Winter Storm Safety Information
The Town of Mansfield is urging everyone to shelter-in-place (stay home) during the storm and to prepare themselves to be self-sufficient for 24-48 hours after the storm. Please see important links and information below for preparing yourself and your family.
Link: Red Cross Guide to Winter Storm Preparedness
Link: Connecticut Guide to Emergency Preparedness
Link: Mansfield Department of Emergency Management: What to do in an emergency
Link: Mansfield Fire Marshal: Fire Safety and Fire Prevention
As a reminder, there is a ban on overnight parking on all town roads in effect from November 1st – April 15th. During a winter storm, this ban is in effect for all hours of the day.
If a shelter or respite center becomes necessary, the Town will open the facility AFTER the storm is over and when travel is appropriate. Information about the shelter or respite center will be publicized on www.MansfieldCT.gov and distributed to area media.
Anyone without power should call and report it to Eversource at 800-286-2000. Eversource makes resource and priority decisions about restoring power in part based on the calls they receive.
If able, please visit the Eversource Storm Center webpage for more outage details. Eversource may be able to provide restoration time estimates if you sign in to your personal account online.
Fire/Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Portable generators are useful but they can be hazardous. Generators should always be used in accordance with the manufacturer instructions and guidelines. The primary hazards to avoid when using them are carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock or electrocution, and fire. Charcoal/gas grills, camp stoves and lanterns, gas ovens, fireplaces, kerosene, gasoline or propane-powered space heaters can also be sources of serious safety concerns. Please follow these links for more information:
Link: Kerosene Heater safety
Link: Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
If your home is served by a private well, sump pump, and/or sewage pump and you lose power, these items will likely be non-functional. Make sure to have at least 1 gallon per person per day of fresh, sealed water for drinking and personal needs.
After a storm, water from public water supplies and private wells may not be safe to drink. Water that is discolored, cloudy, has an odor, or has small particles or floating pieces should NOT be used. Listen to the news or your water company to know if your water is safe.
For more information on public drinking water systems go to: www.ct.gov/dph/publicdrinkingwater.
For more information on private wells go to:
Ensure all refrigerators and freezers are kept closed. A tightly shut refrigerator can keep the food at or below 45º F for about 4 hours and a freezer can keep food frozen for up to 2 days (if fully stocked). Any frozen food that thaws but remains at less than 45º F can be cooked and eaten. Food above 45º F should be thrown out. In general: don't re-freeze frozen food if it has been thawed.
Be especially careful with eggs and egg products, milk and milk products, meat, fish, poultry and shellfish. If you have any doubt concerning food items, they should be discarded - remember -when in doubt, throw it out!
Link: What to keep & throw away: Refrigerated foods / Frozen foods
Closure of Town Facilities/Cancellation of Meetings
Closures and delayed openings of municipal facilities (e.g. Town Hall, Mansfield Community Center, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield Senior Center) and the cancellation/postponement of meetings are likely. Please check with the facility or related website for updated information.
Please monitor the Town’s website and Facebook page for future updates and related information.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
POC: Adam Libros, Emergency Management Director
Published on 1/3/2018 at 8:00pm