Monthly Archives: October 2012

Storm Sandy Update: 5:00 p.m. Wednesday 10/31/12

Wednesday, October 31. 2012, 5:00 p.m.

 

Storm Sandy damage at Wolfpits Road & 302. Photo courtesy Chelsea Berg.

Editor’s note: Hello Bethel Buzz readers & Happy Halloween! Many are on day #3 without power, including myself, and I know it can be very frustrating, especially with little ones at home. According to the first selectman and the office of emergency management, CL&P is working with the town crews to restore the high priority areas first such as the police, schools and senior housing. Please be patient as they work to get us all back 聽to normal while putting their lives on the line, working in very dangerous situations. Many roads and intersections are dangerous with lights out, especially 302/58/Judd Rd and 302/Chestnut. Treat the intersection as a 4-way stop and proceed with caution! Bethel Buzz wishes to thank all of the town workers and many volunteers who work tirelessly to make our town safe. Thank you!!! ~Wendy Mitchell, Bethel Buzz owner/editor 馃檪聽

Superintendent’s update, 3:00 p.m.: There is NO SCHOOL Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012.

Bethel Office of Emergency Management’s update, 4:00 p.m.:聽Check on friends & neighbors. Power restoration will take many days. CL&P has crews working in town since Monday.

First Selectman’s update (condensed), 12:30 p.m.:

Concerning Halloween, I’m pleased to announce that Big Y supermarket on Stony Hill Rd. in Bethel will host their 2nd annual Trunk or Treat event tonight from 5-8pm. Parents are strongly urged to bring children to this event- it’s safe, its fun. If parents do wish to take their children trick or treating we ask that you go in lighted neighborhoods only.

#2: Brush related can be dropped off at the transfer station free of charge effective immediately. All fees are waived and you do not need a permit. Please check the hours of operation Leaf pickup is suspended until further notice.

Last but not least: Power outages are still hovering in the 60% range. Restoration is continuing today focusing on the school complex, Reynold’s Ridge, the police station and the emergency communication system.

The shelter remains open and we have hot food, hot showers

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Storm Sandy Update: 9:30 p.m.

Storm Sandy Update:聽聽9:30 p.m.聽

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, 9:30 p.m.聽9:30p.m.: Bethel Buzz hopes Bethel residents weathered the storms okay and all are safe. Your Bethel Buzz editor is without power, internet or cell service so I will be updating from my cell phone to Facebook when I have service and/or at the local coffee shop. As of 9:30 p.m. Tuesday evening, 64% of Bethel remains without power. CL&P does not have any restoration estimates at this time. Comcast Cable estimates Wednesday afternoon for restoration in Bethel. There is no school on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 for Bethel, Immaculate or St. Mary’s students. The Bethel Chamber of Commerce’s “Trunk or Treat” IS ON for Weds. 10/31 from 5-8:00 p.m. in the Big Y parking lot, Stony Hill, Bethel. Below are our latest updates for those of our readers not on Facebook, here is a listing:

7:30p.m.: Here’s an update on open Bethel restaurants who have charging & WiFi, thanks to our聽Bethel Buzz聽readers. Please tell your family & friends to LIKE our FB page—> CLICK HERE! Thanks all & stay safe! The following Bethel restaurants are open with power & WiFi:聽Molten Java– charging & WiFi,聽Greenwoods Grille– charging,聽The Spot Bethel– charging & WiFi,聽Tonelli’s Restaurant– charging,聽Putnam House– charging, Gotham聽Auto will be open tomorrow with WiFi, Plain Janes is open- not sure if they have WiFi, Whitlocks is open not sure if they have WiFi, Pizzeria Lauretano is open for dinner – don’t know if they have WiFi,聽Wah Lah聽is open and has power for recharging, they don’t have Internet service back yet.Famous Pizza聽is open with WiFi, Per Tutti is open- not sure if they have WiFi,聽Redding Roasters Coffee Company聽will be open tomorrow.聽Rainy Day Paperback Exchange聽will be open as well, no WiFi, but they have charging stations.

6:45p.m.:聽From The聽Regional YMCA of Western CT– Grassy Plain YMCA remains without power. We will attempt to reopen at 10:00am Wednesday if power is restored. Please note, this is pending power is returned. Please call ahead to ensure that is the case. We will send out another email but are aware that not everyone can access their email/internet. You may call the Greenknoll Branch front desk at 203-775-4444 ext 0.

聽Boughton Street members are welcome to use Greenknoll facility at any time.*** Remember: Any member of our community that needs access to power, water, or a shower may come to the Y. Our Greenknoll doors are open to our community. Please let those that are in need know of this service. Guests are asked to sign in at the front desk. ***
Thank you and be safe.

