City of Cleveland’s Winter Weather Update – January 7, 2014 at 9:30 AM

CLEVELAND –The City of Cleveland Emergency Operations Center continues to monitor conditions and assist with coordination of services to Cleveland residents. With below zero temperatures and wind chill ratings, City of Cleveland employees designated as essential during inclement weather reported to work today for their normal shifts.

Public Safety is fully operational and has a normal complement of police, fire, Traffic Controllers and EMS personnel on duty. Most other city services are available and all offices are staffed.

The City encourages everyone to limit travel and stay home if possible to prevent hypothermia, frostbite and other cold-related hazards. If you must venture out, take appropriate precautions to limit exposure; dress in layers and cover all exposed skin. For non-emergency assistance and access to social services, residents should call 211. For all emergencies, please call 911.


  • Residential waste collection has been cancelled for today and is scheduled to resume tomorrow, Wednesday, January 8.  This will delay collection for the remainder of the week (i.e., if a resident’s normal waste collection day is Tuesday; it will be picked up on Wednesday, etc.).
  • Career Advancement Workshops and Application for Job Readiness classes through Workforce Development have been canceled for today.

Services available:

  • Three Cleveland recreation centers will be open around the clock until 8 a.m. Wednesday, January 8, 2014 to serve as warming centers.  Hours have been extended at 17 other recreation centers across the city. These centers will be open until 8 p.m. Monday evening and will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Details can be found here.
  • City of Cleveland Health Centers (J. Glen Smith Health Center, and T. McCafferty Health Center) are open until 4:00 p.m., and the Bureau of Vital Statistics will be open from until 2:00 p.m.
  • The Department of Public Utilities is working and all public offices are open.  Emergency utility repairs will be made. Crews have been instructed to minimize exposure to the elements and will prioritize repairs as necessary.
  • There will be some commercial waste pick up today as this operation does not necessitate laborers getting out of the vehicle to service their customers.
  • Building and Housing Chief Inspectors are in and will be available to respond to emergency inspection requests. Staff are on hand to intake construction project plans and, if essential, to issue building permits.
  • Both, CLE and BKL Airports are open. However, some airlines have cancelled flights. Passengers should contact their airline or visit for their flight status prior to visiting the airport.
  • The Department of Aging will respond to calls from seniors in need and assist respond as necessary to calls for service through the Emergency Operations Center.
  • Workforce Development is open at 1020 Bolivar Avenue and 11699 Brookpark Road for basic services.
  • The Department of Finance, including the Division of Assessments and Licenses; and Economic Development, City Planning and Community Development are open and have staff available to be able to respond to calls and questions.
  • The Divisions of Streets, Property Management, and Parks Maintenance are at full staff.