Thursday, January 15, 2009

City Issues Cold Weather Advisory

Temperatures along the East Coast are expected to reach record lows this weekend. The City of Richmond would like all of its citizens to remain safe and warm, and offers the following suggestions should temperatures drop below normal:

  • Stay inside if possible. If you need to go out, dress in several layers of lightweight clothing. Wear a hat, preferably one that covers your ears, and mittens or gloves.
  • Seek medical attention immediately if you have symptoms of hypothermia or frostbite.
  • Avoid overloading electrical outlets.
  • If space heaters are being used, follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to safely use the heater. Make sure your space heater is three feet from any flammable material. Turn the space heater off when you leave the room or go to sleep. Keep children and pets away from your space heater.
  • Stoves or ovens should not be used as an alternate source to heat your home.
  • Bring your pets indoors. If you are unable to bring them inside, provide adequate shelter to keep them warm and make sure they can get to unfrozen water.
If you live in the City of Richmond and lose heat after business hours or during the weekend, please call Social Services at (804) 646-3618 or (804) 646-8184 for assistance.

If citizens need overnight shelter, please report to Richmond’s central intake by 3 p.m.
The Conrad Center
1400 Oliver Hill Way
(Next to Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and Richmond City Jail)
Phone number: (804) 648-4177

The Department of Social Services (DSS) takes applications for emergency fuel assistance Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Marshall Plaza Building at 900 E. Marshall St. Citizens can also call the Fuel Line at (804) 646-7046. DSS also provides emergency assistance with disconnection notices of gas and electric for citizens who qualify.

If you are elderly or disabled, you can also contact Senior Connections at (804) 343-3000, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Contact: Michael Wallace, (804) 646-2772