I hope that all of you have weathered
And certainly a special thanks to the City employees who braved the elements to deliver key services to the residents and businesses of the city. Each of you did a great job under very difficult circumstances, and I appreciate it.
The St. Louis Emergency team was prepared for the worst, and all things considered, we got the best. All hands were on deck – Mayor Francis G. Slay’s and County Executive Charlie Dooley’s offices, CEMA Commissioner Gary Christmann, Streets Director Todd Waeltermann, Chief Dan Isom and Chief Dennis Jenkerson, the Departments of Human Services and Health, Citizens’ Service Bureau, the United Way, Metro, the American Red Cross, MoDOT, Illinois officials and Gov. Jay Nixon’s deployment of the Missouri National Guard.
We were bracing for freezing rain to bring down power lines, we got sleet instead. Todd Waeltermann and his Streets crews expected a tough job of treating/removing the ice, but the sleet scraped away to the point of revealing lane lines on pavement. His crews were then ready for the snow. We were bracing for up to 20 inches of snow in the City. But the storm shifted, and the City only saw a much more manageable amount.
Bill Siedhoff and his Human Services team made sure extra beds were available for people who would need shelter from the storm. And if we had lost power and an entire nursing home had needed to be evacuated, Bill was ready.
Special thanks to all the Department of Public Safety employees for their efforts to ensure the safety of St. Louisans during the inclement weather.
By all of us working together and preparing for this weather event, we made it through with the least amount of problems.
There are a number of events planned for the weekend, and I’ll highlight a few below, but I would check with the venue before you go to make sure the snowfall hasn’t altered the schedule for the event.
National Wear Red Day
Friday, Feb. 4 is National Wear Red Day. The American Heart Association uses the day to increase awareness of the fact that heart disease is the #1 killer of women. If you want to learn more about the effort, visit http://www.goredforwomen.org/.
Snowman Softball Tournament
The Police Athletic League has the Snowman Softball Tournament scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 5 from to dusk in
Dishing in the Garden
Bowood Farms at 4605 Olive in the
ALIVE’s Buzz List Launch Party
For the over 21 crowd, ALIVE Magazine will be holding its annual Buzz List Launch Party on Saturday, Feb. 5 at Lola, 500 N. 14th Street in Downtown St. Louis. Celebrate
In honor of Black History Month, the
While you are in
Finally, for all the football fans in
Have you signed up for the free Nixle service yet? The Department of Public Safety’s City Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) provides free emergency alert service through http://www.Nixle.com/. When you sign up, you will receive our informative and timely text messages on your cell phone and/or as e-mails on your computer. I invite you to visit the Nixle webpage and sign up for the service today. If you have any comments about the service, please let me know.
Having an event in your neighborhood that we can support? Either e-mail the information about it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Cathy Smentkowski at email@example.com.
And remember, if you see something in the neighborhood that just doesn’t look right, REPORT IT!
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