Press Release From Mayor Ravenstahl's Office on Winter Weather Alert
|January 31, 2011||Posted by engagedcitizen under Pittsburgh|
With large storm predicted for Pittsburgh – the mayor’s office sent out this press release on Monday afternoon.
MAYOR URGES RESIDENTS TO PREPARE FOR SEVERE WINTER WEATHER
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today urged residents to prepare for snow, sleet and freezing rain tonight and tomorrow. According to the National Weather Service, precipitation will begin as light snow this evening, with sleet and freezing rain mixing in by Tuesday morning. Prolonged freezing rain on Tuesday could lead to the largest ice accumulations of the season, posing serious public safety concerns. The City is under a winter warning from 7 p.m. this evening until 5 p.m. Tuesday.
“We know that this is a very wide-spread storm that will affect our area and many other areas. We also know that the wide-spread nature of this storm brings about a high level of unpredictability, so we must prepare ourselves for the worst and of course hope for the best,” Ravenstahl said. “I encourage residents and commuters to stay in tomorrow morning. If you must drive, commuters need to prepare for slick roads, and possible downed trees and power lines.”
“I urge residents to exercise extreme caution,” Public Safety Director Michael Huss said. “When we have ice accumulation, the number of 911 calls for slip-and-falls spikes significantly. In addition, residents should expect wide-spread power outages.”
The City encourages residents to prepare for the weather conditions now:
- Minimize travel as much as possible Monday night and Tuesday morning.
- Salt/treat your walkways now. Be cautious of black ice and walk slowly.
- Check on elderly or special needs neighbors and make sure they are adequately prepared.
- Have 72-hour emergency kit fully stocked and ready to go.
- Stay away from downed trees near power lines and be prepared for loss of electricity.
- Stay informed and monitor media outlets – maintain a battery powered/hand-crank radio, fully charged laptop or cell phone in order to stay informed of further weather developments.
- The City of Pittsburgh Public Works has issues a Phase 1 Snow Emergency Alert, with 1”-3” of forecasted snow/ice. Crews will be working 12-hour shifts and all DPW equipment will be put into salt mode. The Forestry Division and Fire Department is on standby for possible downed trees. Additional tree contractors are also on alert if needed.
In addition, the City’s pre-identified warming centers are on alert for possible opening. Residents have received a mailer with information on warming centers and emergency preparation.
Residents are reminded to report power outages and downed trees on or near power lines to Duquesne Light, at 412-393-7000 or 888-393-7000.Down trees on public right of way should be reported to 911.