City of Cleveland says it is ready for snow

CLEVELAND - If and when the snow hits the city streets of Cleveland, trucks are in place to deal with whatever happens.

Michael Cox, the Director of Public Works for the city, said there are 25 trucks and drivers on hand Monday night. "So we have about 20 thousand tons of salt in our domes," Cox said.

Cleveland spends about $3 million on salt a year.

The city posted the following information on its website urging people to prepare for snow events:

- Check your Emergency Supply Kits - do you have extra winter clothes, sufficient food and water, extra batteries, flashlights, and a battery or hand-crank radio? What about medications, toys for the kids, pet food, and copies of important information such as numbers for your local utilities.

- Gas up the car - a full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing. It's a good idea to check your antifreeze and windshield washer fluid levels to be sure they are sufficient.

- Minimize your travel. If travel is necessary, keep an Emergency Kit in your car.

- Keep clear of any downed or low hanging lines and report them immediately.

- Know how to shut off water valves to your home in case a pipe bursts and let the faucets drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing. Keep some plastic sheeting, good tape, weather stripping and other items on hand to shore up drafty windows and doors, especially if a power outage leaves you without heat.

- The primary hazards to avoid when using alternate sources for electricity, heating or cooking are carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock and fire. Be sure to follow instructions carefully and install/check carbon monoxide and smoke detectors in your home,

- Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water. Don't forget or skip planning and preparing for your animals.

Cox urges drivers to slow down in bad weather.

"Take your time and be courteous," he said. "Do not block intersections. The first snow is always when people pull into them and backup traffic. Always be careful. I don't care how long you've been here," he continued. "Take your time and make sure your tank is full."

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