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Monday, August 30, 2010

Officials Tour Long Lots Shelter, Rev Up Emergency Plans

Westport officials today toured Long Lots Elementary School, the town’s designated shelter during emergencies, as part of its review of emergency preparedness Image
Westport officials check a stack of cots stored at Long Lots Elementary School today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

“This had been scheduled some time ago and it’s purely coincidental that it came while we are gearing up for possible hurricane-related issues later this week,” said First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff.

The officials toured designated areas for sleeping and eating and checked on hundreds of cots stored at the school for use during emergencies.

Also on the tour were Fire Chief Christopher Ackley, the town’s emergency management director, Deputy Fire Chief Jonathan Gottfried, Human Services Director Barbara Butler, Police Sgt. Richard Frazier, Ernest Heidleberg of Westport CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), and others. 

Joseloff said the Westport Center for Senior Activities would be available on a short-term basis during emergencies but that Long Lots is the town’s shelter for extended housing needs.

In addition to the Long Lots tour, there were other updated storm preparedness plans under way, he said.

As a National Weather Service-designated “StormReady” community, Westport today began regular weather briefings with weather forecasters on the progress of Hurricane Earl and other developing storms, Joseloff said.

Also, all town departments involved in emergency preparedness-related tasks were reviewing their plans and staffing schedules for the end of the week, he said.


Posted 08/30/10 at 07:47 PM  Permalink


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Is the generator working?  As I recall, the last time there was a flood-evacuation (2007?), Long Lots was closed because of a power outage.  Or do I mis-remember?

Posted by Dan Lasley on August 30, 2010 at 11:10 PM | #