I wish to thank the voters and citizens of Charlotte who voted at town meeting to approve the funds to install emergency generators at the Senior Center and the Town Office. As Selectman Fritz Tegatz and others explained at town meeting, two generators allow the Senior Center to function as a community resource center and warming shelter during times when storms take out the power.
The installation of the generator at the Town Office provides power so that the town’s administration functions can continue, and it insures that the septic system pumps that serve the Senior Center, the fire station and the Town Office will function when the power is out.
This investment in emergency power gives our town administrators, town clerks, and emergency service providers the capability to better serve the residents should we experience an extended power outage. Given the recent pattern of extreme weather events this investment is prudent and timely.
I wish to recognize this significant commitment to emergency preparedness and to say thank you! Together with the Selectboard, the road commissioner, the fire and rescue chiefs, and other local organizations, we are working together to revise and improve our town’s existing Emergency Operations Plan and installing these emergency power systems are a critical part of that effort.
The most recent winter storms missed this area but significantly impacted areas south of us. I urge everyone to work on being prepared to shelter in our homes for at least 72 hours in the event of a significant storm and/or power outage.
I am sharing a checklist that should be helpful. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me through the Fire Department at 425-3111 or at cvfrs.com.
Christopher W. Davis, Emergency Management Director and assistant chief, Charlotte Volunteer Fire Dept.