New Haven city leaders prepare for winter

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — With winter on the way New Haven city leaders have plans in place to keep you safe. Deputy director of Emergency Operations, Rick Fontana, “We are in the Emergency Operation Center in New Haven where city leaders are conducting a blizzard drill to make sure you are safe during the winter.”

Behind the scenes city leaders have been working all year preparing for a storm.

“We have the commanding control of everything that happens during a snow storm comes from the emergency operations center so we bring in all of the subject matter experts, the department heads that are essentially put the plan together to combat the storm,” Fontana said.

The city is adding eight new trucks to its snow force this winter including a ten-foot wide snow blower. Plus there is a new way to know a parking ban is in place. Blue emergency lights will be activated at intersections in downtown during snow emergencies.

“We want to make sure that snow doesn’t endanger the lives of people the city of New Haven. We are doing everything that we can to be prepared for that and assure people are safe,” said New Haven Mayor Toni Harp.

Mayor Harp says they hope to do a better job this year in dealing with snow. “We were working largely with equipment like broken shovels well now we have a 10 foot wide snow blower it actually removes the snow from the streets so we are just not pushing it around. We are going to make sure through our plans we are not going to just plow people back into there driveways.”

Police substations will be open for people who lose power and there will be an overnight shelter.

“We’ve put together an overnight shelter. We’ve had it over on Hamilton street so again it is an overnight shelter for homeless. It is from 12 at night to 8 in the morning and it gives them a place to go to stay warm and stay out of the dangerous weather conditions,” Fontana said.

You can sign up for alerts during severe weather through the city’s emergency notification system.

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