ArcelorMittal for being a good partner in the City’s efforts to improve safety and reduce gun violence.”

“ArcelorMittal is proud to partner with the City, Cleveland Police Foundation and others to make our neighborhoods safer. Our support of the gun buyback program is a natural extension of our commitment to safety, both in our facility and our community.

We are pleased to melt down the collected weapons and recycle them into consumer goods that improve the quality of all our lives. The guns we melt will be transformed from weapons into washing machines, car parts, refrigerators and other steel products,” said Eric Hauge, Vice President & General Manager, ArcelorMittal Cleveland.

Following a media briefing, the guns were placed into the No. 1 Basic Oxygen Furnace iron ladle and will be melted by approximately 200 tons of molten iron, at temperatures of about 2,400 degrees Fahrenheit. The molten iron, along with scrap, is then charged in the basic oxygen furnace to make steel, which will eventually be used to manufacture cars, household appliances, and other goods.

ArcelorMittal Cleveland and its predecessor companies have worked with the City of Cleveland and other surrounding communities and agencies to destroy guns as a free community service.

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Large Crowds Expected for Thursday’s Cavaliers Game

The City of Cleveland and the Division of Police are expecting large crowds downtown Thursday for the Cavs home opener. Large crowds are expected to jam the downtown area and take part in the festivities. The confluence of inbound and outbound vehicular traffic could potentially result in traffic delays.

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Construction on East 9th Street is causing lane restrictions making travel slow. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate exits such as East 22nd Street (to St. Clair or Lakeside) or Ontario (to Huron to West 9th Street). There will be no parking on East 9th Street, Prospect Avenue from Ontario Street to East 14th Street and Huron Road from Ontario Street to Prospect Avenue.

Signs will be posted and meters bagged in advance. Illegally parked vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense and can be picked up at the division’s One Stop Impound Lot located at 3040 Quigley Road.

In an effort to prevent unnecessary inconvenience to motorists, and to ensure an enjoyable experience downtown, the Cleveland Division of Police are offering the following tips:

  • Arrive downtown early
  • Utilize public transportation such as buses and the rapid transit system
  • If driving is necessary or desirable plan a travel route into and out of the city and have a secondary route in mind
  • Familiarize yourself with downtown parking garages and surface lots – understand that the lots nearest the arena generally fill up first
  • Abide by parking prohibitions
  • Be aware of increased pedestrian traffic particularly around the Q Arena.

City of Cleveland Announces Big City Boo 2014

On Friday, October 31st, from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM, the City of Cleveland will host “Big City Boo” in the City’s 22 recreational centers. This annual event provides a safe alternative to trick-or treating for Cleveland’s children. Parents, guardians and caregivers can take their children, 12 and under, to the City’s recreation centers for games, contests and other family friendly activities plus Halloween treats.

Residents can contact their neighborhood recreation centers for more information. All of these events are free and open to the public.  Those who choose to collect candy in their neighborhoods on October 31st should do so during the designated time of 6 PM – 8 PM.

Listed below are recommendations for a safe Halloween:

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  • Adults should accompany young children – older children should travel in groups.
  • Children should wear light colored clothing short enough to prevent tripping.
  • Add reflective tape to increase visibility.
  • Make sure children can see through their masks or use make-up.
  • Avoid hard plastic or wooden props such as daggers or swords – instead use foam or other soft and flexible materials.
  • Carry and use a flashlight after dark.
  • Visit homes within your own neighborhood – homes that you know with lights on.
  • Never go into deserted buildings or isolated areas.
  • Avoid shortcuts through empty parks, fields, or alleys.
  • Be alert for vehicle traffic; never approach a parked car; move away from a car that pulls up next to you.
  • If someone is following you, go quickly to the nearest occupied public place (mall, store, recreation center, gas station, fire station etc.) and scream for help.
  • Only give and accept wrapped or packaged candy.
  • Parents should examine all candy before allowing children to eat it and report anything suspicious to the police.
  • Keep costumed children away from pets who may become frightened.

PCU (Portable Camera Unit) Locations 10/20/2014 – 11/07/2014

The following will be active locations for the city’s Portable Camera Units (PCUs) beginning Monday, October 20, 2014. Legislation passed in May, 2013  increased the number of fixed camera sites from 24 to 49 and increased portable sites from 6 to 15. These locations will be active from October 20 to November 7, 2014.

