CHESTER, PA- Hon. Mayor John A. Linder, Chester City Fire Commissioner James Johnson and Police Commissioner Joseph Bail Jr. have assumed emergency status response position for the winter storm impacting the tri-state area. Chester Residents are encouraged to stay off area streets and indoors unless absolutely necessary, in order to help facilitate highway crew efforts to clear roadways. PENNDOT, Chester City Department of Public Works, and contracted crews are undertaking clearing operations throughout the city, and expected to continue into the evening hours. Residents are encouraged to keep flashlight and batteries in an accessible, dry area, charge cell phones for emergency use, and clear snow away from fire hydrants in front of their homes, and on their streets. Residents are also asked to shovel walkways in front of their homes, and refrain from shoveling snow into the streets. In the event of an emergency, citizens are instructed to telephone 911.