Disaster preparedness is no longer just for areas prone to earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes. When an event such as the severe weather we recently experienced hits all bets are off. You may need to survive on your own after a disaster, meaning having enough of your own food, water, and other supplies to last for at least 3 days. Local emergency personnel, officials, and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. Help could be there in hours, or it might take days. Basic services like electricity, gas, water, and phones may be cut off and you may need to evacuate to a local shelter. This is when your personal Disaster Supply Kit is important and invaluable. It’s basic, easy to assemble and prepare. Orange CERT offers you some guidance on putting one together and where to keep it.
What is the kit? It’s a collection of basic items that members of you and your family may need in the event of a disaster. Below is the basic list to assist you.
Three-day supply of non-perishable food, per person, per day.
Three-day supply of water-one gallon per person, per day.
Portable, battery powered radio or television and extra batteries.
Flashlight and extra batteries.
First aid kit and manual.
Sanitation and hygiene items (moist towelettes and toilet paper).
Matches and waterproof container.
Whistle (this will help to Alert your location to emergency personnel) if needed.
Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils, including a manual can opener.
Photocopies of credit and identification cards.
Cash and coins.
Special needs items, such as prescription medications, eye glasses, contact lens solutions, and hearing aid batteries.
Items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles, and pacifiers.
Items for your pets, such as food, water, leash, medications.
Other items to meet your unique family needs.
Keep all your items in an air-tight, waterproof easy-to-carry container, such as a storage bin or rubber/plastic trash can, in an easy to reach designated location to have ready quickly. Make sure all family members know where it is kept.
Once you’ve assembled and placed your kit in that location, there is something you must remember to do. Check it periodically. Replace any damaged items or expired food items. Change stored water and food every 6 months. It’s a good idea to re-think your needs each year and update your kit as your family needs change.
Fair warning for Orange residents who frequent Old Grassy Hill Road for their daily travel.
On Friday, signs were posted on Old Grassy Hill Road for road closure to allow for necessary utility work beginning Monday, June 8.
Map out your alternate routes to work, school, the parkway, etc. now so you’re not taken by surprise.
A Blizzard Warning remains in effect from 1 p.m. Monday to Midnight Tuesday night.
Expect heavy, blowing snow with blizzard conditions, snowfall rates of 2 to 4 inches per hour with a total accumulation of 20-30 inches, late Monday night into Tuesday morning. Visibility of 1/4 mile or less at times.
Northerly winds of 30-40 mph with gusts of 55-65 mph. Temperatures in the lower 20s.
Light snowfall will begin Monday morning with accumulations of 1 to 3 inches possibly by the evening rush. Snow will pick up in intensity Monday evening with the heaviest snow and strongest winds from about midnight Monday into Tuesday afternoon.
Life threatening conditions and extremely dangerous travel due to heavy snowfall and strong winds with whiteout conditions. Secondary and tertiary roads may become impassable.
Strong winds may down power lines and tree limbs. Snow drifts could be 4-6 feet.
Do not travel. If you MUST travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. All unnecessary travel is discouraged beginning Monday afternoon to allow people already on the road to safely reach their destinations before the heaviest snow begins and to allow snow removal equipment to clear roads.
“Anything Goes,” “Do I Love You?” “Don’t Fence Me In,” “Be A Clown,” “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “It’s De-Lovely,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “My Heart Belong To Daddy.”
Auditions will be held on Thursday, March 27th from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road (Rt 152), Orange, CT.
Please come prepared with a song of your choice.
The show will be May 16, 17, & 18th, 2014
For information contact TJ Chila @ 203-878-9281
Brace yourselves, here’s the latest from our Meteorologist Kevin Arnone.
Lets get right down to business and skip all theweather model talk.
Snow will begin 2-4 a.m. Thursday morning. Flurries possible as early as midnight. By the time most of us wake up 7-9 a.m. expect 2-4 inches on the ground.
As the storm center approaches closer during the afternoon on Thursday warmer air will come with it.
The SE corner of the State and possibly parts of the immediate shoreline will turn over to a mix; this is because the winds will be coming off the Atlantic Ocean and warm up the surface.
The exact timing of this is still up in the air but a rough estimate will be between 12-5 p.m. By the time the switch over occurs most of the state will have 3-6 inches on the ground exception being SE CT, 2-4 for you guys.
The rain/snow line will try and push NW during the afternoon, but (AS OF NOW) I believe the cold air will win out for the rest of the state and stay as an all snow event.
I am expecting a break in the action from 5-8 p.m., very light precip or nothing at all in some locations. Even though some of us may switch over to a mix briefly, a second burst of snow 8-10 p.m. we are all back to snow again for the remainder of the storm.
An additional 3-6 inches will fall in this second burst for inland areas. Shore and SE CT will be towards the lower end of that!
Snow will continue through the night and end 4-7 a.m. Friday morning.
The chance of flurries and blowing snow will continue through Friday morning. I expect schools to be closed both Thursday and Friday!
I also want to point out that this is a prettypowerful storm; winds gusts will be between 35-45 MPH. Also add on the fact that the snow will be very heavy. It could be a recipe for many power outages.
Meteorologist Kevin Arnone is updating information regarding Hurricane Sandy as it comes in. Keep checking back for the latest news by clicking on the “WEATHER” tab at the top of our page throughout the day.
Updates are in RED
Category 1 Storm moving NW at 12 mph just north of the Bahamas warm water. Current sustained winds at 80 mph and gusts of 90 mph and pressure at 968 mb.
Some Weather Model Talk:
The European Computer model or “ECMWF” which has been the most consistent over the past few days concerning Sandy hasn’t changed much from the 12z run. As of the latest run 00Z Friday now has the strong storm first making landfall south of Delaware, worst weather early Monday and throughout the afternoon. Still a very ugly situation for CT but not the worst case. The GFS Computer model, which has been all over the place concerning Sandy, now is beginning to shape up. Earlier in the week the GFS had Sandy way out to see but the latest 00z run brings the center of the storm around the NY/CT boarder. Worst weather would be Tuesday into Tuesday Night. Sandy is a well-organized, big and strong CAT 1 storm right now which is forecasted consistently by both models to hold its strength up the eastern seaboard. As it moves north Sandy will grow in size. Getting caught up in the category of a hurricane is sometimes a waste of time in my eyes because there are so many other factors that go in to the actual strength of the storm other then wind. Example being size and how fast it’s moving as well as just the dynamics of the storm. For what it’s worth I also have been studying the NOGAPS Model which is the United States Navy Model. This one is along the same lines as the ECMWF Model. The latest 00Z Friday NAM model is beginning to agree with the GFS.