Winter Weather Advisory in Effect from 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 18 until Noon on Friday, January 19
The City of Chicago’s Emergency Operation Plan has been extended Until Monday, January 22 due to Winter Weather Advisory and Dangerous Wind Chills over the Weekend. Warming Centers are available, including the 24-hour Harold Washington Library
Chicago’s Emergency Operation Plan Has been Extended Until Monday, January 22 Due to Advisory and Dangerous Wind Chills over the Weekend. Warming Centers are available, including the 24-hour Harold Washington Library
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Weather Advisory that begins today at 6 p.m. through Friday, January 19 at noon. Due to the advisory and continued below zero wind chills expected, the City of Chicago has extended the Severe Cold Emergency Operation Plan until Monday, January 22 due to the ongoing impactful winter weather.
The NWS is forecasting snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches beginning this evening. While snow will taper off and end late tonight, areas of blowing snow and drifting snow will continue to result in hazardous conditions that could impact the morning commute. In addition, cold wind chills as low as -5˚ to -20˚ below zero are expected beginning tomorrow through the weekend.
Motorists can plan on slippery road conditions, please use caution when driving, allow extra travel time and yield to emergency vehicles and snowplows. It’s also important to have the necessary supplies on-the-go and to keep cell phones charged to get updates and assistance, if needed, in emergencies.
The Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) will monitor conditions with the National Weather Service in Chicago and keep the public informed when certain thresholds set by the National Weather Service are reached and any related warnings issued.
For Winter preparedness, visit Weather.gov/safety/winter for additional preparedness tips.
Warming Centers Open 24-Hours
24/7 Warming Centers
Harold Washington Library (for those in need and New Arrivals at the Landing Zone)
400 S. State St
La Casa Norte (Drop-in Center)
1736 W 47th St
Services for youth
Lincoln Park Community Services (Drop-in Center) – through Friday, January 19
1521 N Sedwick St
Services for single adults
Garfield Community Service Center at 10 S. Kedzie
Due to the cold temps over the Holiday weekend the 10 South Kedzie location was open from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday as a warming center. For those needing shelter placement, the center is open 24-7. The public may use the Garfield location for time-limited warming during non-business hours Note: on Monday, only the Garfield Community Service Center is open in light of the MLK Holiday.
Chicago Park District and Chicago Public Library rming Centers Open until Monday, January 22 – available during business hours:
· For a list of Chicago Park District warming center locations and hours visit this link Chicago Park District Warming Center Locations
· All Chicago Public Library locations are open for regular hours on Saturday and Sunday. With regional locations open as warming centers starting at 9:00 a.m.
The Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) has activated warming areas at the City’s six community service centers. The warming areas are open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted below.
· Englewood Community Service Center
1140 West 79th Street
· Garfield Community Service Center
10 South Kedzie Avenue (Open 6 a.m.- 5 p.m. / open through the weekend)
· Dr. Martin Luther King Community Service Center
4314 South Cottage Grove
· North Area Community Service Center
845 West Wilson Avenue
· South Chicago Community Service Center
8650 South Commercial Avenue
· Trina Davila Community Service Center
4312 West North Avenue
While most DFSS-funded shelters operate 24/7, DFSS has activated remaining 6 overnight shelters for youth and adults to operate 24/7 from Saturday evening 1/13 through Monday morning 1/22 for warming for those shelter residents. Contact 311 for shelter placement.
DFSS has also activated DFSS-funded daytime drop-in centers to provide extended hours to people experiencing homelessness. Below are locations and hours available Saturday through Wednesday:
Contact 3-1-1 for well-being checks, shelter placement or nearest Warming Center
· Those seeking a warm place to go after hours can also call 3-1-1 to be connected with available services. Individuals requiring emergency overnight shelter should also call 3-1-1, visit 311.Chicago.gov or download the CHI311 app to ensure residents are aware of the City's designated warming areas. Residents are also encouraged to check on relatives, neighbors and friends during a winter weather emergency.
· A list of community service center locations is available along with information and multilingual fliers containing warming center information in English, Spanish and Polish also are posted on DFSS's website at Chicago.gov/FSS or you can visit this link - City of Chicago Warming Centers.
For a complete list of warming centers including hours of operation, visit - Warming Centers - Map | City of Chicago | Data Portal
• Motorists should take extra precautions to winterize vehicles and have necessary supplies on-the-go. Keep in mind, disabled vehicles or distracted driving can cause accidents, impact traffic and others or requiring emergency services.
• Residents should know the signs and care of frostbite and hypothermia. For Winter preparation information visit, Chicago.gov/OEMC for details and links to other local, state, and federal resources.
• Avoid unnecessary trips outside-if you must go out, limit the time you stay outside.
• Wear several layers of loose, warm cloth.
• Keep your head, hands and feet covered when outdoors.
• Stay dry because moisture can damage the insulating effectiveness of clothing.
• Pay extra attention to your daily needs: get enough sleep, eat high energy foods, drink warm beverages to help your body stay warm, and avoid alcoholic beverages.
• Keep cell phones charged to get updates and assistance, if needed, in emergencies.
Severe cold temperatures, strong winds and snow can cause safety hazards, whether home or traveling, so it’s important to stay informed. OEMC issues several alerts and notifications to keep people up to date on weather conditions and emergencies.
