Bethel's Emergency Shelter Information: The Hurricane Sandy Edition [UPDATE]

First Selectman Matthew S. Knickerbocker informs residents about emergency shelters and town operational information in the following press release.


Update, 6:58 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28

Town offices will not open tomorrow: Monday, Oct. 29. The emergency shelter will still open at noon.

Original Article:

The following information is from First Selectman Matthew S. Knickerbocker.

The Town of Bethel activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and declared a state of emergency at noon today [Sunday, Oct. 28] in advance of Hurricane Sandy. This will help the town recover costs related to emergency operations and cleanup, should it be incurred. 

At this time, Bethel town hall business offices are scheduled open Monday at the normal time of 8:30am.  All town hall offices except the Selectman’s Office and the EOC will close at noon.

Bethel’s emergency shelter at the Clifford J. Hurgin Municipal Center will open at noon on Monday and will remain open until further notice.  Residents are encouraged to come to the shelter if they are concerned about safety in their homes.  Please bring pillows, blankets, personal toiletries and medications in case an overnight stay is necessary.


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High winds are expected during this storm.  Residents are reminded to secure outdoor furniture, ornaments, political lawn signs and anything else that could become a projectile during peak winds.

Please report power outages to CL&P at 800-286-2000 so they have an accurate record of all outages. 

Further updates will be issued as needed.

Matthew S. Knickerbocker, First Selectman

Clifford J. Hurgin Municipal Center, 1 School Street Bethel

Michael Duff October 29, 2012 at 02:39 AM
There are town taxes and personal property reports due on Nov. 1 Will the deadline for these be extended due to the storm and possible closing of various Departments at the Municipal Center?
Bill Hillman October 29, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Mike, assume NOT, as they are controlled by statute, and the town has no discretion.... HOWEVER, as Malloy has declared a state of emergency, as a god, he now has the power to waive any statutes, including those that regulate property tax collections. I would think a week's extension would be beyond him. They were actually due Oct 1st, the penalties kick in Nov 1


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