Easton first responders are urging residents to stay safe by staying home during today’s snowstorm that’s forecast to continue into Thursday.

Winter storm warnings from the National Weather Service are now in effect for the entire region from 2 p.m. this afternoon through 1 p.m. on Thursday.  

“The best message is to stay home until crews have a chance to properly clear the roads, avoid downed power lines, and do not ignore caution tape or barricades,” Fire Chief Steve Waugh advised. “Generators should not be run indoors and be properly vented outdoors.”

First Selectman Dave Bindelglass urged people to stay home in a message he posted on the Town of Easton website and sent to the Easton Courier on Tuesday.

The Eason Police Department will have extra patrolmen on through the night and into the morning, according to Chief Richard Doyle. Easton EMS will have crews on duty throughout the night, and the fire department will have an extra crew on duty tonight, he said. Doyle is also the town’s emergency operations director.

“I’ve contacted our account manager at UI to make sure UI is on board,” Doyle said. “I’ll be working throughout the night to monitor conditions. The big concern is if we have power outages to get it restored before tomorrow night when temperatures are supposed to drop drastically. We’re concerned about people being cold and pipes breaking if there is no power.”

If warming centers are needed, Doyle said they will open at the Easton Senior Center and the Easton EMS building. The EMS building isn’t handicapped accessible but could lodge people on the second floor. Notifications will be sent by social media if they open and people can call 211, Doyle said.

“We canceled all tree work for tomorrow so the plows will be able to get past all the roads and urge people not to park on the street and to stay home, especially tomorrow morning so crews can work unimpeded while they clear the roads and assure snow doesn’t pile up in intersections,” the chief said.

“People are great at checking on their neighbors to see if anyone needs assistance, to make sure everyone is safe.  The big concern is the weight of the snow on the white pines, that they won’t fall, but branches will break off.

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By Nancy Doniger

Nancy Doniger worked as a journalist for three decades and was a founding editor of the nonprofit Easton Courier in partnership with the School of Communications, Media & the Arts at Sacred Heart University (SHU). She served two years as executive member and is now a contributing editing of the Easton Courier. She was a former managing editor of Hometown Publications and Hersam Acorn Newspapers covering Connecticut's Fairfield and New Haven counties. She was a correspondent for the Connecticut section of The New York Times from 1995 until the section was discontinued in 2006. Over the years she edited The Easton Courier, The Monroe Courier, The Bridgeport News and other community newspapers. She taught news editing as an adjunct professor at SHU and served as coordinator and member of the Community Assets Network for the Easton, Redding and Region 9 schools. She was a member of the Newtown Community Center Commission, member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), board member of the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA), and past president and board member of the Barnard Club of Connecticut. She has won awards for her writing from SPJ and NENPA.