DARIEN, Conn. – Darien faces the prospect of as many 20 named storms slicing through the area this hurricane season, and First Selectman Jayme Stevenson is urging residents to prepare.
“Today, I join Governor Malloy in reminding Darien residents that the Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 and residents should be mindful of preparedness measures,” Stevenson said in a statement Wednesday. “Although Super Storm Sandy affected Connecticut last year on October 29, the principal threat period for Connecticut is from mid-August through mid-October.”
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, of the 13 to 20 named storms that could hit the area this season, seven to 11 of them could become hurricanes and three to six of those could become major hurricanes.
On average, the region typically faces about 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes.
“I urge residents to know what potential risks your community and neighborhood may face, such as storm surge, flooding, road or bridge closures,” said Malloy. “Personal preparedness is essential.”
Stevenson said that residents should create a basic emergency supply kit that includes:
- 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
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- A whistle to signal for help
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
Additionally, she urges residents to sign up for the town’s Code Red notification system, and identify an out-of-town contact to help with communication if family members become separated.
Residents also should have cell phones for all family members and either coins or prepaid phone cards in case a cell phone – or cell towers – are not functioning. All family members should have all “in case of emergency” phone numbers, and those members also should learn to send text messages.
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