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Monday, February 16, 2015
City Advises Residents to Prepare for Winter Weather
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The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Warning for the City of Richmond from 4 p.m. today, February 16 until noon Tuesday, February 17, as the city will be impacted by winter weather during this timeframe. As a result, the City of Richmond encourages residents to take precautions now in preparation for winter precipitation. To help residents prepare for winter weather, the City offers the following safety recommendations:

Stay inside if possible. If you need to go out, dress in several layers of lightweight clothing. Wear mittens or gloves and a hat, preferably one that covers your ears;
Seek medical attention immediately if you have symptoms of hypothermia or frostbite;
Avoid overloading electrical outlets;
Do not connect a generator directly to your home’s wiring or house a generator inside your home. Connecting a portable electric generator directly to your household wiring can be deadly to you and others. A generator that is directly connected to your home’s wiring may ‘back feed’ onto the power lines connected to your home;
If space heaters are being used, follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to safely use the heater. Make sure your space heater is three feet from any flammable material. Turn the space heater off when you leave the room or go to sleep. Keep children and pets away from your space heater;
Stoves or ovens should not be used as an alternate source to heat your home.
Bring your pets indoors. If you are unable to bring pets inside, provide adequate shelter to keep them warm and make sure they can get to unfrozen water.

Residents are encouraged to always maintain an emergency supply kit to include essential supplies that will last at least three days. Supply kits should include a hand-cranked or battery-powered radio and extra batteries, non-perishable food and water, toiletries, flashlights, a first aid kit and medications. Also, include items needed for infants, seniors, and pets.

The City’s Cold Weather Overflow Shelter will open tonight, February 16 and Tuesday, February 17 as overnight temperatures are forecasted to remain at or below 40 degrees during this time period. The overflow shelter is located in the City’s Public Safety Building at 505 North 9th Street. The shelter entrance is the second entrance on the 9th Street side of the building closest to Leigh Street. The shelter opens at 7 p.m. and closes the following morning at 6 a.m. Shelter registration will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Food will not be provided and pets are not allowed.

The City’s Cold Weather Day Warming site is open today, February 16 and Tuesday, February 17 from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The day warming site is located in the Public Safety Building, 505 North 9th Street.

Residents in need of overnight shelter are asked to report to Commonwealth Catholic Charities Homeless Point of Entry by 5 p.m. each day for a comprehensive intake and referral to the appropriate shelter. Commonwealth Catholic Charities Homeless Point of Entry is located at 511 West Grace Street. A referral to the Cold Weather Overflow Shelter will be provided to individuals who are not eligible for an existing shelter or if all available beds have been filled. Individuals seeking access to the Overflow Shelter must have a referral.

The City’s Department of Social Services provides emergency assistance with gas and electric disconnection notices for residents who qualify. Residents can also call the Fuel Line at (804) 646-7046.

Elderly or residents with disabilities may also contact Senior Connections for assistance at (804) 343-3000, Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Businesses have a critical role in emergency preparedness. Putting such a plan in place now will improve the likelihood that your business or company will survive and recover from emergencies or disasters. Visit www.ready.gov/business for more information.

Posted by Office of the Press Secretary to the Mayor at 11:00 AM



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