First Selectman Pat Llodra, in coordination with Newtown’s Health District and local emergency management officials, announced that residents who may require a place to warm up over the course of the coming days can do so at two locations in town.
Mrs Llodra said the Newtown Municipal Center main meeting room will be accessible as a warming center for residents until 9:30 pm every evening until further notice — including over the weekend. In addition, residents are invited to another warming center at the Senior Services office at 14 Riverside Road in Sandy Hook between the hours of 8 am and 4:30 pm weekdays only.
According to Mrs Llodra, Connecticut is expected to continue experiencing arctic blasts of very cold air with evening temperatures ranging from below zero to the teens through next week. She and emergency management officials urge residents to be prepared for severe cold weather and ask that every resident make appropriate preparations to ensure personal safety and readiness.
Officials also ask residents to be aware of and to check on any elderly or frail neighbors “to be certain they are doing OK in this weather.”
Daytime temperatures are not forecast to rise above 30 degrees, and nighttime temps will average in the teens to single digits, with wind chills dropping temps to below zero through February 1.
Mrs Llodra reminds residents of the following:
*If there is a life safety emergency — call 911
*Power outage — call 800-286-2000
*To receive local Code Red emergency announcements from the town, register at www.newtown-ct.gov or call 203-270-4370 for assistance;
*Check News and Announcements on the town website, www.newtown-ct.gov, and use the site to register to receive electronic news updates by e-mail;
*To reach Connecticut’s free information and referral service, call 211 or visit www.211ct.org;
*Reach the first selectman’s office at 203-270-4201; the emergency management/fire marshal at 203-270-4370; and the local Health District at 203-270-4291.