4:30 p.m.:聽

Just drove through Bethel- lots of trees & wires down. The following g roads ate blocked & impassable: Walnut Hill/Plumtrees, Walnut Hill/Old Shelter Rock, Walnut Hill/Rockwell, Plumtrees/Maple Ave Ext, Rector/South St, South St in front of firehouse, Rt 58. Traffic lights out at 58/302 & 302 & Chestnut. If you know of a blocked road plz report it here.
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Red Cross Responding to Sandy in Connecticut

Red Cross Responding to Sandy in Connecticut

More Than 400 People Spent Sunday Night in Shelters

FARMINGTON, CONN., October 29, 2012 鈥 As Sandy continues her path northward, the American Red Cross is in response mode across Connecticut.

鈥淭he Red Cross is working with the state and communities across Connecticut to make sure our operations are coordinated. We have people and resources in place to help,鈥 said American Red Cross spokesperson Paul Shipman.

Shipman said more than 460 people spent Sunday night at 15 Red Cross-supported shelters. 鈥淩esidents have been heeding evacuation warnings and the Red Cross is working with local and state government to make sure they have a safe, warm and dry place to stay.鈥

As the storm begins to intensify, Shipman said people should be ready to evacuate if ordered, but for many residents in the state, sheltering at home will be the best plan. 鈥淲hat nobody wants is for you to be out on the roads at the height of the storm.鈥

Shipman said that people should have basic supplies at home to last for at least three days:

  • First Aid kit
  • Non-perishable food (such as canned vegetables and fruit, energy bars, canned tuna)
  • Water for drinking and preparing food (one gallon per person per day)
  • Flashlight, radio and batteries

Shipman said these basics will help people who need to shelter-in-place for a period of time during and after the storm.

If you are required to evacuate, Shipman suggested important items to bring to an evacuation shelter:

  • Pillows, bedding, sleeping bag or mat
  • Any prescriptions or maintenance medications you need on a regular basis
  • Toiletries and a change of clothes

If you are planning to leave your home, take copies of important documents, such as insurance policies and property records. 鈥淚t can help in making claims in the wake of an emergency,鈥 Shipman said.

Do not forget pets in your planning. Have adequate food and water for pets as well. If you are leaving home, do not abandon your pets. Make sure family or friends outside the risk area are able to host you as well as your pets. If you are looking at hotels along an evacuation route, ask about their pet policies.

If you are evacuating to a shelter, 211 Info Line is the best place for up-to-date information. Call 211 for shelters in your area or visit www.211ct.org, where you can find storm links, including a listing of available shelters, as well as links to your town鈥檚 emergency planning office.

Shipman said that information is a significant part of weathering the storm. Be sure that you have batteries for a portable radio and that you keep up with local news reports. Be sure that your mobile phones are fully charged in the event you lose power. 鈥淲ith those tools, you will be able to keep up with and share information,鈥 Shipman said. He recommended the following steps that take advantage of mobile phones and email resources:

  • Register your mobile phone and email addresses at www.ctalert.gov to receive emergency messages from the State of Connecticut.
  • Tell out of town friends and family about checking www.Redcross.org/SafeandWell to find out the status of loved ones after the storm. People in storm affected areas can post a free message to assure others that they have come through the storm. Safe and Well is accessible online, on smartphones and by calling 1-800-RED CROSS. For Spanish, visit, www.sanoysalvo.org. People may also register in person at any Red Cross shelter.
  • Go to www.redcross.org/mobileapps to download the free Red Cross Hurricane App, which provides real-time alerts for locations you want to monitor and 鈥渂efore, during and after鈥 preparedness tools. There are social media links to easily let loved ones know you are safe and well.

Shipman also thanked the many volunteers who are supporting the Red Cross response. 鈥淲e have an amazing team of people who are helping their neighbors during this storm. Like the thousands of Red Cross workers helping in affected communities up and down the East Coast, these Connecticut Red Cross workers have stepped forward and are staffing shelters, moving supplies, answering phones, preparing meals and planning for the help we will need to offer in the coming days. Their help is beyond value. We could not do this work as efficiently, as quickly, as compassionately without them.鈥 Shipman urged people to consider becoming a Red Cross volunteer. 鈥淛oin your neighbors who are already helping. Learn more at www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.鈥

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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Red Cross Responding to Sandy in Connecticut

Red Cross Responding to Sandy in Connecticut

Residents Need to Complete Preparations, Be Aware of Evacuation Orders and Plans

FARMINGTON, CONN., October 28, 2012 鈥 As Sandy moves north, preparations are in high gear to ready for the storm.

鈥淭he Red Cross is working with the state and communities across Connecticut to make sure our operations are coordinated and resources are in place to help,鈥 said American Red Cross spokesperson Paul Shipman. 鈥淲e urge residents to use the calm hours today to complete preparations at home and to learn about evacuation potential for their communities.鈥

Shipman said that people should have basic supplies at home to last for at least three days:

  • First Aid kit
  • Non-perishable food (such as canned vegetables and fruit, energy bars, canned tuna)
  • Water for drinking and preparing food (one gallon per person per day)
  • Flashlight, radio and batteries

Shipman said these basics will help people who need to shelter-in-place for a period of time during and after the storm.

