Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel briefing on extreme cold

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the city is prepared to combat the extreme winter weather that will hit the area in the upcoming days.

Chicago residents woke up to extreme cold weather Saturday morning with temperatures dipping as low as negative six degrees.

At a Saturday news briefing, Mayor Emanuel said the city is going to be up and running. He said the number one goal is making the city safe for residents.

Local emergency and management officials said their agency will be staffed around the clock for the next seven days.

From warming centers to handling emergency calls related to heat and utilities, the Chicago Mayor said all agencies will work in a coordinated and collaborative effort to ensure the city meets the needs of residents during the winter freeze.