MANCHESTER, Conn.—Local officials have stepped up their checks of the elderly and at-risk residents following last week's fierce October storm.
The Journal Inquirer of Manchester reports ( http://bit.ly/rAiDV5) that Windsor Police spokesman Capt. Thomas LePore said police responded to 73 so-called welfare checks between last Sunday when the storm ended and Wednesday. He says most of the calls were from individuals who could not reach friends or relatives by phone.
Michael Purcaro, Vernon's emergency management director, says the town compiled an electronic database of those who register at the shelter. The information is shared in confidence with local police to help avoid unnecessary home visits.
John Littell, Tolland's fire chief and emergency management director, says the town has been monitoring senior housing and residential care facilities.
He says officials have done about 75 to 100 welfare checks.
Information from: Journal Inquirer, http://www.journalinquirer.com