LAKEWOOD -- Although several days have passed since Superstorm Sandy swept through the area, there are still approximately 50,000 customers in Cuyahoga County without power.

That was one of the many elements discussed at a Friday morning press conference with Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald.

In addition to the power outages, FitzGerald stressed the importance of informing officials if people are facing dire personal circumstances. He said all emergency, as always, should be made by dialing 9-1-1. Any non-emergency concerns or issues should be handed through 2-1-1.

There's still a higher-than-normal emergency call volume, but FitzGerald said the daily calls have been declining since more than 3,000 were made in a short period of time earlier this week.

FitzGerald also advised that any residents who need extra help cantake advantage of a local shelter that has been set up to assist those impacted by the storm. Michael Summers, Mayor of Lakewood, said that more than 180 citizens have taken advantage of their shelter. "That was very very helpful at a moment of uncertainty for us," Summers said.