Residents told to prepare for severe weather as hurricane season begins

With the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season beginning Monday, Connecticut residents are being reminded to be prepared for any severe weather that may impact the state.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, with the principal threat period for Connecticut occurring between mid-August and mid-October.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said preparation is key. “As we have experienced, it only takes one hurricane or tropical storm to make landfall to have a devastating impact on our state,” he said.

“Now is the time to prepare,” Malloy said. “I urge residents to take three simple preparedness steps: Get a kit, make a plan, and stay informed. These three steps will allow you to become more resilient to any storm or emergency you may face.”

Monitor weather reports

Dora B. Schriro, state emergency services and public protection commissioner Dora B. Schriro, said people should become familiar with the potential risks their town and neighborhood may face, such as storm surge, flooding, and road or bridge closures.

“If a storm is approaching your area, carefully monitor weather reports and follow all of the instructions provided by public safety officials,” Schriro said.

Emergency kits and family plan

The state offered the following preparedness tips:

Items to include in a basic emergency supply 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

— A whistle to signal for help

— Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

— Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

— A manual can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)

— Local maps

— Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

Create a family emergency plan

— Identify an out-of town contact. It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.

— 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. Go to to register for emergency alerts.

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