LANSING, MI (WILX) -- The extreme winter weather expected for Saturday has canceled all events and closed all community centers in the City of Lansing, according to an announcement from Mayor Andy Schor's office.
“We know that extreme winter weather is expected that could create adverse travel conditions and we are doing all we can to prepare and keep people safe. We recommend that everyone stays off of the roads as much as possible this weekend. City staff is ready to address these conditions and Lansing will be ready,” said Mayor Schor.
In addition, Potter Park Zoo said they will also be closed on Saturday, Jan. 11. The scheduled "Winter Gifts for Animals" enrichment event has also been canceled.
In a statement to News 10, the zoo said:
"Our primary focus is the welfare of the animals and safety of the staff that will be caring for the animals and the facilities. The zoo has protocols in place for events such as this. The zoo will provide updates in the event there are additional closures."
In order to be prepared and helpful during the winter storm, the City of Lansing suggest doing the following:
-Stock up on supplies: Items such as groceries, salt, shovels, winter clothing, etc.
-Move cars off of the street: Help our first responders and road crews, by keeping your cars off of the street as much as possible.
-Check on your neighbors: Particularly the elderly and those with disabilities.
-Clear your sidewalks of ice and snow as early as possible.
-Lansing Alerts: Sign up for Lansing Alert notifications here.
-Important numbers – Call 2-1-1 for assistance and 9-1-1 for emergencies.
East Lansing will also be closing so facilities and events on Saturday.
The City of East Lansing said the East Lansing Hannah Community Center (ELHCC) will be closed until noon on Saturday, with the possibility of an extended closure for the remainder of the day.
Youth basketball and all recreation and arts classes have been canceled for Saturday morning. The East Lansing Public Library will also be closed for the entire day and the Cooking with Kids program has been canceled.
People will want to prepare for possible disruptions by checking out the Consumers Energy Outage Center which includes tips on the safe operation of generators and staying at least 25 feet away from any downed power lines.
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