PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — When going outside goes from being uncomfortable, to just plain unsafe, it’s up to city governments to put new plans into action.
The city of Pittsburgh is making changes due to the sub-zero cold.
Refuse collection will be delayed one day. Several warming shelters will be open at 8 a.m. Tuesday and parking enforcement officers will not be working on Tuesday.
“It’s going to be a very different feel with schools closed; I know a lot of people are taking off work,” Guy Costa, chief operations officer for the city, told KDKA’s Kym Gable. “We’ll be out there working, but I will say the parking enforcement officers will not be working tomorrow so if you come downtown you won’t have to fumble for quarters for the meters.”
That’s one positive perk in these negative temperatures.
Costa went on to say, “We’re concerned with the safety of our employees as everyone should be.”
The city is also working closely with The American Red Cross. In the event of power or heat outages, the organization will provide overnight shelter for residents.
Red Cross Communications Officer Lauren Chapman said, “Really, the resources that we use for that, we have shelter trailers we position around the Pittsburgh area. These contain cots and blankets that we could quickly position into a shelter location.”
Also, the Animal Rescue League on Hamilton Avenue will take any pets that are found outside.