The Chicago Department of Public Health continues to urge residents to heed safety tips to avoid weather and health emergencies during the extreme cold temperatures expected to last into the week ahead. Anyone seeking access to warming centers and/or experiencing insufficient heat are being encouraged to contact 3-1-1 for immediate assistance.
"As the City braces for cold temperatures and winter weather, we would like to caution residents to take care of themselves, and to also provide assistance to your neighbors, family members, pets and friends, particularly those who are elderly or have disabilities,” said CDPH Commissioner Julie Morita, M.D. “By working together we can make sure we all stay warm, safe and healthy this season.”
CDPH recommends residents following these simple steps to stay safe:
Motorists can also take extra precautions by:
Crews from the Department of Streets and Sanitation are also gearing up to respond to a second consecutive day of snow projected to begin Friday afternoon, ahead of the evening rush hour. Salt spreaders will be working with a focus on keeping the City’s arterial routes and Lake Shore Drive safe and passable for motorists and buses until the snow stops, then transitioning to residential streets.
“DSS continues to closely monitor this winter storm system and remains ready to deploy additional resources to ensure that motorists can travel safely this holiday weekend,” said Acting Commissioner John Tully. “We ask that motorists take their time when travelling and drive according to conditions.”
Residents can monitor the City’s snow plows in real time on the Plow Tracker, www.chicagoshovels.org.
For more information on heating assistance, shelter or other assisted cold weather related needs, call 311.