This message is to inform you of specific concerns as well as services related to the snow storm.
First, with the current rainfall, there are precautions you may wish to take concerning the added weight to snow on roofs. If possible, clear any large snowfall and make access to gutters. If you have any known leakage, particularly to areas of your residence where there is electricity – such as between walls, shut off the area circuit breakers and notify the City’s dispatch number at 860-826-3000 to arrange for an inspection for any fire hazard.
Please also make certain that your home’s Carbon Monoxide and Smoke detectors are in working condition. Be aware that carbon monoxide is an odorless, invisible gas that can buildup in your home.
Exposure to carbon monoxide can be deadly. Please test the battery in you smoke and carbon monoxide detectors by pressing and holding down the button located on the cover of the devise. Smoke detectors should be located on every floor of your home including the basement.
Be sure to visually inspect the outlet of your dryer and furnace vents that may be located near ground level to assure that they are not obstructed by snow. Remember that snow may fall from the roof and cover the vents during the coming days, please be sure to re-inspect the area frequently.
Secondly, if you have a need that is not a 911 emergency that is storm related, such as transportation to medical care, prescription medication, or food, please call the City’s dispatch unit at 860-826-3000. Community Services Department Staff are available to provide assistance and support until 5PM today and throughout the storm recovery period. There are also trained nursing and mental health professionals if you have a serious but not life threatening condition. As always, in any serious or life threatening condition please use the 911 system.
As Mayor, I want to be certain that you are safe and well during the recovery process of this unprecedented storm. I also want to assure you that City personnel are available to assist you with any important need that you have.