A winter storm warning will be in effect Thursday, January 2, through Friday afternoon. The City of Stamford issued a statement Thursday night warning residents about the potential for heavy snow, strong winds, and dangerously cold wind chills.
According to the statement, the City’s Emergency Operations Center is monitoring the storm and all city departments are prepared to respond to the winter storm. Moderate power outages can be expected and Connecticut Light & Power has called in additional line and tree crews. The City issued the following tips:
1. Stay indoors during the storm. Drive only if it is absolutely necessary.
2. Prepare an Emergency Supply Kit.
3. Develop and Rehearse an Emergency Plan
4. Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: In the event of a power outage, portable generators should be operated safely. Outdoor grilling devices should never be brought inside the home for cooking or warmth. Only use generators and outdoor grills outside of your home and never in enclosed spaces such as garages, basements, or porches. Always run your generator outdoors as far from your home and your neighbors’ homes as possible (at least 20 feet) and away from doors, windows, and air intake vents
5. Keep Automobiles Prepared: Power outages may disable fuel stations. Keep a cell phone car-charger in the glove box.
6. Emergency Shelters: In the event of a major power outage emergency shelters may be open to the public. Be sure to pack any necessary medications or medical equipment, toiletries and bed linens
7. Care for your Pet: Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather
8. Stay Informed: Be sure to repeatedly check your local TV and radio stations, and the City’s website for news and information as it becomes available.
9. Register with Stamford’s Emergency Notification System, Code Red, to receive a phone message, text message whenever there is an urgent announcement or situational update. Visit: www.cityofstamford.org, and click on the “Register for Stamford Alert” button
* Life threatening situations should be reported to 911.
* Downed power lines should be reported immediately to CL&P at 1-800-286-2000. Power outages may also be reported here.
* To report operational issues such as downed trees, etc, the Citizens Service Center will be open for calls at 203-977-4140 during business hours. For non-emergency weather related issues after business hours call 203-977-4444.
* The City will open several warming stations for Friday. A full list is included here. If necessary, shelter and other pertinent information will be made available through the City’s website and the media.
Stamford Government Center Lobby: Friday (8am to 9pm)
888 Washington Blvd., Stamford
YMCA : Friday (9am – 5pm)
909 Washington Blvd, Stamford
Chester Addison Community Center: Friday (9am – 5pm)
245 Selleck St.
Union Baptist Church: Friday (9am – 2pm)
805 Newfield Avenue
Central Fire Headquarters: Friday (8am - 6pm)
629 Main Street, Stamford
South End Fire Station: Friday (8am – 6pm)
215 Washington Blvd
West Side Fire Station: Friday (8am – 6pm)
80 Fairfield Avenue
East Side/Shippan Fire Station: Friday (8am – 6pm)
Woodside Fire Station: Friday (8am – 6pm)
1600 Washington Blvd
Belltown Fire Station: Friday (8am – 6pm)
8 Dorlen Road
Long Ridge Fire Station: Friday (8am – 6pm)
366 Long Ridge Rd.
Springdale Fire Station: Friday (8am- 6pm)
987 Hope St.
Turn of River Fire Station: Friday (8am-6pm)
Buxton Farms Road
Visit www.stamfordct.gov for more information