Pax Hits Connecticut: Malloy Closes State Offices [Updated]

Before the storm even hits, many schools are closing, state offices have delayed openings, and CL&P says it's prepared for potential power outages.

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Update at 8:15 a.m. on

With as much as a foot of snow possible through much of the state, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has ordered non-essential state employees not to go to work. 

(In a separate announcement, the Governor's Office said Malloy will hold a news conference at 8:32 a.m.)

Here's the news release, emailed at 7:53 a.m.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced that he has ordered all first and second shift, non-essential state employees to not report to work on Thursday, Feb. 13, in response to winter storm conditions across the state.  State employees are encouraged to contact their supervisors for further guidance.

“As conditions are predicted to intensify throughout the day, we are ordering all first and second shift, non-essential state employees to stay home today.  I don’t like the term non-essential because I think everyone does important work, but with poor road conditions I don’t want to put anyone in harm’s way. With heavy snow falling across the state and forecast to continue throughout the day, I am asking residents to avoid unnecessary travel."

Our original report follows:

With winter storm "Pax" packing a punch, Connecticut is bracing to get hit.

Many school districts announced cancellations Wednesday night, just as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy held a press conference to go over what plans he is putting in place to weather the winterstorm, which is expected to dump upwards of a foot of wet, heavy snow across the state starting at about 3 a.m.

CL&P, the state's largest electric provider, is also bracing for the storm — and the potential for power outages.

During his press conference, Malloy announced that he is activating the state's Emergency Operations Center at 6 a.m. — two hours after a ban on tandem trucks will go into effect on primary and secondary roads.

In addition, non-essential state employees have been told not to report to work till 10 a.m., Malloy said.

“I am going to convene an early morning call with emergency management officials tomorrow and, at that point, determine if additional delays or possibly a full closure are necessary,” Malloy said.

'CL&P is Prepared'  

Connecticut Light & Power sent out a press release today in which the utility said it's prepared to safely and quickly respond to any power outages that might occur. "The company will activate its emergency response plan tomorrow morning and will have crews standing by across the state," the release states. "The forecast calls for heavy, wet snow in some areas which could pose a threat to trees and electrical equipment, possibly causing power outages."

Report an Outage to CL&P   

CL&P is reminding customers to report an outage at 800-286-2000 and also to stay at least 10 feet away from any downed power lines and immediately call 911 to report them. 

Report an Outage to UI

To report a power outage to United Illuminating Co., call 800-722-5584 (800-7-CALL-UI). 

Have A 'Storm Kit'

in its release, CL&P also encouraged customers to prepare by assembling or restocking a storm kit and making arrangements to look outfor their families, friends and neighbors. 

CL&P’s "Shopping for a Storm Kit" video on YouTube highlights the contents of a storm kit, including: 

  • Flashlights with spare batteries 
  • A battery-operated radio or TV 
  • First-aid kit and medications 
  • Canned, freeze-dried or dehydrated foods 
  • A manual can opener 
  • Bottled water 
  • Baby or pet supplies (if needed) 
  • Important phone numbers 

Customers who are dependent on electricity for critical medical needs are urged to make preparations now to switch to a backup source or move to an alternate location if necessary. 

The Connecticut American Red Cross, one of CL&P’s partners in emergency preparedness, provides helpful information and resources at www.ctredcross.org.  For tips and updates from CL&P, follow us on Twitter @CTLightandPower and like us on Facebook atfacebook.com/ctlightandpower

