(CHESTER, PA) – The City of Chester will activate the city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Monday evening to coordinate essential city services ahead of Winter Storm Stella.

Members of the Emergency Management Team, including Councilwoman Portia West and Fire Commissioner Travis Thomas met on Monday morning to detail the city’s approach to clearing streets during the storm.

The Department of Streets and Public Improvements and the Department of Parks and Recreation crews will work with the Chester Fire Department to provide the manpower that will be needed to safely clear city streets.  All city trucks and equipment have been checked and are ready to be deployed as needed.

Fire Commissioner Travis Thomas will serve as the Emergency Management Coordinator. The EOC’s Command Center will be setup at the Chester Fire Department Headquarters, which is located on 14th Street and Providence Avenue.  The EOC will remain fully operational until Commissioner Thomas has assessed citywide conditions, after the worst of the storm has moved through the area.

All city leadership, agencies and departments will work collaboratively to assist in any effort needed to keep Chester streets clear and its residents safe during the storm. As a precaution, city leaders are asking residents to limit unnecessary travel on city streets beginning at 8:00 p.m. Monday.

The Department of Streets and Public Improvements has announced that trash collection for Tuesday is cancelled. Contingent upon citywide roadway conditions, trash collection will resume on Wednesday.

Residents who need weather-related assistance during the storm should call the Emergency Operations Center’s Command Center at (610) 447-7765.

The public is encouraged to visit https://www.facebook.com/cityofchester/ and monitor www.chestercity.com for updates.