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Hurricane Sandy: East Haven Prepares for Storm's Impact

East Haven town officials have already begun planning and coordinating for the late October storm's potential impact on the town, as they closely monitor the storm's projected path.

Althought the exact track and potential impact on the shoreline is still as yet unkown, town officials and staff are already hard at work preparing for whatever Hurricane Sandy might bring East Haven's way.

"We have been, of course, monitoring the storm for several days now," Frank Gentilesco, the town's assistant director of administration and management, told East Haven Patch this afternoon.

Gentilesco said East Haven Fire Chief Douglas Jackson — who was named the state's "Emergency Manager of the Year" for his work before, during and after Tropical Storm Irene — has been coordinating the town's early preparation efforts.

Fire Chief Jackson to Spearhead Preparation Efforts

"East Haven is in an enviable position of having Chief Jackson’s expertise and experience to spearhead our efforts of both preparation and response," he said.

Gentilesco noted that Jackson has already been working closely with with Interim East Haven Police Chief Larrabee, as well as the Mayor's Office and other officials and town employees.

"We are being constantly appraised of the progress of the storm and have already began discussing preliminary plans of action that may need to be taken as we get closer to the storm’s affect on our area," he said, adding that the storm is, at this time, expected to impact the shoreline late Monday night into Tuesday time.

Emergency Management Meeting Friday

As part of its preparation for the storm, the Mayor's Office will be holding an emergency management meeting Friday at 3 p.m.

"We will be meeting with our emergency services department heads, our two state legislators — Senator Fasano and Representative Albis — and representatives from the United Illuminating Company," Gentilesco said.

He added that the Mayor's Office may issue a formal press release following tomorrow's late afternoon planning session that would include "more definitive plans and information for our residents."

East Haven Patch will continue to provide updates as the storm's track progresses and more information about it's impact on the area is known.

Christopher Schaefer October 26, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Rosa DeLauro: preview of her post-storm response: http://youtu.be/xTsa0PvQxRc
Momauguin Joe October 26, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Hope Mayor Maturo will be in town for the 3pm meeting today.
Julie Weisberg (Editor) October 26, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Quick Note: The Mayor's Office contacted me this morning to let me know today's meeting has been moved to 4 p.m. And as soon as I get any info back from it, I'll be posting that ASAP.
Momauguin Joe October 26, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Mayor's flight from Florida delayed a bit?
Joe, You'll notice Julie said "The Mayor's Office" contacted her not The Mayor.
Cosey Beacher October 27, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Famous quote from last years storm....." Remember folks, when looting choose shiney over heavy" HA!!!
Ann Della Camera October 27, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Hoff, just once, could you try thinking about the situation and not call names and make accusations. The people on the beach have delt with so much and don't need your sarcasim. Try Offering a hand if needed, now that would be a postive jesture, but I am not sure you even know how to make one.
Richard Poulton October 27, 2012 at 12:27 PM
See Bob, here is how it goes in any office of any elected / high official. "Hey so an so, call the media and tell them that the time has been moved up". I don't think a mayor or any high official in any position actually makes these calls themselves. But you just had to "try and say something" and to make some sort of pun comment. I was hoping you were going to reframe from these types of comments, but my hopes were just to high I guess.

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