The National Hurricane Center is predicting a busy storm season in the Atlantic and that means it’s time for Ridgefielders to update their family and business storm plans. At a minimum, the plans should include registration for CT Alert notifications, stocking up on enough provisions to shelter in place for five days without utilities, and preparation of a customized go-kit for each family member including pets.
For great information on family and business storm preparation go to ridgefieldct.org, ready.gov or nws.noaa.gov/om/hurricane/plan.shtml. It is especially important that residents sign up for CT Alert — the system used by town emergency officials to keep you informed on all matters during serious emergency or disaster situations. It’s easy. Just go to the town website and click on the CT Alert icon. Situation awareness is your most important safety strategy. Keep track of developing weather systems through your favorite news channel. And listen for alerts from Ridgefield Emergency Management. Prepare well in advance. Don’t wait until the last minute to stock up on nonperishable food, water, meds, batteries, and fresh generator fuel. (Avoid the use of candles; use battery operated lanterns instead).