Some communities have issued mandatory evacuation orders; others have urged voluntary evacuations. If you are asked to evacuate, Shipman said, heed the orders. 鈥淓vacuation orders are not made lightly. If your community asks you to leave, they are doing so in the interest of your safety. Take it seriously.鈥

If you are required to evacuate, Shipman suggested important items to bring to an evacuation shelter:

  • Pillows, bedding, sleeping bag or mat
  • Any prescriptions or maintenance medications you need on a regular basis
  • Toiletries and a change of clothes

If you are planning to leave your home, take copies of important documents, such as insurance policies and property records. 鈥淚t can help in making claims in the wake of an emergency,鈥 Shipman said.

Do not forget pets in your planning. Have adequate food and water for pets as well. If you are leaving home, do not abandon your pets. Make sure family or friends outside the risk area are able to host you as well as your pets. If you are looking at hotels along an evacuation route, ask about their pet policies.

If you are evacuating to a shelter, 211 Info Line is the best place for up-to-date information. Call 211 for shelters in your area or visit www.211ct.org, where you can find storm links, including a listing of available shelters, as well as links to your town鈥檚 emergency planning office.

Shipman said that, if your other preparations are complete, there are additional steps to take:

  • Register your mobile phone and email addresses at www.ctalert.gov to receive emergency messages from the State of Connecticut.
  • Tell out of town friends and family about checking www.Redcross.org/SafeandWell to find out the status of loved ones after the storm. People in storm affected areas can post a free message to assure others that they have come through the storm. Safe and Well is accessible online, on smartphones and by calling 1-800-RED CROSS. For Spanish, visit, www.sanoysalvo.org. People may also register in person at any Red Cross shelter.
  • Go to www.redcross.org/mobileapps to download the free Red Cross Hurricane App, which provides real-time alerts for locations you want to monitor and 鈥渂efore, during and after鈥 preparedness tools. There are social media links to easily let loved ones know you are safe and well.
  • If you have time to spare today, consider giving blood. The storm will disrupt blood drives up and down the coast. Giving today can help maintain a safe, adequate supply. Updated blood drive schedules are available at www.redcrossblood.org or at 1-800-RED CROSS.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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Matt Knickerbocker’s Storm Sandy Message

Matt Knickerbocker’s Storm Sandy Message:

The following is a message from First Selectman Matt Knickerbockers Robo-Call earlier this evening. Bethel Buzz did not receive the call until 7:00 p.m. this evening. Hopefully everyone received their call, if not here it is–

“Good afternoon everyone, this is First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker with an important message concerning Hurricane Sandy.

While the exact track is still a little bit unclear it is increasingly likely that we’re going to see heavy rains sometime early next week and I’d like to pass along a few safety tips. First of all, residents should prepare for several days without power in case the storm hits us full force. That means having聽flashlights, fresh batteries, food and water for at least 3 days. We also advise that you clear your gutters and please clear the storm drains in front of your house. So you can help your neighbors and help yourself by clearing the storm drains in front of your house. With the small highway crew, it’s impossible for 12 guys we have on for 3,000 drains in town.聽Never touch downed wires when they come down. Assume they are live until you see a crew clean them and never touch them under any condition.We will keep updates on storms progress when we have more information.聽Thank you very much. Have a good weekend.”

GOV. MALLOY TO PARTIALLY ACTIVATE THE STATE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER AT 8AM SATURDAY

GOV. MALLOY TO PARTIALLY ACTIVATE THE STATE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER AT 8AM SATURDAY

HARTFORD, CT) 鈥 Governor Dannel P. Malloy will partially activate the state鈥檚 Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. to coordinate the state鈥檚 response in advance of Hurricane Sandy.聽 Based on the current forecast, it is anticipated that the state EOC will go to full activation on Sunday at 8:00 a.m.

鈥淣ow is the time to prepare,鈥 said Governor Malloy.聽 鈥淎lthough the exact track of the storm is still uncertain, we are preparing for this storm to have a significant impact on the state and the public should do the same.鈥

The state has launched a website dedicated to keeping state residents up-to-date on all pertinent information on Hurricane Sandy, which can be accessed at聽www.ct.gov/sandy.

At 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Governor Malloy will hold a statewide conference call with municipal leaders, which will be followed by a media briefing with updates on Hurricane Sandy and Connecticut鈥檚 preparedness and response at 2:00 p.m. from the state EOC.

WHO: Governor Malloy
WHAT: Media update on Hurricane Sandy
WHEN: Saturday, October 27, 2012; 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: State Emergency Operations Center, William A. O鈥橬eill State Armory; 360 Broad Street, Hartford
**Security note: All media must enter the State Armory through the front door and will be escorted into the EOC.

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