Update, 3:15 p.m.
A message from Enfield Emergency Management: "Please be advised that the charging station and water filling station at the JFK Middle School will be closed tonight at 8 p.m. and will reopen tomorrow morning (October 30th) at 8 a.m."
ALL Enfield Fire Departments will stay open all night for residents to fill up their containers with water.
Update, 12:30 p.m.
Mayor Scott Kaupin says Route 190 from Phoenix Ave. to Suffield (one of the "Limited Access Highways") will be closed at 1 p.m. today.
Update, 10:39 a.m.
Town Manager Matt Coppler has just signed an emergency declaration, which empowers him to make necessary personnel and resource allocations to prepare for the storm.
The Enfield Emergency Operations Center opened at 9 a.m. Monday. The EOC issued a statement: "JFK Middle school and ALL Enfield Fire Departments are currently open for residents to fill up their containers with water. In addition, the JFK Middle School (not the Fire Departments) is also available for residents to charge their electronic devices."
Mayor Scott Kaupin said the Kennedy Middle School shelter is being set up today in case of need, and the Department of Public Works was out all weekend checking storm drains and typical flood areas. "We feel we're in good shape," Kaupin said.
As we hunker down to ride out Hurricane Sandy, we want to make sure that Enfield stays connected. For live updates during the storm, be sure to download our App for your smartphone or tablet and 'like' Enfield Patch on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
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The effects of Irene and the October snowstorm from last year are hard for us to forget and at times, water and batteries were scarce about town. You can share info about where to find these items and who has gotten the latest delivery by commenting here.
Enfield Patch is all about connecting neighbors and helping neighbors so we hope you’ll find this information hub helpful as we brave the storm together.
Stay safe, Enfield!
In addition to signing up for the Everbridge alert system, residents are urged to have the following emergency numbers and websites on hand:
Emergency only (police, fire and ambulance): 911
Routine Police Department calls: 860-763-6400
Poison Control: 800-222-1222
Power Outage: 800-286-2000
If you have not signed up for the town's mass notification system visit the town's website at www.enfield-ct.gov and click on the Everbridge invitation at the bottom of the page. Create an account and enter your emergency contact information. This will allow you to receive emergency information via telephone, e-mail, text message, etc.
Enfield Public Schools are closed Monday and Tuesday.
Enfield emergency shelter, if needed, will open at Kennedy Middle School.
Manchester and Asnuntuck community colleges have canceled classes and activities and closed offices for Monday.
Enfield trash and recycling is running Monday as scheduled.
Connecticut Light & Power:
Take a walk around the outside of your house. Do you still have patio furniture, political signs or other items that could get swept up in a gust? It's best to take them inside for now until the wind receeds.
Gov. Dannel Malloy issued an executive order Sunday evening extending the deadline for in-person voter registration in Connecticut to Thursday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. for those who intend to vote in the upcoming election. The deadline had originally been scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m.