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Sandy Closes Brookfield Schools Monday, Tuesday

Brookfield public schools will be closed during the incoming Hurricane Sandy.

Current weather forecasts predict that Hurricane Sandy will bring damaging winds and heavy rain that will result in unsafe travel conditions over a 36-hour period, prompting Brookfield Public Schools to close on Monday, October 29 and Tuesday, October 30.

Superintendent Anthony Bivona said Sunday that the school district will continue to work closely with the town's emergency management team and update residents based on the latest information through the following informational resources:

  • Notification via television stations- WFSB Channel 3, WVIT NBC30 Channel 6, WTNH Channel 8, Radio Stations 95.1, 98.3, WLAD 800AM
  • Notification posted on the Brookfield Public Schools website (www.brookfieldps.org)
  • Automated phone call via the "School-Reach" system to all parents, faculty and staff.
  • Notification by recorded message on the Brookfield Public Schools main voicemail system
  • Notification via E-news
  • Go to the Town website at www.brookfieldct.gov for further information and to www.ctalert.gov to register to receive emergency notifications from State and Town agencies.

Please note that these means of communication will be utilized providing there is no disruption of internet and/or phone services.

Michael E Miracle October 28, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Does Brookfield have an Emergency Plan??? I just checked the town web site and found nothing. Where are the town officials? All communication appears to come from the Superintendent of Schools. Is Brookfield positioning itself for a repeat of last year's fiasco??
michael delvalle October 28, 2012 at 08:56 PM
No emergency notification if there's a disruption of the internet and or phone services ? No back up plan as of yet , again this year ? In my opinion , how about fit a 15 watt transmitter , antenna , a couple of car batteries into our new emergency response vehicle . Then broadcast via an A.M. station . All of Brookfield would then be notifed in an emergency . I hope I don't loose power like last year for 9 days . Thanks again to the staff at Brookfield high for their help last year, and also to the lineman who helped restore our power .
Rob Gianazza October 28, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Mike, it is totally appropriate for Mr. Bivona to speak for the schools and not the town. Are you asking if the Brookfield Schools have an emergency plan? Yes they do. There are several plans concerning evacuation in response to most anticipated scenarios. They may not be posted on the website, but I can assure you they exist. Please make an appointment with the Superintendents Office to follow up if you have concerns. Brookfield High School served the community last year during the emergency. They have generators, potable water and sanitation facilities. What fiasco are you attributing to Brookfield Schools? Surely the schools aren't responsible for the storm or power failures? The Superintendent has always placed the highest degree of concern for the safety of the students and staff first and foremost.
Concerned Brookfield Citizen October 28, 2012 at 09:30 PM
If you wanted the town to own a radio station, why didn't you ask that to be added to the budget last year? Oh yeah, please remember that the long power outages was due to the nature of the storm & the response time of a private company that may respond to requests by the local governments but is not required to listen to those requests. Do you have any specific recommendations to rectifiy that?
Ron Jaffe October 28, 2012 at 11:10 PM
In fact, the town currently has a link on it's home page for storm updates, and anyone who has subscribed to the Town News mailing list will have already received notification and will continue to receive updated.
Michael E Miracle October 28, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Rob, get off your ex-school defense and carefully read my post. You've missed the.. I applaud the Superintendent for HIS decision making and communication. However, he is the person doing so. Where are our elected officials???? Where is the TOWN's emergency plan??? The person(s) I should be making an appointment with is the first selection and whoever (if there is someone) coordinating Brookfield's emerency plan if there is one...
Michael E Miracle October 29, 2012 at 12:09 AM
I apologize for my second post.... My fingers can't keep up. Corrections(IN caps): Get off your ex-school BOARD defense.. Rob, you missed the POINT. However, he is the ONLY person doing so.
Michael E Miracle October 29, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Works great till power and cable go out.
Michael E Miracle October 29, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Concerned Citizen... If you're so concerned why don't you grow a pair and put your name on your post???.
Ken October 29, 2012 at 12:46 AM
We got a reverse 911 call about the town's emergency preparedness. Other people I know also got the same call. You should have gotten the same call. Check your voice mail on your home phone there should be a message if you were out when the town wide notification went out. If you only have a cell or email and no land line with a public number then you have to register to get emergency notifications.
Michael E Miracle October 29, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Ken, since you have information that I don't, could give me give me some help on how to get on the emergency notification registry for Brookfield. I've gone to the town web site, nothing. I'd appreciate it. As an aside is there some reason (maybe you know) why the same info couldn't be posted on the town's site. Thx for you assist...
Interetsted Party October 29, 2012 at 01:51 AM
What about Town Hall for Monday and Tuesday.
Kevin O'Connor October 29, 2012 at 02:00 AM
..There is a link on every page of the town's website to CT Alert. Brookfield is a participating member of the program. To save you time, here's the link: http://www.ct.gov/ctalert/site/default.asp
Rob Gianazza October 29, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Mike, the headline is about Brookfield Schools, NOT the Town of Brookfield. They are not interchangeable. Mr. Davidson doesn't speak for the schools and Mr. Bivona doesn't speak for the Town.
Rob Gianazza October 29, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Try brookfieldct.gov. This article is about the schools.
Michael E Miracle October 29, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Kevin: thx and my apology . I obviously did not go to that link. Went to the "Prepared" and found little of use. Interested Party (Another no name wonder): I have no idea what you're talking about. Rob: I'll attempt to explain the next time I see you. It's not that hard. Irony is lost...

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