PITTSBURGH (KDKA) –The frigid temperatures have local municipalities taking extra precautions to protect residents.
Many towns and boroughs have opened warming shelters for those in need.READ MORE: Pa. Supreme Court Rules 'Comfort Dogs' May Be Allowed To Help Witnesses Testify At Trial
Linda Cosgrove is in charge of the shelter at the Dravosburg Volunteer Fire Department.
She told KDKA’s Kym Gable she can’t remember a weather emergency being so wide-spread.READ MORE: Male Victim In Critical Condition After Rescue Along Monongahela River Near 10th Street Bridge
“Maybe not to this scope,” she said. “It’s pretty hard-hit across the whole area.”
For first responders like police, medics and firefighters, these conditions call for more urgent action and preparations.
The fire department’s chief, Wayne Cosgrove, said, “When you’re dealing with temperatures that are sub-zero, it takes minutes for frostbite to set in. Hypothermia – for patients who may be trapped in a car or whatever the situation may be.”MORE NEWS: Wolf Administration Warns 99% Of All Wildfires Caused By People As Wildfire Season Begins In Pennsylvania