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Help Available During Hurricane Sandy

Here are some places you can contact if you need help or assistance during the storm.

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Public Safety Director Michael Huss released a statement Monday regarding the City of Pittsburgh's preparation for Hurricane Sandy. 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.

The Mayor's office advises residents of the following:

  • Stay Informed.  Stay Home. Check on Loved Ones. Follow the City’s Facebook or Twitter pages for updates, or the City’s homepage at www.pittsburghpa.gov. 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.

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The Allegheny County Department of Human Services has activated the Public Inquiry Line as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Those in need of resources, information or emotional support are encouraged to call the Public Inquiry Line at 412-482-3250.

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The Dormont Volunteer Fire Department, via its Facebook page, warned residents to prepare batteries and flashlights, watch for downed trees and power lines, and to stay off the roads. Safety tips also are posted on the Dormont Borough website.

To reach Dormont police, call 412-561-8900. The number for the Dormont VFD is 412-563-8826.

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The first Red Cross shelter opened Monday night at Shaler Middle School, at 1800 Mt. Royal Blvd. in Shaler.

To find more shelters, visit www.redcross.org. You also can download the Red Cross Hurricane app or call 1-800-733-2767.

People coming to a shelter should remember to bring the following items:

·Prescription medication
·Valuable papers and identification
·Toiletries
·Change of clothing
·Water, nonperishable foods
·Blankets, pillows and/or sleeping bags
·Baby food and diapers

As the relief efforts continue, the local Red Cross also is asking for further assistance from community members.

Anyone who is interested in assisting in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy should contact the Volunteer Management Team at 412-263-3182.

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Erin Faulk October 30, 2012 at 01:59 AM
As always, if you know of another local organization offering aid or support, please feel free to add it in the comments section, and I'll add it to the article.

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