CLEVELAND -- The City of Cleveland is taking proactive measures to prepare its residents and protect its workers from the deep-freeze cold coming next week.
On Friday, all residents 55 and over got an alert call from the city with advice on coping with the bitter weather.
Tips included how to dress warmly, keep your house heated, and cover your mouth to protect your lungs when breathing outside.
Residents are being told to call 211 for assistance, 911 for life-threatening emergencies, and 216-664-2510 for snow removal issues.
On Monday, all city recreation centers but one will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. as warning and warming centers for those with inadequate heat at home.
They are Central at 2526 Central; Clark at 5706 Clark; Collinwood at 16300 Lakeshore; Cory at 10510 Drexel; Cudell Fine Arts at 10013 Detroit Ave; Cudell Recreation at 1910 West Blvd; Earle B. Turner at 11300 Miles; Fairfax at 2335 East 82nd Street; Glenville at 680 East 113th Street; Gunning at 16700 Puritas; Halloran Park at 3550 West 117the Street; Hamilton at 13200 Kinsman; Kenneth L Johnson at 9206 Woodland; John F Kennedy at 17300 Harvard; EJ Kovacic at 6250 St. Clair; Lonnie Burten at 2511 East 46th Street; Michael Zone at 6301 Lorain; Stella Walsh at 7345 Broadway; Sterling at 1380 East 32nd Street; Thurgood Marshall at 8611 Hough; and Zelma George at 3155 MLK Jr Blvd.
(Estabrook will be closed because of heating problems.)
City crews working outside must follow cold-weather protocol, requiring breaks and attire.
The city's Emergency Operations Center will be staffed with extra personnel to handle calls.
Because a weekend of warmer weather is expected, some steps are being delayed.
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