As we learn of the potential of Hurricane Sandy approaching our state, it is critically important we stay informed and prepare in advance to keep our families and loved ones safe. I have already been in touch with with UI to be assured that they are prepared in case we experience power outages. Please check my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RepRose?ref=hl for storm and any power outage updates.
According to weather reports, the storm is threatening Connecticut and could be impacting us early next week. I beg everyone to monitor the storm’s path and do everything possible to take precautions, follow the state’s official’s advice and get ready.
Last year, I was appointed to join several of my colleagues on the Shoreline bipartisan task force to study and make legislative recommendations on storm impacts on homeowners and businesses on Connecticut’s shoreline. One of the most valuable lessons learned is the importance of being informed, prepared and alert in order to minimize potential damage.
Our governor has informed us that the state Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) is monitoring this storm very closely and is prepared to coordinate any potential state response. DEMHS is participating in National Weather Service conference calls to get the latest information on the storm’s track and is sending out regular updates to all municipalities and tribal nations.
We have been told that the DEMHS is also in communication with Connecticut Light and Power and United Illuminating regarding their planning and measures.
Following is a recommended Basic Emergency Supply Kit
- One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- A whistle to signal for help
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Can opener
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger.
Be sure to have and discuss a family emergency plan that includes out of town contacts and what to do in the event anyone gets separated. You should also subscribe to a system that will send instant text alerts or e-mails to let you know about severe weather, road closings, local emergencies, etc. In Connecticut, go to www.ct.gov/ctalert to register for alerts.
For more information on Hurricane Preparedness, visit ct.gov/hurricane.
Thank you and be safe. Representative Rose