Text from the First Selectman's 11/04/11 Reverse 9-1-1 Telephone Call:
This is First Selectman Tim Herbst calling to provide you with an update regarding Halloween.
Due to last weekend's storm and the resulting downed power lines, limbs and trees, we rescheduled Halloween for Saturday, November 5. In the interest of the safety of the children and their parents, we believe this course of action was appropriate.
Please be aware that children will be out trick-or-treating Saturday evening. Families should be aware that downed limbs and brush may present obstacles to children. Motorist should be aware that children will be going house-to-house and should drive slowly and use caution.
This is First Selectman Tim Herbst.
Thank you for your time.
HALLOWEEN RE-SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2011
First Selectman Timothy M. Herbst issued the following statement concerning Halloween.
“Right now, the Town of Trumbull is working to restore power and clear roads. Earlier today, the Town of Trumbull, upon the recommendation of the Police Chief and our Emergency Management Team, made the strong recommendation to residents and parents to avoid going out this evening for Halloween. Thirty minutes ago, I received a telephone call from Chief Kiely advising me that the UI Make Safe Crew came upon three downed power lines - - all of which were live wires. Had these wires not been discovered this afternoon and had people gone out this evening and not seen these wires in the dark, a resident or their children could have been seriously injured. I cannot emphasize enough the seriousness of the safety hazards that exist on Town roads.
School Superintendent Ralph Iassogna has not even been able to make the determination as to whether school will open or close tomorrow given the condition of Town roads, downed power lines and those that remain without power. The Superintendent plans on making this decision later today, upon learning additional information.
Again, upon the recommendation of Chief Kiely and the Emergency Management Team, I strongly urge residents to not go out this evening with their children.
The Town of Trumbull has rescheduled Halloween for this Saturday, November 5, 2011. Other communities in the State of Connecticut are taking the same steps and proceeding with the same date. We believe this will allow Halloween to proceed for Trumbull’s children without compromising their safety or the safety of their parents or any other Trumbull resident. I should also note that the Westfield-Trumbull Mall will be hosting tricker or treaters this evening from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. I encourage all Trumbull residents to go down to the mall with their children to participate in this event.”