MAYOR HARP MOBILIZES CITY RESOURCES TO KEEP RESIDENTS SAFE DURING STORM AND FREEZING TEMPERATURES
(1/1/2014) New Haven – Mayor Toni N. Harp, after her first, full day in office, is mobilizing city resources, erring on the side of caution, to keep residents safe throughout tonight’s snowstorm and the frigid weather to follow. Mayor Harp has engaged the counsel and cooperation of Chief of Police Dean Esserman, Fire Chief Michael Grant, and Richard Fontana, deputy director of the city’s Office of Emergency Management.
Mayor Harp has been working through the evening in her City Hall office, in constant communication with these officials.
“With a dire forecast for considerable snowfall overnight to be accompanied by high winds and the coldest weather so far this winter, we are resolved to keep every resident safe until conditions moderate,” Mayor Harp said. “I’m grateful to all the city’s public safety and public works employees and the extra effort they contribute to helping residents through this circumstance.”
Mayor Harp said New Haven Public Schools will be closed tomorrow to spare students the risk of treacherous sidewalks and slippery roads, New Haven police patrols are canvassing the city for homeless residents and bringing them to emergency shelters, and the fire department has underscored its warnings to residents about using inappropriate, unconventional, and even illegal means of keeping warm.
“Chief Grant describes the double jeopardy of illegal kerosene heaters and electric space heaters placed too close to fuel sources – that they’re both fire and health risks,” Mayor Harp said. “The fire risk is self-evident, but the literally life threatening danger of tasteless and odorless carbon monoxide is often overlooked and cannot be overstated.”
Mayor Harp said the city’s police, fire, and emergency management departments will be fully staffed overnight to help city residents through this weather emergency. The mayor said there will be a delayed start to the workday tomorrow for all non-essential city employees, who should report to work at 9:30 due to the weather.
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