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Stay Safe and Warm in Cuyahoga County

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The County offers resources to help residents prepare for frigid temperatures

CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OH – In anticipation of extremely cold temperatures, Cuyahoga County urges residents to be prepared for winter weather. Very low temperatures and high winds can quickly become hazardous for people, pets, and property. Residents are advised to adhere to guidelines set forth by their respective municipalities regarding winter weather.

BE AWARE: Residents should be aware of their city’s policy regarding snow removal and parking bans. Parking bans are often initiated to allow room for passage of snow removal and emergency vehicles. Vehicles in violation of active snow bans are subject to ticketing and towing. In the event of severe weather, trash and recycling services can be impacted or delayed.

Cuyahoga County recognizes the critical need for safe havens for our vulnerable population. Our Office of Homeless Services works closely with providers through the Continuum of Care to ensure area shelters are open and have available space. The Continuum of Care is an extensive network of agencies that plans, organizes, and delivers housing and services to prevent homelessness, assist people while they are homeless, and help transition people into stable housing.

Anyone seeking shelter should contact Coordinated Entry at 216-674-7400 or visit the City of Cleveland's Warming Centers. Residents are also encouraged to check in on seniors and those living at risk or needing assistance.

RESOURCES

SAFETY TIPS

  • Dress warm: If you must go outside, wear several layers of loose fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellant. Always wear a hat and cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia: Frostbite can result in loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ears, and the tip of the nose. Hypothermia can cause uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion. If symptoms of frostbite or hypothermia are detected, get medical help as soon as possible.
  • Keep your pets safe: If it is too cold for you to be outside, it is probably too cold for your pet! Be sure to provide shelter for animals who regularly spend time outdoors. 
  • Be prepared for power outages: Have food, prescriptions and supplies on hand before an outage occurs. Use flashlights instead of candles when able. Unplug electronics to avoid power surges when power is restored.
  • Use extra caution on the road: When driving, slow down and be aware of your surroundings. Allow extra time for travel. Watch for road closures and ALWAYS move over for emergency vehicles.
  • Stay warm safely: Be careful when utilizing space heaters. Do not use space heaters with an extension cord and unplug heaters when they are not in use. Never heat your home with a grill, stove, or gas heater. 
  • Be careful when shoveling: Shoveling snow can be hard work! Remember to take breaks when needed and stop immediately if you feel short of breath or have chest pain.