South County prepares for snow
BY DIANE KRIEGER SPIVAK email@example.com February 4, 2011 11:02AM
“We have 34 plows and trucks ready to go,” Crown Point Mayor David Uran said. “All our essential personnel are on call and will stay here through the storm. We beefed up out public safety with double and triple shifts for the net 48 hours.”
Warming shelters have been designated, in order as needed, at the Civic Center, Col. Wheeler Middle School. Crown Point High School is on standby.
The city is sending out blizzard updates to residents on its Blackboard system and the city’s website.
“We’re asking esidents to remove their vehicles from the streets for better snow removal.Our first priority is essential routes to the hospital,” Uran said. “We’ve had several team meetings to prepare for this.”
City Hall is closed today except for emergency personnel departments, which will be fully staffed.
In Cedar Lake Town Administrator Ian Nicolini said all meetings for Tuesday and Wednesdasy had been cancelled. The town hall will be open but only emergency staff and limited administrative staff will be in house.
“We’re coodinating our fire, police emergency management and public works departments to respond to emergencies,” Nicolini said.
The town’s NIXLE notification system sends alerts and advisories to residets through text or emails.
Jane Ball Elementary School is a designated warming shelter.
In Lowell the high school is a designated warming shelter, Town Administrator Sue Peterson said. Greg Shook, director of public works, said the town put out its Reverse 911 call system into place regarding the blizzard .
“We rented two front-end loaders to get rid of snow, and we’re brininging in water and sewer department employees to help out,” Shook said.
Schneider’s town hall is closed today and its coummunity building is a Red Cross warming center,
Danield Netluch, chief of Emergency Medicine at St. Anthony Medical Center, said the hosital already has emergency plans in place.
“Staff came in early and will spend the night, including physicians,” Netluch said. “We have enough supplies to last for a week, if we have to.”
Methodist Hospitals is currently assessing its supplies and nursing staff ahead of the winter storm, according to the hospital network‚s spokeswoman Evelyn Morrison. Administrators have not called for a Plan 2, which would require all staff to stay at the hospital in case relief staff couldn‚t get into work. Morrison said employees on the 3 to 11 p.m. Tuesday shift were able to get into work without issue.
Reach Diane Krieger Spivak at 648-3076