Tuesday November 6th was the first full day of electricity we had since Hurricane Sandy blew through the area. Having turned on and up the heat and put away my massive Costco supply of paper plates, cups, and napkins, my household was basically back to normal. Still, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was missing something and then I realized what it was—Jayme Stevenson had not called me all day!
Since the approach of that Super Storm Sandy (personally, I have a more colorful name for that hurricane…), Darien’s First Selectman Jayme Stevenson has done an exceptionally good job at keeping Darien residents informed on pertinent information regarding first our safety and then our recovery and clean–up.
The content of Stevenson’s “Code Red” phone messages have definitely not always been what I wanted to hear—specifically the message reporting that we were in the worst part of the storm and all emergency crews were told to stay put because it was too dangerous to have them out saving people, as well as, all those messages letting me know that we were not going to get power until Tuesday 11/6 at 11:30 p.m. …
Despite their onerous content, the messages did help me feel more secure in my immediate safety during the storm and in the recovery progress being made in the days afterwards.
Although Hurricane Sandy was brutal, I am very grateful we as a town were lucky enough to not have experienced its full wrath and catastrophic aftermath as some nearby areas did. I am also very grateful that our first selectman did such a good job disseminating important information that helped us all better weather the storm.
Update: Wednesday 11/7, 10:30am. Jayme Stevenson just called to inform me about the next storm threatening our area... Apparently, this time mother nature is bringing us some more heavy winds and snow. I feel informed. I am also feel very wary that it is going to be a long, long winter... TTYL Jayme and, again, thank you.