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  • 11327 Martin Luther King Drive
  • 11400 Block Edgewater Drive
  • 2300 Block of St. Clair Avenue
  • 1500 Block of West 25th Street
  • 4300 Block of Payne Avenue
  • 2100 Block of Clark Avenue
  • 15900 Lorain Avenue
  • 6411 St. Clair Avenue
  • 7600 Clark Avenue
  • St. Clair Avenue and Lancelot Avenue
  • East 177 Block of Villaview Road
  • 2600 Block of North Moreland Boulevard
  • West 104th Street & Madison Avenue
  • 4900 Block of Rocky River Drive
  • 6600 Fleet Avenue

Cleveland Department of Public Health and Cuyahoga County Board of Health Post Joint Press Conference Update 10/20/2014

The Cleveland Department of Public Health and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health continued their series of joint press conferences on October 20, 2014, designed to update the public on the response to the Ebola incident in Northeast Ohio. Director Toinette Parrilla spoke on the on-going efforts between the Joint Incident Command and Cleveland area hospitals to prepare for a confirmed case of Ebola, if needed. There are NO current cases of Ebola in Northeast Ohio.

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Director of Public Health, Toinette Parrilla

“We have evaluated and will continue to evaluate our area hospitals and health care system’s capacity to respond to a positive Ebola incident in Northeast Ohio if one were to occur,” said Director Parrilla.

“I feel confident in our region’s healthcare system after evaluating key aspects of readiness, including personal protective equipment (PPE), decontamination procedures, transportation protocol, and proper procedure for disposal of biohazard waste.”

Cuyahoga County Board of Health spokesman Kevin Brennan gave an overview of current monitoring efforts now underway in the State and County. “Currently, the State is monitoring 142 contacts of Ms. Vinson, all of which are healthy,” said Brennan. “32 of those contacts are in Cuyahoga County and 21 of the 142 are in the City of Cleveland.” “There are no cases of Ebola in Northeast Ohio and we do not have any indication to suspect otherwise.”

Assistant Director of Public Safety, Ed Eckart

Assistant Director of Public Safety, Ed Eckart

Assistant Director of Public Safety Ed Eckart spoke last and provided an update on coordinated efforts between local and county-wide emergency responders. “This week we will continue to meet with our fire and police partners throughout the county in order to share information and best practices,” said Eckart.

“In addition, our recently implemented protocol for 9-1-1 dispatchers, designed to detect a potential Ebola diagnosis, has been received positively by the community and public safety forces alike.”

The Emergency Operation Center and Joint Information Center of City the of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County Board of Health is still operational and will continue to provide updates.

Local Northeast Ohio residents and visitors are encouraged to dial 2-1-1 twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, with general questions on the Ebola virus or contact the CDC for general information about Ebola at (800) CDC-INFO

Cleveland Department of Public Health and Cuyahoga County Board of Health Joint Press Conference 10/20/2014 at 2:00 pm

The Cleveland Department of Public Health and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health will be holding a joint press conference today at 2:00 pm in the 3rd Floor Media Room at  205 W St Clair Avenue.

Toinette Parrilla, Director of the Cleveland Department of Public Health, and Terry Allan, Commissioner of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, will be updating the public on the Ebola response.

Who:

Director of Public Health, Toinette Parrilla

Commissioner of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Terry Allan

Assistant Director of Public Safety, Ed Eckart

What:

Update on the Ebola response

Where:

205 W St Clair Avenue Cleveland, OH 44113
3rd Floor, Media Room

2:00 pm

Cleveland Department of Public Health and Cuyahoga County Board of Health Post Joint Press Conference Update 10/18/2014

The Cleveland Department of Public Health and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health held a joint press conference on October 18, 2014, to update the public on the response to the Ebola incident. Director Toinette Parrilla and Commissioner Terry Allan both spoke to on-going efforts between regional health care providers, state officials, CDC, and health departments to ensure that all area hospitals are prepared  capable to handle an Ebola outbreak.

“All major health care systems in the Cleveland region are prepared to deal with a positive case of Ebola in Northeast Ohio if one were to occur,” said Director of Public Health, Toinette Parilla. “Today, myself and Commissioner Allan met with representatives from the CDC as we toured the MetroHealth system and witnessed, first-hand, the capacity of our health networks to deal with an Ebola case from triage to delivery of service.” “While there are no current cases of Ebola in Northeast Ohio, we are more than ready to deal with one.”

Terry Allan, Commissioner of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, reminded the public and media that the actual risk posed by Ebola is minimal. “To date, all of those who were in close contact with the Ms. Vinson are healthy,” said Commissioner Allan. “This is important to note because if these contacts are not ill then they do not pose a health risk.” Additionally, Commissioner Allan noted that those who are being monitored as close contacts in Dallas are healthy and nearing the end of their 21 day incubation period.

Assistant Director of Public Safety Ed Eckart spoke last and provided an update on the safety precautions taken by City of Cleveland first responders. “Today and tomorrow our Fire Department first responders will be finishing an educational session regarding Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and operational protocol,” said Eckart. “We are constantly receiving feedback from our safety personnel and using that feedback to improve our response plans.”

The Emergency Operation Center and Joint Information Center of City the of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County Board of Health is still operational and will continue to provide updates.

Local Northeast Ohio residents and visitors are encouraged to dial 2-1-1 twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week with general questions on the Ebola virus or contact the CDC for general information about Ebola at (800) CDC-INFO

Read all notes from today’s press conference here