Town of Putnam, CT
Windham County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Putnam) 3-3-1942 (C). Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 193-1 Purpose; compliance with authorities required; warning signals.

In order to further national defense and safeguard and protect life and property within the City of Putnam in case of enemy air raids or attacks or threatened air raids or attacks or for the purpose of trial blackouts or other trials or tests to prepare to meet such air raids or attacks, all persons within the City are required to comply with the rules, regulations and orders pertaining thereto by the Army, Navy or State Defense Council, or by any person or organization acting by lawful authority of them or any of them; provided, however, that warnings of the beginning and termination of the period of any such eventuality shall be given throughout the City by audible signals.

§ 193-2 Emergency authorities.

All police and firemen and all members of the auxiliary police and fire forces of the City are hereby authorized and directed to enforce blackout plans and defense measures and the rules, regulations and orders pertaining thereto during such periods and summarily to compel compliance therewith. In cases of immediate threat of enemy action, they may abate conditions dangerous to the public safety.

§ 193-3 Authority of Mayor.

The Mayor is authorized to establish, promulgate and enforce such local rules, regulations and orders with respect to such periods not inconsistent with the rules, regulations and orders referred to in § 193-1 hereof, as he shall deem necessary or appropriate to effect the spirit and intent of this chapter.

§ 193-4 Penalties for offenses.

Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter or, during any period of blackout and defense, any of the rules, regulations and orders pertaining thereto or who shall fail or refuse during any such period to comply with any instructions lawfully given by any police or fireman or any member of the auxiliary police or fire forces of the City, or who shall obstruct or interfere with any such officer in the performance of his duties shall be fined not exceeding $100 or imprisoned not more than two months, or both.

§ 193-5 Warning signal.

The public warning signal of air raids shall be a series of short, intermittent blasts of horns or sirens or both for a duration of six minutes; the "all clear" signal shall be two short strokes similar to the "all out" fire alarm signal of the Putnam Fire Department.

§ 193-6 Authorization to issue signal.

Such public signals shall be sounded by all persons having custody of said horns (sirens) upon instructions from the Chief Air Raid Warden or his deputy.
The Chief Air Raid Warden or his deputy shall issue the instructions for the sounding of the public air raid signals only upon orders from the Army or Navy received either directly from Army or Navy headquarters or received through the District Warning Center of the official Air Raid Warning System.

§ 193-7 Conduct upon sounding of signal.

After the sounding of the public warning signal and until the sounding of the "all clear" signal:
No person may travel upon, use, enter upon or remain upon any public highway or street, except persons upon active duty as members of the military forces, public officials, police officers, members of state and municipal services, members of civilian defense emergency services, and members of authorized transportation, plant protection, hospital and public utility services, and except persons whose presence upon the highways or streets is necessary on a mission directly connected with the public safety or who have been specifically authorized by the local or state police.
All persons not in the classifications listed in Subsection A shall immediately seek the nearest available shelter or cover and shall remain in such shelter or cover until the "all clear" signal has sounded.
The operators of all vehicles, except those required for use by persons in the classifications listed in Subsection A, shall immediately bring their vehicles to a stop as far as possible on the right-hand portion of the highway or street, shall turn off the engines of same, shall vacate same, leaving the doors unlocked, and shall seek shelter as required in Subsection B above.

§ 193-8 Nighttime restrictions.

Upon the sounding of the public warning signal during the night season and until the sounding of the "all clear," or upon the order of the Army or Navy without the sounding of the public warning signal and until the Army or Navy order shall have been lifted:
The lights of all buildings shall immediately be extinguished or completely obscured by the owners, operators, or tenants of such buildings so as not to be visible from outside such buildings, except that exterior exit lights of apartments, commercial buildings, factories, institutions, theaters and buildings used for public assembly may remain lighted if such lights are so shaded or shielded that no light source shall be visible from above the horizontal and provided that in the case of electric lighting no lamp shall emit more than a standard blackout lamp or a ten-watt inside frosted lamp.
The operators of all vehicles shall immediately stop and extinguish the lights of such vehicles, except that vehicles in use by persons in the classifications listed in § 193-7A shall be permitted to continue operation using an emergency identifying light of a type approved by the State Defense Council.
All streetlights, all traffic control and traffic warning signals, all exterior illuminated signs and displays, all exterior night lights and all interior night lights visible from the outside of buildings shall be immediately extinguished by the person or persons in control thereof.
The owners, operators, tenants or lessees of all exterior illuminated signs and displays and of all exterior night lights and all interior night lights visible from outside of buildings shall install accessible switches and shall be responsible for the extinguishment of all such lights, signs or displays.

§ 193-9 Fires, chimneys and furnaces.

All fires, chimneys, furnaces and other devices emitting light or steam shall be so shaded or shielded by the persons in control thereof that no evidence thereof shall be visible during a blackout. Adequate preparation for the control and obscuration of such light and steam shall be undertaken by such persons immediately upon the promulgation of these regulations.