City of Atlanta Continues Emergency Operations

Official Release | 2/13/2014, 2:48 p.m.

ATLANTA - The City of Atlanta announced today that emergency operations will continue for the duration of Winter Storm Pax. Essential city employees continue to work 12-hour rotating shifts while the Joint Operations Center continues to service thousands of residents affected by the inclement weather. Residents are still encouraged to delay traveling until street surfaces are clear.

Over the last 48 hours, city departments have answered thousands of service calls for emergency aid, downed trees and power lines, and vehicle accidents. Latest reports include:

The City’s 911 center received a total of 5,960 calls.

Atlanta Fire Rescue crews have responded to 269 total calls, 121 of them Emergency Medical Service calls, and 32 reports of downed trees;

The Atlanta Police Department has responded to 32 vehicle accidents, 30 reports of street hazards, stranded motorists and 23 reports of downed power lines;

The Department of Parks and Recreation has responded to 26 reports of downed trees. As of 6 a.m., 175 residents had taken shelter in city recreation facilities that are serving as warming centers:

Ben Hill, 10

New Adamsville, 28

Peachtree Hills, 8

Rosel Fann, 30

Central, 1

Old Adamsville, 98

Additional churches and schools, with the exception of North Atlanta High School, that have been designated as shelters are closing because city recreation facilities are able to meet the demand for shelter.

Mayor Reed continues to urge residents to remain indoors and off the roads until temperatures rise enough to melt the ice and snow. Additionally, residents are warned to be alert to the dangers posed by ice and snow falling from buildings, power lines and trees. The Snow & Ice Management Association offers these tips for walking in ice and snow:

Wear proper footwear. Wear shoes with heavy tread and a flat bottom that place the entire foot on the surface of the ground.

Wear things that help you see and be seen. Wear sunglasses so you can see and bright and reflective clothing that helps you be seen by drivers.

Plan ahead. Walk consciously on icy sidewalks and parking lots. Look up to see where the next icy spots are, and be aware of any vehicles near you.

Listen. Avoid listening to music or talking on the phone while walking in icy or snowy conditions. You must be able to hear approaching traffic or other noises.

Anticipate ice. What appears to be wet pavement may be black ice, so approach it with caution..

Take steps slowly. When walking down steps, take them slowly and deliberately. Plant your feet securely on each step and be sure to have a firm grip on the handrail.

Enter buildings slowly. The floors of buildings may be covered in melted snow and ice, so check the entrance and try to step on any rugs in the doorways.

Avoid shortcuts. A shortcut path may be dangerous because it is less likely that snow and/or ice have been removed.

Look up. Be aware of what you're walking under. Falling snow and ice can cause injuries.