Jim Marpe: “Safety Is The Utmost Priority”

First Selectman Jim Marpe issued this statement, before the expected storm:

A blizzard warning is in effect throughout Connecticut, and is anticipated to heavily impact the area tonight through Tuesday.

Safety is the utmost priority. If there is a power outage, repairs will be made when it is safe to do so. At the height of the storm, due to high winds and potential for impassable roads, CL&P will not send linemen to repair downed wires until it is safe to do so.

Several factors make this storm dangerous:

Proactive measures have been taken to prepare for the storm:

Information and updates will be provided via the town’s website (www.westportct.org), Facebook page (www.facebook.com/westportct.gov) and Twitter (@westportct.gov) as well as Staples Radio WWPT (90.3 FM).

The Westport/Weston Health District has additional information on its website:   http://wwhd.org/

Contact CL&P at 1-800-286-2000 to report an outage or speak to a customer service representative.

It is recommended that residents take the following precautions:

The current expectation is that this will be a shelter-in-place event. The safest place to spend this evening and tomorrow is warm at home.

However, if you are using your fireplace or woodstove, please use utmost caution and let the ashes remain in the fireplace for several days until there are no remaining hot embers.

If you use portable space heaters in your home, be extremely careful and remember that space heaters require SPACE—nothing that can burn should be within three feet of any part of the heater.

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