Over the next few days it is important for CT residents including the residents of South Windsor to closely monitor the storm’s path and be prepared for severe weather conditions. We are in close contact with the emergency personnel for South Windsor and with state emergency management officials to monitor the storm and make preparations for necessary response.
While there are predictive models that allow us to assess the likelihood and possibilities of impact, it is important for all of our residents to be better prepared as the storms can also be unpredictable.
The Office of Governor Malloy and American Red Cross have urged Connecticut residents to begin their preparedness actions now in the event of an impact on Connecticut and in case local authorities issue evacuation orders.
We don’t know what impact Joaquin may ultimately bring to South Windsor, but there could be flooding or wind damage that would disrupt power and potentially force people to leave their homes. We want people to be ready to spend a few days without power or to be able to leave their homes quickly, if necessary.
UPDATE YOUR BASIC EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS 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
- Medications (7 day supply) and necessary medical items
- A whistle to signal for help
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities (Multipurpose tools)
- Copies of key personal documents
- Family and emergency contact information
- Extra cash
- Emergency Blanket
- Baby supplies (Bottles, formula, baby food, and diapers etc)
- Per supplies (Collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
- Extra set of car and house keys
- Rain gear
- Insect repellant
- Camera for photos of damage
- Can opener
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger.
PREPARE YOUR HOME:
- Close all windows and doors.
- Cover windows with storm shutters or plywood.
- Make trees more wind resistant by removing diseased and damaged limbs, then strategically removing branches so that wind can blow through.
- Strengthen garage doors and unreinforced masonry.
- Move or secure lawn furniture, outdoor decorations or ornaments, trash cans, hanging plants and anything else that can be picked up by wind and become a projectile.
PREPARE FOR POWER OUTAGE:
- Test Generator (Away form home and closed environment)
- Keep coolers, ice and digital thermometer on hand to help preserve your food.
- Have a full tank of gas in vehicle
- Have extra gas containers filled with gas
CREATE A FAMILY EVACUATION PLAN:
- Use local maps and identify alternate evacuation routes from home, work and/or school. -Include your pets in your evacuation plan. If it is not safe for you, it is not safe for them. -Develop a family communication plan by identifying an out-of-area contact person that family members and friends can call if you are separated from one another.
- Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and has a cell phone, coins, or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact. If you have a cell phone, program that person(s) as “ICE” (In Case of Emergency) in your phone. If you are in an accident, emergency personnel will often check your ICE listings in order to get a hold of someone you know. Make sure to tell your family and friends that you’ve listed them as emergency contacts.
- Teach family members how to use text messaging. Text messages can often 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. Watch TV, listen to AM/FM or NOAA weather radio and check the Internet often for official news. In Connecticut, click here to register for alerts.
- Please check on your neighbors who you know may need special help.
EVACUATION IMPLMENTATION WHEN NEEDED:
- If you need to evacuate, do so immediately.
- Follow the direction of local authorities on which routes to take, which evacuation shelters to seek, and other important advice.
- To locate the nearest Red Cross emergency shelter, check your hurricane app or visit http://www.redcross.org/shelter.
- If you do not have Internet access, call the Connecticut chapter at (877) 287-3327 for information.
- Keep listening for updates, as the intensity and the path of the hurricane can change quickly, and without notice.
- Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flooded road, turn around and go another way.
- If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. The floodwaters may still be rising, and most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
DOWNLOAD AMERICAN REDCROSS HURRICANE APP:
The hurricane app sends location-based weather alerts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It includes tips on how assemble an emergency kit for your family in the event of a power outage or evacuation, an “I’m Safe” button to let loved ones know you are okay, and a real-time map to help you find the location of Red Cross shelters should you need to leave your home. The hurricane app also includes a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light and alarm. The app has a Spanish language toggle switch and can be downloaded by visitingredcross.org/apps
Click here for more on the Red Cross App.
You can also follow the local Red Cross on Twitter at@CTRedCross contact us at at 1-877-287-3327, visitredcross.org/ct or call 1-800-REDCROSS
NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER:
Click here for more from the National Hurricane Center
SOUTH WINDSOR TOWN WEBSITE:
Click here for more on our the Town of South Windsor website.
I want to thank you all in advance for helping to prepare yourselves and our community.