It is really cold today! With more severe cold and wind chill temperatures expected through Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 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. Director Jane Fumich, Department of Aging, encourages you to check on your older relatives, friends and neighbors and offers advice here.
For non-emergency assistance and access to social services, residents should call 211. For all emergencies, please call 911.
The City of Cleveland Emergency Operations Center is monitoring conditions and assisting with the coordination of services to Cleveland residents.
- Warming Centers: City of Cleveland recreation centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, Tuesday and Wednesday to serve as warming centers. 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. Those seeking additional assistance for heat and shelter issues should contact 211 to be connected to area resources.
- Residential waste collection has been cancelled for Tuesday, January 28 and is scheduled to resume Wednesday, January 29. (i.e., if a resident’s normal waste collection day is Tuesday; it will be picked up on Wednesday, etc.).
- Workforce Development’s locations at 1020 Bolivar and 11699 Brookpark Road will be closed to the public.
- City Staff: Due to the severe cold and below zero wind chill ratings, Mayor Jackson is directing only essential personnel to report to work on Tuesday, January 28, 2014. The city will maintain all essential Public Safety, Public Works and Public Utilities functions. Cleveland City Hall will be open with minimal staffing.
- Services available Tuesday, January 28, 2014:
- City of Cleveland Health Centers (J. Glen Smith Health Center and T. McCafferty Health Center) are open until 4:00 p.m.
- The Bureau of Vital Statistics (Cleveland City Hall) will be open from 8 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
- The Department of Building and Housing Chief Inspectors will be available to inspect on emergency situations. Limited staffing will be available to intake construction project plans and, if essential, to issue building permits.
- Both, CLE and BKL Airports are open. Passengers should contact their airline or visit www.clevelandairport.com for their flight status prior to visiting the airport.
- The Department of Aging will respond to calls from seniors in need and assist or respond as necessary to calls for service through the Emergency Operations Center.
- 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 respond to calls and questions.
- Roads: Crews are working in the residential streets throughout this afternoon and evening. Please move cars off of residential streets to allow plows curb-to-curb access.
- Parking Ban: The parking ban has been lifted as of Tuesday, January 28 at 8:00 AM.
The City of Cleveland encourages residents to:
- Bring pets indoors! Pets are vulnerable to below-freezing temperatures and wind chill.
- Park off-street on all city streets to give snow plows room to plow curb-to-curb.
- Stay off the streets as much as possible for their own personal safety and to allow snow plows greater access to the city’s roadways.
- If you must travel, use caution, allow extra time, and remember not to “block the box” at intersections.
- Visit ready.gov for more information on how to make an emergency plan and supply kit.
- Residents and City Employees should pay attention to local news for weather advisories and visit http://www.city.cleveland.oh.us/ and clecityhall.com for up-to-date information from the City of Cleveland.