Thank You Jayme Stevenson For Keeping Us Informed

Darien’s First Selectman Jayme Stevenson did an exceptionally good job at keeping Darien residents informed on pertinent information regarding first our safety and then our recovery and clean–up.

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.

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Chris B. November 07, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Funny, I called Town Hall on Tuesday and got an answering machine with no information on the emergency whatsoever. I saw no efforts by local authorities to close or mark dangerous roads for days. The only activity was on the part of CL&P, not the Town. I saw plenty of Jayme on TV in the hotel in the Linda ads, tho.
Carolyn B November 07, 2012 at 04:57 PM
I completely agree with Andrea. I think Jayme did an awesome job through a very rough week. It's very hard - if not impossible - to keep everyone happy, but she most certainly kept everyone informed. We got a good chuckle when we were with another couple on Friday evening, and all 4 of our cell phones chimed in quick succession. "It's Jayme!!" Thanks for everything.
Andrea Cragin November 07, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Getting an answering machine on Tuesday when you called Town Hall seeking information must have been very frustrating Chris B. If you had signed up for Darien's Emergency Notification System's alerts you would have been able to receive all the important information like I did (including, I believe, that Town Hall would be closed on Tuesday due to the Hurricane). You can sign up at the link on Darien's town website: http://www.darienct.gov . The Code Red alert phone messages can be sent to your home phone and/or your cell phone. Cell phone alerts seem to be the most efficient way (although we have both home and cell signed up) since power outages can render the house phone inoperable and cell phone messages can reach you wherever you are. There is even a free app for iPhones and Droids you can download.
Chris B. November 08, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Thanks, Andrea. I only had a cell phone after Monday. I even went to Town Hall to look for info, but it was shut, with no notices. I found the shelter at DHS more or less by accident. I do not mean to belittle the hardships of others. Certainly my experience was in the storm was not as bad as most. But building capacity response to emergencies in Darien has been a long, slow process.
doesedare January 04, 2013 at 08:48 PM
Why did we get a "Code RED" tel call from Darien police Christmas morning? -- (with NO message other than the CODE RED! Was it a mistake? Were we under attack? Did things - ah-hem - become disabled? Just what the hell was it...?


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