Extremely cold weather is being expected tonight and extending to 4:00 PM Thursday as local forecasts are calling for Arctic air through the region. There will be dangerously cold wind chills with rapidly falling temperatures at or below 0° for the next 48 hours. Wind chills are expected to dive as low as -35°. Warming Centers Available in the City:
The Conneaut Human Resources Center 327 Mill Street will remain open and staffed for the next 48 hours (through regualr business hours on Friday, Jan. 31) for those that need assistance.
Conneaut Public Library 304 Buffalo Street during regular hours M-F 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.
City Hall 294 Main Street M-F 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
If transportation is needed to any of these sites contact the Police Departments Non-Emergency dispatch number at 440-593-7440 for assistance.
Here are some tips we would like to share to help keep you safe.
1. Frozen Pipes – Water expands as it freezes and can cause significant damage. Outside hose bibs can be particularly susceptible. If you have a hose bib shut-off valve, be sure it is closed and that your exterior valve is open. Water supply lines that run in unheated interior areas or against exterior walls with little or no insulation can also be damaged in extreme cold so take precaution by allowing heat to reach these areas.
2. Broken Water Mains – There is always a possibility of a broken water main with frigid temperatures. Breaks can last from several hours to several days so be sure to have an adequate supply of drinking water on hand, just in case.
3. Space Heaters – Heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires in the United States. If using a space heater, be sure to follow proper safety precautions.
4. Hypothermia – With air temperatures this cold, it can take a matter of minutes for hypothermia and frostbite to set in. Don’t go out unless you absolutely have to and limit your time outdoors. Be sure to wear layers of warm clothing. Please keep an eye out for your neighbors, especially the elderly and children.
5. Watch Your Pets – Keep your pets inside. If they have to go out, keep an eye on them and limit their exposure to the cold.
6. Slick Roadways – The ability of salt to melt snow and ice decreases dramatically once the temperature gets below 10°. Roadways may be slick even if they look dry. Stay off the roads if it all possible.
7. Power Outages – If a power outage occurs, you can report or check on the status of the outage at the First Energy 24/7 Power Center or by calling 888-544-4877.
8. Keep an Emergency Supply Kit – It’s always a good idea to gather supplies in case you need to stay home for several days without power. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Do not forget the needs of pets. Have extra batteries for radios and flashlights. Create an emergency supply kit for your car too. Include jumper cables, sand, a flashlight, warm clothes, blankets, bottled water, and non-perishable snacks. Keep the gas tank full.
9. Generators – If you lose power and have a generator, be sure to use it outside only.
10. Emergency Alerts – Follow the National Weather Service or your favorite local news station to stay up to date on weather conditions. Stay Safe in the Cold Weather