Department of Public Safety

(PITTSBURGH) - Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today held a press conference, updating the public on efforts to clear City roads.

All Public Works Crews have been ordered to focus their efforts on plowing the City's secondary roads in a maximized effort to resolve access into all neighborhoods. As of 4 p.m., crews cleared roughly 50 percent of the City's secondary roads. At 10 a.m., that number was at roughly 15 percent.

"We're doing everything we can to get a handle on our roads in order to position ourselves for this next storm," Ravenstahl said. "Our goal is to have every secondary street touched by tomorrow's storm. In addition, it's all hands on deck. Firefighters, police, paramedics, and PA National Guardsmen will be out in the neighborhoods assisting the elderly and anyone who needs support."

The City has brought in additional resources - including PennDOT plows, Airport Authority equipment, outside contractors, and the Pennsylvania National Guard. DPW is currently operating with more than 80 pieces of equipment.

In addition, the Mayor has asked that any contractors with heavy equipment or snow removing capabilities call 412-473-2550.

The National Guard has assisted public safety efforts since 6 p.m. yesterday. As of 4 p.m. today, they helped police with 75 calls, EMS with 42, and transported 10 citizens to warming centers.

The City has contacted all senior citizens who are registered at the City's senior centers to check on their well being. Firefighters and National Guardsmen will begin patrolling neighborhoods to help any citizens who may need assistance.

The City's 311 line is now operating 24-hours until further notice. Staff will double from eight to sixteen tomorrow in order to handle the above-normal call volume. Residents may also submit requests to 311 for tree removal or necessary transport by logging onto and clicking on "311."

Residents may also sign up for critical public safety alerts at this site.

Residents are reminded to only call 311 if they have a non life-threatening emergency or to report downed trees. For example, if you need to get medicine tomorrow by 3 p.m. - call 311. If your condition worsens call 911.

Garbage and recycling pickup for City residents is still suspended until further notice. In addition, the Mayor has ordered all non-essential employees to stay home tomorrow.

Monday, February 8, 2010
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