HARTFORD-- With blizzard-like conditions starting to hit the state, Gov. Malloy ordered all state roads to close at 9 p.m. Monday night.
“People need to take this storm seriously,” said Malloy. “If current predictions are accurate, we will need people to stay off the roads so that emergency personnel and utility crews can get to the places they need to get to, and to make sure that our plows can keep critical roadways clear.”
He said the Connecticut Department of Transportation will have its entire fleet of snow plows, including 12 loader-mounted blowers, prepared to deploy.
The DOT has more than 600 trucks stationed at dozens of garages across the state and are ready to leave at a moment's notice. Also, 400 National Guardsman have been deployed to assist State Police and other first responders.
The Emergency Operations Center, located in Hartford, opened at 4 p.m. per the governor's request; the EOC is staffed by state emergency management and will remain open throughout the duration of the storm.
The governor announced that all UConn campuses will be closed on Tuesday. Also, on Tuesday, all non-essential first- and second-shift state employees are ordered not to come to work, and Malloy has requested that business owners follow suit so that employees can abide by the state-wide travel ban.
The Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is monitoring the storm closely and is working alongside the National Weather Service to get the latest information on the storms.
In order to be prepared for the impending storm Gov. Malloy encourages residents to have an emergency supply kit and stock up on items such as water, flashlights and extra fuel.