Naugatuck Mayor Declares State of Emergency

Bob Mezzo puts out information to residents via CodeRed emergency notification system. Make sure you sign up for CodeRed alerts (link provided).


Naugatuck Mayor Bob Mezzo sent out the following message via the CodeRed emergency notification system on Sunday afternoon: (Click here to sign up for CodeRed alerts from the borough.) 

“Current forecasts indicate that Naugatuck will begin to feel the brunt of Hurricane Sandy by early Monday morning.  The storm is expected to intensify Monday afternoon and continue with significant strength until Tuesday night.  Residents are urged to remain inside during the height of the storm, and avoid travel if at all possible.   We expect to receive hurricane force winds and heavy rain over a 1 or 2 day period starting on Monday.

In consultation with our emergency management team, I have declared a State of Emergency in the Borough of Naugatuck effective of 12:00 Noon today.  Naugatuck’s Emergency Operations Center (“EOC”) will open for monitoring at 12:00 AM midnight, at the Naugatuck Fire Department.  Operations will shift to active status at the Naugatuck Police Station beginning at 6:00 AM, on Monday (10/29/2012) morning.

Be prepared for stream, street, and basement flooding.  Extended power outages are possible, and very likely.  Please stay away from any downed trees, poles or power lines.

During the height of the storm, police, fire, and emergency medical crews may only be able to respond to life threatening emergencies.  Please call 911 for emergencies.

Naugatuck Schools will be closed on Monday, October 29, 2012; and Tuesday, October 30, 2012.  Further decisions on school closings and/or delays will be made after assessing the impact of the storm.

Any decisions regarding the opening of emergency shelters will be made after assessing which schools have power and can accommodate overnight stays.  We will make a daily Code Red phone call before 11:00 AM to inform residents of new developments and updates.  In the event of a massive loss of power, emergency management personnel will post memorandums with pertinent information at all of Naugatuck’s schools for public viewing.

There will be no trash or recycling collection on Monday, October 29, 2012.  Further decisions on future collection will be made on a daily basis after assessing the impact of Storm Sandy.  Halloween Village at the Public Works Department will be closed tonight and Monday.  Any advisories about trick or treating on Wednesday will be made after assessing the impact of the storm.

Thank you and be safe.”

Please be advised that the Borough declares a state of emergency for multiple reasons.  While there are no dangerous conditions at the current time (approximately 2:50 PM, on Sunday, October 28, 2012), forecasts indicate severe weather is approaching.  The declaration of a state of emergency allows the Borough to procure materials and services, if needed, outside the bidding process; allows the Borough to obtain state and/or federal resources; and positions Naugatuck for federal and/or state reimbursement if applicable.

Fred Scheithe October 28, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Thank you for "smart" leadership Mayor Bob!
Ken Hanks October 28, 2012 at 10:42 PM
I have approved nearly 300 new phone numbers for the Naugatuck CodeRed system in the past couple days. We can send messages by voice, text, email, and TTD. CodeRed will be one of the tools we will use to get accurate and timely information out this week. We will also be using Facebook, Twitter, and Mayor Mezzo's blog as well as print, radio, and Internet media (Patch). In addition, we will distribute printed versions of CodeRed announcements to all town schools after 11AM each day. Look for them near the main entrances of the buildings.
James Doyle October 29, 2012 at 10:40 AM
ya well i want to be removed from the list i am getting tired of getting woke up by some stupid recording i work nights and sleep days
Ken Hanks October 29, 2012 at 11:03 AM
James, no problem, I will remove you from the list. Please send an email with your phone number to nemac@snet.net Thanks.
Marie T Shurretto October 29, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Hi, As the owner of Buttons n Bows Preschool and daycare, I would like to be placed on the notification list. Thank you, Marie Shurretto Text 2038199510
Ken Hanks October 29, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Marie, all set. You should have received a test call.
Mr Mike October 29, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Received at least two CodeRed calls from Mayor Bob within about 5 hours. No new info in second call. Principal is good, constant use with no new data is just likeing to hear yourself talk, It's a new toy, I think.
carol dubois October 29, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Be grateful that we have it instead of complaining about it!!!!!Some people are never happy in less they are complaining about something!!


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