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Staying Safe During Extreme Heat

Posted on August 6, 2018 by jpheasant


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With the increase in temperatures the National Weather Service issuing a heat advisory for the entire state, below are several ways to stay cool and safe during these warmer temperatures.

During extreme heat, the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) and Department of Public Health (DPH) recommend the following:

  1. Find air conditioning.
  • If your home does not have an A/C it is recommended you go to a shopping mall or public library.
  1. Go outside when its coolest.
  • Limit your outdoor activity to the morning and evening.
  1. Avoid strenuous activities.
  2. Wear light clothing and use sunscreen.
  • Use a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher.
  1. Check on family members and neighbors.
  2. Drink plenty of fluids.
  • It is recommended that you drink between 16-32oz./hr.  depending on the level of exercise and watch for heat cramps – exhaustion – stroke
  1. Check on family members and neighbors.
  2. Never leave people or pets in a closed car.
  • When the outside temperature is 80°
    • After 10 minutes the inside temp of a vehicle reaches 99°
    • After 20 minutes the inside temp of a vehicle reaches 109°
    • After 30 minutes the inside temp of a vehicle reaches 114°
    • After 60 minutes the inside temp of a vehicle reaches 123°

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Paving Project – Route 31 Coventry

Posted on August 3, 2018 by jpheasant


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The Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced they will be conducting a paving project on Route 31 in Coventry. Paving will start at the intersection of Rt. 275 and move up to Rt. 44.

The work is scheduled to take place on Monday, August 6th and is expected to take about a week to complete.

The regular work schedule for this project is 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Monday-Friday).

LANE CLOSURE INFO
Motorists can expect lane closures on Route 31 in Coventry from US 44 to Route 275. Traffic control personnel and signing patterns will be utilized to guide motorists through the work zone.

Motorists should be aware that modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to unforeseen conditions. Motorists should also be advised to maintain a safe speed when driving in this vicinity.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to me at Tim.Ackert@housegop.ct.gov or by calling (800) 240-8700. You can also follow my legislative activity on my website at www.RepAckert.com.

Two Crumbling Foundations Amendments Receive Passage at Federal Level

Posted on August 2, 2018 by jpheasant


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HARTFORD – On Tuesday, more than a dozen of my Republican colleagues in the House and Senate sent letters to the President of the United States, Senate Majority Leader, and House Speaker urging them to support three amendments from U.S. Senators Chris Murphy, Richard Blumenthal, and representatives John Larson and Joe Courtney that would provide assistance to those homeowners who have been affected by a crumbling foundation.

Wednesday we received word that two of the amendments we asked for passage received support.

House Amendment 292 to H.R. 3354 seeks to provide funding in the Community Development Block Grant program to examine the application of grant funds to mitigate and remediate the effects of pyrrhotite-related damage.

House Amendment 881 to H.R. 6147 seeks to provide funding for the U.S. Geological Survey to develop a map showing pyrrhotite occurrences across the United States. This would help to ensure residents of other states never have to grapple with this crisis in the future.

I want to thank Ben Carson, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, for visiting Connecticut in late May and getting a firsthand look at the issue that has affect many of our residents. This meeting has now opened the door on the federal level to help foster ongoing discussions and it is of vital importance that we continue to work alongside the current Republican administration in Washington D.C. in order to do all that we can to ensure this issue is resolved.

To view the letters click the links below: