The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization run by volunteers that provides relief to victims of…More disaster and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. The Red Cross office on Broad Street in Middletown is the main office for the Middlesex/Central Connecticut chapter, which has branch offices in New Britain and Old Saybrook.
This chapter has operated a transportation service for the elderly and disabled since the early 1970s. For $1.50, the Red Cross provides transportation to elderly or disabled people living in Middletown, Middlefield, Durham, Portland and East Hampton within the five-town area. In 2008, the agency made more than 35,000 trips for employment, medical appointments, social and recreational visits, nutritional programs, shopping trips and more.
This chapter also has a family shelter program that provides relief and shelter and active case management for as many as 75 homeless families annually. The program consists of seven two-bedroom apartments in duplex buildings in a quiet neighborhood in Middletown.
A transitional housing program gives some families up to one year to acquire the skills to build themselves a stable, permanent and safe home environment. A Beyond Shelter Program launched in 2007 provides continued case management for these families and individuals.
This large office building off Exit 20 on I-91 serves as headquarters for the Public Safety…More Department's three main divisions: the Connecticut State Police; scientific services; and fire, emergency and building services. It also houses centralized communications for the entire state police department.
Administrative offices for the commissioner of public safety and the deputy commissioner are here. Three commanders who oversee the Connecticut State Police work in one of three district offices in Litchfield, Meriden and Norwich; troopers are assigned to 12 locations around the state.
The division of scientific services oversees state laboratories for forensics, toxicology and controlled substances, computer crime, electronic evidence and crime-scene reconstruction.
The division of fire, emergency and building services oversees building and fire safety, telecommunications, education and training and data management. It includes the Office of State Fire Marshal, the Office of State Building Inspector, the Office of Statewide Emergency Telecommunications and the Office of Education and Data Management.
This division oversees the safety and inspections of state buildings, licensing and permits, and technical training and education in all related fields. It conducts field inspections and provides technical assistance to local building and fire code officials, elected officials and the general public. It supervises fire and arson investigations, inspections of carnivals, amusement parks and circuses, hazardous materials, explosives and demolitions, crane operations, ski lifts and elevators.