Editor's Note: Mayor Dan Drew just sent this letter to all city staff and has graciously allowed Middletown Patch to reprint it.
I’d like to recognize and thank all those who assisted in our shelter and storm response operation in the past few days.
We were very lucky that the storm didn’t cause any catastrophic damage. However, we had an incredible emergency response/sheltering and cleanup operation.
I cannot fully express my thanks and appreciation for the incredible hard work done under difficult conditions by so many of you.
Our public works crews were out all night clearing the streets. Middletown residents awoke this morning to clear roads because they ensured that the dozens of trees that feel did not block roads.
Our police, City of Middletown firefighters, Westfield, South Fire, and Hunters Ambulance responded to many calls for service for things as varied as medical calls to electrical fires to two structure fires—all while dealing with storm conditions.
Middletown’s superintendent Dr. Pat Charles, Associate Superintendent Enza Macri, and Marco Gaylord all spent many hours conferring with us and making decisions from within the emergency operations center.
Emergency management and our dedicated volunteers in that department set up our shelter on Sunday and were ready to care for shelterees from noon at Monday on. Our health department staff, board of education cafe service workers, nurses, and those of you who volunteered to staff the shelter did an incredible job caring for the public.
Water and sewer protected and cared for some of our most important infrastructure and parks was hard at work early today ensuring that debris was cleared.
Our emergency operations center was fully staffed with representatives from police, Middletown Fire, South Fire, Westfield Fire, Hunters Ambulance, Middletown schools, the health department, CL&P, water and sewer, public works, emergency management, and PIOs from each of the aforementioned fire departments and police.
The Democratic and Republican registrars both continued to register voters and the Town Clerk worked to ensure that absentee-ballotingwould run smoothly while also offering assistance to devastated shoreline towns.
I saw multiple people volunteer for shelter work or any other task needed by the city, and I saw many people juggling multiple tasks at once—from administrative to helping a citizen find something they needed in the shelter to explaining available services to residents by phone.
I saw people who were not mandated to report come in anyway and ask how they could help.
There were also many people who volunteered to work shifts that we cancelled after it became clear that our sheltering operation would end today, and I would like to thank them, also. Their immediate commitment to help enabled us to focus on providing emergency services rather than worrying about how we would staff the shelter.
Though we were spared the worst of the storm, we certainly had significant challenges to contend with. I can confidently say that the City of Middletown's response was extraordinary.
I’d also like to extend my appreciation to your spouses, children, and families for the sacrifices they made during this storm. I know from a personal standpoint that it certainly isn’t easy to leave your loved ones to carry out your responsibilities, but you and they responded to the call.
You are true public servants in every sense of the term, and I want you to know how much I appreciate your efforts and how proud I am of you and of our city.
Middletown Mayor Daniel Drew