CT Real Estate Barbara Altieri : July 2012

CT real estate REALTOR Barbara Altieri shares market and general information on towns in Fairfield County and New Haven County.

Hurricane Season in CT -- Are You Prepared?

 

Hurricane Season in CT -- Are You Prepared?


The other day started just like any other recently. Hot and sunny and temperatures in the high 80s to low 90s.  Then around 6 p.m. the skies quickly changed and it became dark as night.  The wind started whipping and a torrential downpour followed.


I immediately turned off my computer and unplugged it and also unplugged a few other items that were not on a power strip.  The lights started flickering, and I took out a few battery operated lanterns I had.  We don’t lose our power much but after the power fiascos here in CT last year …. Well, you just can’t be too sure anymore. 


Sure enough, we heard a sizzle, boom, and saw a flash of light.  Uh…oh….there goes the power.  Turned out to be a transformer that blew a few streets away.  Power was only out for 3 hours but that was enough for me.


I started thinking about hurricane season in CT which runs from June 1 to November 30.  The main threat period for Connecticut is from mid-August to mid-October. 


Since we are getting pretty close to that danger period, this is a good time to think about personal hurricane preparedness by making up a kit, a plan and keeping informed.


The following information is provided by the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.


Here are recommended items to include in a basic emergency supply kit:

  • One gallon of water per person/per day.  Plan for at least three days for drinking and sanitation.
  • A minimum of a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Pack a can opener if you're including cans. 
  • Battery-powered radio with extra batteries or a hand crank radio.
  • Flashlight(s) with extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • A whistle to use as a signal for help
  • Packaged moist wipes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers if needed to turn off utilities
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family emergency plan including emergency contact, who calls whom, where to meet if applicable, etc.
  • Each family member should save an emergency contact person as "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) in his/her cell phone. Emergency personnel check your ICE listings in order to get a hold of someone you know if you are in an accident. Be sure to tell your family and friends that you’ve listed them as emergency contacts.
  • Be sure each family member knows how to use text messaging. Text messages can usually get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through.
  • Subscribe to alert services. Many communities/states now have systems 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 go to www.ready.gov.

 

I really hope that there will be no need to use the above, but it makes good sense to Be prepared and Be SAFE!

  

 

Barbara Altieri, REALTOR®
Listing and Buyer's Agent
Certified Short Sales Specialist
RealtyQuest Real Estate Sales and Services Team

Kinard Realty Group
30 Huntington Street, Shelton CT 06484
Office -- 203.929.1752
Cell -- 203.520.6930
Email -- barbara.altieri@realtyquest.com

 

 

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