Malloy: Take precautions now for coming blizzard
Be prepared, and take precautions now.
That's the advice of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for Connecticut residents as what is being called a "historic" blizzard heads toward the state on late Monday and Tuesday.
"Although storms can be unpredictable, this storm has the potential to have a significant impact on the state and we need to be prepared," Malloy said. "Just as the state is monitoring and preparing, the public should do the same."
Representatives of the state Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security are participating in National Weather Service conference calls to get the latest information on the storm's track and are sending out regular updates to all 169 municipalities — including Shelton — and the two tribal nations.
Entire fleet of state's plows ready
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) will have its entire fleet of snow plows, including 12 loader-mounted snow blowers, prepared to deploy.
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The residual road treatment from the previous weekend storm will help in the efforts to pretreat the roads, state DOT officials said.
What to stock, have ready
In order to be prepared for any type of emergency situation, state residents are advised to have an emergency supply kit and follow some basic preparedness tips.
Items to be included in the kit:
— One gallon of bottled water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
— At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food for you and your pet
— A three-day supply of prescription medication
— 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
— A whistle to signal for help
— Moist towelettes
— Plastic trash bags and ties for personal sanitation
— Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
— Manual can opener
— Local maps
— Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
— Extra fuel (stored in a safe container) for the power generator
Additional preparedness tips:
— In the event emergency travel is necessary, fill up your car with gas, check oil and windshield fluid levels
— Sign up for emergency alerts at www.ctalert.gov
— And always, check on your neighbor