Feb 102013

This is a message from the Orange Police Department.

Orange Elementary Schools and Amity Regional schools are closed for Monday.

All streets have been made passable for emergency vehicles.  The Highway Department will continue to work to widen roads and remove snow.  Please use caution at intersections as high snow piles cause blind spots.  Use caution when clearing driveways near the road as oncoming vehicles may not see you.

Attempt to clear storm drains near your home if possible

Please ensure that furnace vents and dryer vents are clear.  Residents should clear a second means of egress from their homes.

When warming vehicles make sure the exhaust is clear of snow.  Clear vehicles of all snow before driving.

Please clear fire hydrants in your neighborhood, if possible.

Call 911 for emergencies only.

Britton: Amity Will Strive For Normalcy, Safety in the Shadow of Newtown Tragedy

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Dec 172012

As President Barack Obama spoke to a brokenhearted nation from Newtown, CT, Amity Principal Charles Britton was sending out this notice:

As we prepare to return to school after this most terrible weekend, please be aware that we are doing all that we can to ensure the well being of our students. We will strive over the coming days to provide as normal and stable an environment as possible.

We will also be coordinating our efforts to arrange ways to mark the tragedy in Newtown, and show our support for the families and those most directly impacted by the events at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Students and parents are asked to be aware of the following:

1. At all times during the school day at Amity High School, we have three security guards and a Woodbridge Police Officer on campus. Our security guards are retired police officers, who have been well trained to respond to any crisis involving a need for law enforcement. Our school resource officer is a Woodbridge Police Officer, who has immediate access to the Woodbridge Police Department and other first responders.

2. At all times during the school day, all exterior doors are locked. We only allow visitors into the building who have been cleared at the security desk and wear bright yellow visitor stickers.

3. Over the coming days, the Amity administration will be meeting with members from the Woodbridge Police Department and the high school security team to review all of our emergency procedures. We have a comprehensive set of plans in place. However, a review of our plans in light of the most recent tragedy is prudent.

4. Tomorrow morning, the Amity Crisis Team will meet prior to the start of the school day. The Crisis Team will prepare to greet our students and provide any individual or group counseling necessary to support our students.

5. Over the coming days, the administration will be coordinating efforts with the Amity Student Government, National Honor Society, PTSA and other concerned individuals as we mark the tragedy in Newtown and plan our outreach efforts.

Counselors are available to parents and students. Parents who have concerns about their child’s well being are encouraged to reach out to administrators and counselors. Additional information will be distributed to the community over the coming days via this high school listserv.

Warmest Regards,

Charles D. Britton, Ed.D
Principal, Amity Regional High School

Thursday Police Briefing: Restoration Continues, Safety Reiterated, Extended Dump Hours

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Nov 012012

UI and Highway Department trucks out on the road Thursday afternoon.

Town Highway and UI continue to work together to restore power.  UI reports that restoration will begin on Friday.  There may be periods of outages while power is being restored.  Travel can still be difficult.  Be aware of low hanging wires and branches. Use caution at intersections as traffic controls may be out.  Report new power outages to UI at 1-800-722-5584.

Continue to use generators in a safe manner.  Generators should be at least 20 feet from the home.  They should not be covered. They should never be used indoors or in open garages.  Residents should not overload the generator with extension cords.  Cords can become hot and cause a fire.   Residents on generator power can cause damage to power lines if the main switch in their home is not off.

Residents should use extreme caution when using chainsaws or other tree clearing tools.  Always be aware of wires and other people when clearing debris. Trees may have been weakened by the storm and can fall when working beneath.

Perishable food left unrefrigerated for an extended time should be discarded as it may be unsafe to eat.

Dump hours have been extended to Sunday 830 to 430 for leaves and storm debris.  The Public Works Department will pick up storm debris cut to 6-8 foot lengths at curbside through middle of November.

The Emergency Shelter at High Plains Community Center is open.  Showers and Charging stations are available 24 hours a day.  Residents should bring their own toiletries, bedding and medications.  Pets are welcome.

Residents can elect to receive these messages via cell phone, text or email by visiting ctalert.gov.

Please be safe during this recovery period.