Department of Public Safety

(PITTSBURGH) Oct. 29   Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Public Safety Director Michael Huss today briefed the media and public on the City’s preparation for Hurricane Sandy. The Mayor informed residents that Halloween will be moved from Wednesday to Saturday, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Public safety and public works crews are prepared to respond to damage caused by high winds and heavy rains - including downed power lines and trees, and flash flooding.

“City crews are prepared to respond to the worst possible case scenario from this unpredictable storm, but we are hoping and praying for the best,” Ravenstahl said.

City crews, including PWSA spent the weekend cleaning catch basins and culverts. DPW readied snow plows, and all City bureaus prepared personnel plans in advance of the storm.

“Police officers, firefighters and paramedics are more equipped than ever to deal with swift water, after receiving significant training and resources,” Public Safety Director Michael Huss said.  “We need residents to exercise common sense and to not drive or walk through standing water.”

Starting  at 3 pm today, the Emergency Operations Center will be activated.  Due to the high wind the national weather service is predicting, residents should expect power outages, downed-trees and power lines. If rain persists, flash flooding may occur in low-lying areas.Public works crews have forestry crews on 24-hour shifts to deal with downed trees and firefighters will be deployed to clear and open roads.

“All public safety bureaus are working together,” Huss said. “As the storm approaches, we are nimble and ready to adjust our response appropriately.”

What Residents Should do:

  • Stay Informed.  Stay Home. Check on Loved Ones. Follow the City’s Facebook or Twitter pages for updates, or the City’s homepage at Stay tuned to local media updates or your weather radio.
  • Have basic provision items on hand now to deal with possible power outages – including batteries, flashlights, water and food.
Monday, October 29, 2012
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