• Notify Chicago: Sign up for emergency alerts at www.NotifyChicago.org
• CHILAKE: For lakefront notices including flooding, TEXT “CHILAKE” to 7-8-0-1-5
• CHIBIZ: Business updates, TEXT “CHIBIZ” to 6-7-2-8-3
Winter Weather Preparedness and Weather Forecasts ChicagoOEMC App (video)
For winter safety and preparedness at your fingertips, residents are encouraged to download the Chicago OEMC App. The public safety tool provides safety information, preparedness tips, emergency alerts, weather information, DSS Snowplow Tracker and more in the palm of your hand. Users will also have access to current forecasts, radar, and public safety information as well. The app is available through the Apple App and Google Play stores or visit the website, Chicago.gov/OEMC.
The City’s winter overnight parking ban is in effect, through April 1, 2024, to ensure the Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) crews can quickly salt and plow the streets during a winter storm. The ban impacts approximately 107 miles of Chicago streets daily from 3:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., and signage is permanently posted along the affected routes. Residents are encouraged to check the posted street signs for parking restrictions. DSS manages more than 9,400 lane miles of roadway and maintains a fleet of over 300 snow vehicles that are fully prepared to respond if needed. DSS is also prepared with 425,000 tons of salt stationed at salt piles throughout the city.
The Chicago Fire Department does not recommend using space heaters; however, if used, be sure they are UL certified and at least 3 feet from anything that can ignite. Use of a space heater in children’s rooms should be monitored closely as children sometimes move them close to or into the bed with tragic results. If extension cords are used, they should be rated at 15 amps minimum and never put cords under carpet. With the added demand on furnaces and boilers, CFD also reminds residents are required by ordinance to have working carbon monoxide detectors to protect against carbon monoxide leaks from a heating system that could be fatal over time. Those seeking access to warming centers and/or experiencing insufficient heat are encouraged to contact 3-1-1 for immediate assistance. Also, be sure to keep smoke detectors in working order.
The Department of Water Management reminds residents to prevent frozen pipes, make sure that warm air is circulating throughout the home and keep a trickle of water running. If pipes freeze, do not use candles or any open flame to thaw them. Use a hair dryer or heating pad. For more info visit www.chicago.gov/water
Chicago Animal Care and Control reminds residents that winter is a season of bitter cold and numbing wetness. Help your pets remain happy and healthy during the colder months by following these simple guidelines. Don't leave dogs outdoors when the temperature drops. Most dogs, and all cats, are safer indoors, except when taken out for exercise. Regardless of the season, shorthaired, very young or old dogs and all cats should never be left outside without supervision. Short-coated dogs may feel more comfortable wearing a sweater or coat during walks.
“In preparation for the snow and cold weather, ComEd is ready to deploy additional equipment and crews across the service territory so that we can restore our customers quickly and safely in the event of power outages,” said Gil Quiniones, CEO of ComEd. “With ComEd’s hard working and dedicated crews, and nation leading reliability performance, we are well positioned to respond to the impacts of severe weather events ahead.”
ComEd urges customers to contact the company immediately if they experience a power outage. Customers can text OUT to 26633 (COMED) to report an outage and receive restoration information and can follow the company on Twitter @ComEd or on Facebook at Facebook.com/ComEd. Customers can also call 1-800 EDISON1 (1-800-334-7661), or report outages via the website at ComEd.com/report. Spanish-speaking customers should call 1-800-95-LUCES (1-800-955-8237).
Public safety is paramount. ComEd offers the following tips and information encourage customers to stay safe following severe weather:
• If you encounter a downed power line, immediately call ComEd at 1-800-EDISON-1 (1-800-334-7661). Spanish-speaking customers should call 1-800-95-LUCES (1-800-955-8237).
• Never approach a downed power line. Always assume a power line is energized and extremely dangerous.
• In the event of an outage, do not approach ComEd crews working to restore power to ask about restoration times. Crews may be working on live electrical equipment, and the perimeter of the work zone may be hazardous.
• Check on elderly and other family members and neighbors to ensure their safety and make alternate arrangements in the event of an outage.
Peoples Gas advises that if you smell gas or think a gas line is damaged, leave the area immediately and call this number from a safe location: 866.556.6002.
• Never use a stove or oven to heat your home. It could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Have your boiler/furnace inspected regularly and make sure all natural gas appliances have proper ventilation. Make sure you have working carbon monoxide detectors and test them regularly. Understand the dangers and symptoms of carbon monoxide. Keep the area around your furnace and water heater free of clutter and flammable items.
• Gently remove snow and ice from outside natural gas meters by hand or with a broom to avoid damage to the equipment. Remove overhead icicles to prevent dripping water from refreezing on your natural gas meters and pipes. Keep your walkway leading to the meter clear for accessibility in an emergency.
• Peoples Gas is here to help customers struggling to keep up with bills. Go to peoplesgasdelivery.com, or call us to discuss flexible payment plans and budget billing. Income-eligible customers may also qualify for financial assistance. To see if you are eligible and apply, call the Community Economic Development Association (CEDA) at 800-571-2332.
Suspicious Activity: If you See Something Say Something. OEMC reminds the public to be aware of their surroundings and to report suspicious activity. If you notice something suspicious, notify onsite security or call 9-1-1. If You See Something, Say Something™ is a national anti-terrorism public awareness campaign that emphasizes the importance of reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement authorities.
For additional information on emergency preparedness information, visit the OEMC website at Chicago.gov/OEMC. Follow the Office of Emergency Management and Communications on Facebook(@coemc), Twitter (@ChicagoOEMC) and Instagram (chicago_oemc_911).
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