Weston police warn residents to ‘stay sheltered in place’

Hurricane

A pair of heavy duty Humvees acquired by Weston Police Chief John Troxell following storm Irene last year are ready to serve the town during Hurricane Sandy.

With winds from Hurricane Sandy picking up intensity and gusting through town, police are warning residents to stay inside ‘sheltered in place.’

“Don’t go outside and walk around right now. Tree limbs and wires are falling and there may be downed wires where you don’t see them,” said Weston Police Officer Joe Miceli who is also the town’s Deputy Emergency Management Director.

With 310 power outages reported now in Weston by Connecticut Light & Power Company, and many more expected during the life of the storm, Officer Miceli reminds people that the state will not be distributing food and water until Wednesday at the earliest, so homeowners will have to rely on their own resources until then.

As a matter of public safety, as the storm progresses and the winds increase to more than 50 miles per hour, police, fire and EMS will respond to life threatening calls only. When the winds decrease, they will respond to all calls.

The town has plans to open an evacuation shelter if necessary at Weston High School. After the storm has passed, the town will open a comfort station at the high school to provide food and water to residents in need.

Volunteers are being sought to help at the comfort station. If interested, contact Ken Edgar ([email protected]) or Neil Horner ([email protected]) and indicate when you might be available.

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