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THIS STORY WILL BE UPDATED AS INFORMATION ARRIVES.
The town's Emergency Operations Center will open at noon today, said Interim Town Manger Bonnie Therrien. A massive winter storm has already had significant impact on the region, with heaviest precipitation and accumulation expected 6 p.m. tonight and 6 a.m. tomorrow. Information from the Town of North Branford and notice of a possible state road closure follows.
Town of North Branford Storm Notices
Although computer models are still unsure of when and where the Blizzard may hit this weekend, the Town of North Branford would like to be proactive in sending out information to our residents. Please note the items listed below in case the storm does hit Connecticut, which is projected to start in full force tomorrow afternoon:
Make sure you are self sufficient for at least a week in case of severe power, phone and cell outages.
Make sure your neighbors and family members are safe and have enough food, water and supplies to last a week and check on them every day
The Emergency Operations Center will be located at the Police Station. Phone numbers there are: (203) 484-9549, 484-2196, 484-2583 and 484-9538. Please call these numbers instead of 911 for non-emergency situations. The EOC will open mid-afternoon.
The Town will be sending out severe weather, road closures and updated safety information via the SAFER North Branford Emergency Notification System where we can contact thousands of residents in seconds with a push of a button. If you have not signed up for SAFER or need to update your information on the system, please go to the North Branford Town Website (www.townofnorthbranfordct.com) TODAY and fill out all of the information. You can also update your information via the CT Alert System (www.ctgov/ctalert). Having your latest contact information is the only way to ensure that we can contact you in an emergency. We will also utilize Facebook (facebook.com/northbranfordemd) or Twitter@nboem. Please follow both of those now, before he storm hits.
If a shelter needs to be opened, it will be located at the North Branford Intermediate School and you should enter the main entrance, the door to the right of the flagpole and bring with you medication (in their original labeled vials) to last 7 days, a list of all medications, clothes, blankets and pillows, things to keep children active, toiletry items (toothbrush/toothpaste/contact lends solutions, etc.), and towels. As of today, the Red Cross will not open a shelter until after the storm is over, if needed.
If and when power is restored, charging stations for cell phones and medical equipment will be available at the Town Hall, Community Center, two Libraries, and the Intermediate School………..Monday – Friday.
Press Releases with emergency updates will be given out every day. These will be on the Town's website, given out through our SAFER System and where there is power, through local businesses and the Emergency Operations Center.
If you need to report a power outage or power lines down, please call 1-800-7CALLUI (1-800-722-5584) for UI customers or go to UI's website – www.uinet.com/outagemap. For Wallingford Electric, please call 203-265-5055.
Now is the time to check the outside of your home for trees and bushes that need to be cut back or bring indoors items that could fly around in a storm causing damage.
Governor to Declare State of Emergency, Roads Subject to Closure Beginning at Noon
Press release from Governor Dannel P. Malloy
Governor Dannel P. Malloy will declare a state of emergency in preparation for the coming blizzard which is anticipated to heavily impact the state Friday and Saturday. In addition, the governor announced that limited access highways may be subject to closure as early as noon. The governor is asking all residents to limit nonessential travel.
“People need to take this storm seriously. If current predictions are accurate, we will need people to stay off the roads so that emergency personnel and utility crews can get to the places they need to get to, and to make sure that our plows can keep critical roadways clear,” Governor Malloy said. “Please stay home once the weather gets bad except in the case of real emergency.”
A Declaration of Emergency provides the governor with a number of emergency powers, including:
• The ability to modify or suspend any state statute, regulation, or requirement (for example: altering work hours, waiving licensing requirements, etc.)
• The ability to order civil preparedness forces into action
• The ability to designate vehicle and person routes and movements