Lucia February 13, 2014 at 10:13 AM
If they're non-essential then why are they employed?
Paul Chotkowski February 13, 2014 at 10:40 AM
NON ESSENTIAL STATE WORKERS! NON ESSENTIAL STATE WORKERS! I am shocked, shocked, to find that Governor Mao Loy and his merry band of Progressive Redistributionist in the CGA employ NON ESSENTIAL STATE WORKERS [apologies to Captain Renault]! Short of being one of these overpaid and over benefited union hacks or a sycophant hoping to gain a “state” job, why would a liberty loving, self reliant, responsible, charitable, tax paying, Sovereign Citizen vote for or re elect these fiduciaries of “The People of Connecticut” who “acknowledging with gratitude, the good providence of God, in having permitted them to enjoy a free government do, in order more effectually to define, secure, and perpetuate the liberties, rights and privileges which they have derived from their ancestors”? In case you were educated in a union dominated public school that was the introduction to the CT State Constitution! The Governor called them NON ESSENTIAL STATE WORKERS FOR PETE’S SAKE! And, you are paying the taxes which provide these leaches with better pay and benefits [on average] than most CT citizens earn. I am not advocating a Pitchfork Revolution; however, re electing the same Progressive Collectivists who admit to hiring Non Essential State Workers would appear to be contra indicated! Que the bodhrán, THIS IS WHAT DE MOC RA CY LOOKS LIKE [without Sovereign Citizens]. Enjoy the snow and don’t forget to pay your carbon tax!
Tad North February 13, 2014 at 10:40 AM
Great question. State government has become bloated over the last ten years.
RMK February 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM
I'm betting most of you complaining about 'non-essential workers' also complain bitterly about unemployment stats. If any of you EVER had a clue about what you think you pay for with your taxes, government workers doing their jobs would be the least of your concerns. We all need to try taking a look at where our tax dollars go and see about fixing that. Money in politics, siphoned down from big corporations that get more federal tax dollars in welfare than any in the poorest communities, or federal, state and town workers could ever dream of getting. Remember, you guys made this a political discussion. For those employees of our state who can stay home today, please do. It's worth my tax dollars to see you safe. Nevermind the non-weather-related bluster from the tax illiterate ;)
Henry G February 13, 2014 at 12:16 PM
Hey RMK, if the tax burden on the small and big companies were not as great as they are and big government was reduced, companies would have more money to invest in employees, products, etc. which in turn provides more of a tax base. State and Federal workers are a burden on our society which hinders growth of the economy. With no competition in State and Federal services, prices become "bloated". I hate to think what kind of money we'd save if the private sector took over the services that State and Federal workers provide!
Happy Percy February 13, 2014 at 01:41 PM
ummm..I liked to say...ummm, it's umm snowing out ummtoday, so umm all nonummm-essential ummmm elployess, ummm stay home. Ummm I am a one ummm termer and ummm plan to make it ummmm miserable umm for everyone in CT.
Happy Rotarian February 13, 2014 at 03:48 PM
You can always join some community club and use your network to get a job as a director or something-- then you would be Essential and could pick and choose when you wanted to work and when you felt like skipping out of the office for a Yoga lesson at your community club meeting. Who would even know when you were working or not? Afterall, you would be the Director.?
RMK February 13, 2014 at 06:19 PM
Henry G., if the private sector took over the services that State and Federal workers provide, you'd better hope you could be one of the biggest shareholders, or at least a high-level CEO. Don't think that some small business, hardworking truck driver will be plowing your snow and salting your roads. You'll be paying the going rate for a private sector franchise of Walmart Plowing to plow your street. A team of under-paid guys, working three jobs to make ends meet will be told where to plow and when, but only if everyone on your street could agree on the going rate. A half-plowed street when one of your neighbors, or you, refuse to foot their part of the bill. I always get a good laugh when the Libertarians come out of the woodwork to pretend that the private sector is the answer to all our prayers for good service. They're usually the first in line with their hands out for federal, state and local aid, along with the tea party, when disaster strikes them and theirs.
Tmc February 13, 2014 at 06:37 PM
It's amazing how many millions of dollars state workers gave back recently (no raises for 4 years!) in consessions with little or no appreciation from the public. Go volunteer to shovel I-95 and the Post Rd if you're so inclined. Otherwise, STFU.
Happy Percy February 13, 2014 at 08:31 PM
State Workers really need to give back more, taxpayers have had enough! Pay more for your benefits too! And enough of saving up sick days that can be used towards retirement, if you are sick you are sick, no banking them! this goes for Teachers, TOO! Need a chill pill too, I'm sure your Health Plan covers that!!
RMK March 01, 2014 at 12:43 PM
HP -- I really wish people like you would whine more about the billionaires hiding their money in tax shelters offshore and the big oil companies sucking away at taxpayer-funded corporate welfare. You spend your days parroting that flesh bag Limbaugh crying about the guy who makes less than 100K a year and retires on a pension that barely registers when compared to the corporate/wealthiest side of the ledger that you and I ALSO fund. Not a peep from you and the fat buffoon with the golden mic about those snakes -- why is that?


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