RIDGEFIELD, CT, JUNE 15, 2020: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) reports that this year\u2019s hurricane season (June 1 through November 30) will be an active one. This, coming on the heels of the ongoing pandemic changes the way residents need to prepare. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) from the Ridgefield Office of Emergency Management (OEM) recommends that the community gets ready by making a preparedness plan. This includes replacing supplies depleted during the pandemic and gathering enough supplies to last an extended period should we experience a serious weather event in Ridgefield. Please note the following information: \u00a0 Due to the pandemic, Regional Red Cross Shelters, of which Ridgefield is one, will not be able to handle the normal amount of people who might need sheltering. Residents should plan to be self-sufficient and shelter in place for the first 72 to 96 hours. \u00a0 Your emergency plan should include one gallon of water per person per day for 7 to 14 days; non-perishable and easy to prepare food for 7 to 14 days; and medications, pet supplies, portable radio, lantern, extra batteries, an extra phone charger, cash on hand, and a full tank of gas. \u00a0 Have a \u201cgo bag\u201d ready if there is a need to evacuate. This year, due to Covid-19, it is advised to include hand sanitizer, mask, gloves, and toilet paper. While shelter availability will be very limited and restricted, you still need to make a plan in case you have to evacuate in a hurry. Remember to update your go bag, especially outdated medications. Keep a photo record on your phone of important documents ie, license, insurance, prescription, passport, deeds etc. \u00a0 Make a family plan: Where will you meet if you are separated? Have an out of town contact person who can update family members and share information. \u00a0 Make a pet plan: Have pet needs including rabies certificates in case of evacuation. \u00a0 Be house ready. Trim trees and shrubs and assess other potential hazards around your home. Have generators inspected and make sure those that are portable are used in a safe location\u2014away from the house. Check your manufacturer\u2019s directions. \u00a0 To stay safe and informed during this hurricane\/pandemic season, keep this information handy: Register at www.CTAlert.gov to get local emergency notifications. Follow our local Office of Emergency Management communications: \u00a0 Twitter @Ridgefield OEM, Facebook: Ridgefield Office of Emergency Management page. \u00a0 Town of Ridgefield website: www.ridgefieldct.org and on Facebook: Town of Ridgefield \u00a0 Monitor local radio stations: 850AM-WREF; 800AM-WLAD, 880AM-WCBS, 98.3FM-WDAQ, 95.1FM-WRK1. \u00a0 Have important phone numbers readily available including Eversource to report power outages: (800)286-2000. To learn more about how to prepare your home, your family and your community go to: www.ready.gov website or follow ready.gov page on Facebook; www.redcross.org website or follow American Red Cross Facebook page. Ridgefield is ready for this year\u2019s hurricane season. Now is the time to make sure that you and your family are ready too. This article was provided by Ridgefield\u2019s Office of Emergency Management.