Be Prepared for Henri— Bread And Milk Aren’t All You Need

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Aug 212021

Hurricane Henri is expected to hit CT tomorrow afternoon at around 2 p.m. Make a list and hit the stores today before all of the panic shoppers clog the check out stands.

What to Plan For

You’ll need to plan for two situations: Remaining in your home after a disaster or evacuating to a safer location.

Have a three-day supply of food and water on hand — plan for one gallon of water per person per day and food that won’t spoil.

Keep a manual can opener and emergency tools including a fire extinguisher, battery-powered radio, flashlight and plenty of batteries.

Don’t forget to fill your gas tank. If the power goes out, the pumps won’t work.

Charge your computer and cell phone, if you have an external phone charger, be sure that that is fully charged as well.

Disaster Supply Checklist

Be sure to gather the following items to ensure your family’s basic comfort and well-being in case of evacuation.

  • Cash — Banks and ATMs may not be open or available for extended periods.
  • Water — at least one gallon per person per day for three to seven days, plus water for pets.
  • Food — at least enough for three to seven days, including: Non-perishable packaged or canned food and juices, food for infants and the elderly, snack food, non-electric can opener, vitamins, paper plates, plastic utensils.
  • Radio — battery powered and NOAA weather radio with extra batteries.
  • Blankets, pillows etc.
  • Clothing — seasonal, rain gear/ sturdy shoes.
  • First Aid Kit — plus medicines, prescription drugs.
  • Special items — for babies and the elderly.
  • Toiletries — hygiene items, moisture wipes, sanitizer.
  • Flashlight and batteries.
  • Keys.
  • Toys, books, games.
  • Pet care items, proper identification, immunization records, ample food and water, medicine, a carrier or cage, leash.

Store important documents in a fire and water proof container.

  • Insurance papers
  • Medical records
  • Bank account numbers
  • Social Security cards
  • Deeds or mortgages
  • Birth and marriage certificates
  • Stocks and bonds
  • Recent tax returns
  • Wills

Keep Your Kit Fresh

Remember to replace stored food and water every six months, keep a supply of fresh batteries on hand and keep your most important up-to-date family papers in a fire and water proof container.

The Importance of Water

Stocking an emergency water supply should be one of your top priorities so you will have enough water on hand for yourself and your family.

While individual needs will vary depending on age, physical condition, activity, diet and climate, a normally active person needs at least two quarts of drinking water daily. Children, nursing mothers and people who are ill need more water.

Very hot temperatures can also double the amount of water needed. Because you will also need water for sanitary purposes, and possibly for cooking, you should store at least one gallon of water per person per day.

When storing water, use thoroughly washed plastic, fiberglass or enamel-lined containers. Don’t use containers that can break, such as glass bottles. Never use a container that has held toxic substances. Camping supply stores offer a variety of appropriate containers.

Plastic containers, like soda bottles, are best. Seal your water containers tightly, label them and store them in a cool, dark place. It is important to change stored water every six months.


From Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc (FLASH)

Orange Prepares For Hurricane Season

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Jun 202013

The Emergency Management Team meets at the Orange PD for a mock drill.

The Emergency Management Team meets at the Orange PD for a mock drill.

The Orange Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was open Thursday, June 20, as representatives from the Police, fire, highway, and health departments, OVNA, UI, CERT and Emergency Management team all came together at the Orange Police Department to take part in a realistic statewide drill.

The exercise involved every city and town in Connecticut.

The scenario this week was a hurricane bearing down on Connecticut.

Each EOC took directions from the state, receiving updates, and localized information in real time.

Just like last year’s practice drill in July, the group went through the motions as if this was a real emergency.

On a pull down video screen, the entire room could see everything that was posted on the computer, including incoming e-mail and what level of preparedness different areas of the state were under at any given time.

Everyone discussed different options, evacuation plans, strike team organization and other necessary information as each became pertinent to the operation.

The purpose of the exercise was to ensure that every community in CT was prepared to jump into action if a disaster struck.

Orange had an excellent program in place during Hurricane Irene in August 2011, which hit land as a tropical storm, but still took down hundreds of trees all around town and left some residents in the dark for more than a week. That program, which includes strike teams and inter-departmental cooperation worked so well that it carried through to subsequent storms.

Orange also has a large trailer for animals that visit the shelter during a storm. The trailer can be transported to any other city or town if its shelter is open and they are in dire need of a place for pets. Many residents brought their four legged companions with them during last year’s storms and everyone was well taken care of.


The most important thing that residents can do is prepare themselves to be self sufficient for 7-10 days or longer. The emergency shelter at High Plains will be open but it won’t do you any good if you can’t get out of your house or neighborhood due to dangerous conditions.

Since Hurricane Season has already begun, now is as good a time as any to put a survival kit together.

Purchase a large plastic tote container that will keep everything dry in the event of flooding.

Start packing it now, little by little with canned goods, and a can opener (very important), a first aid kit, sunscreen, disposable utensils and paper plates, 2 or 3 working flashlights with spare batteries, a wind up or battery operated radio with spare batteries, protein rich snacks like nuts to keep you full in the event that you are stranded for a long time. Non perishable items, at least one gallon of water per person per day. Be sure to have food and water for your pets too.

Fill your bath tub with water, not for bathing, but so that you can flush your toilet if water supply is interrupted.

Fill your propane tank for a gas grill for cooking.

Get a generator before they all sell out. Have it installed by a licensed electrician and do not run it inside the house or near vents or open windows.

If anyone in your home relies on electrical medical equipment such as an oxygen machine you should invest in a generator. Notify the UI and VNA before the storm arrives so they are aware of your situation.

Don’t forget to take cash out of the bank ahead of time. The ATMs at your bank will not work if there is no power.