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!