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Joan Hartley

An Independent Voice

Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane Florence is predicted to make landfall on the southern east coast of the United States in the coming days; it just as easily could have veered north and made landfall in New Jersey, New York or Connecticut, bringing damaging high winds and torrential, flooding rains to your neighborhood.

Connecticut has a long history of deadly and damaging hurricane strikes, from unnamed hurricanes in the 1800s and early 1900s to Hurricane Carol in 1954 to Donna in 1960, Gloria in 1985 and Bob in 1991. Connecticut sees a hurricane make landfall on average every 16 years, and most hit us in mid-September.

coastal storm

Here's what you can do to be prepared in the event of an approaching hurricane:

  • Review your insurance policy.
  • Learn locations of official shelters.
  • Frequently listen to radio, TV or NOAA Weather Radio for official bulletins on the storm's progress.
  • Fuel and service your family vehicles.
  • Ensure you have extra cash on hand.
  • Buy food that will keep, and store drinking water.
  • Prepare to cover all windows and doors with shutters or other shielding materials.
  • Check batteries and stock up on first aid supplies and medications.
  • Bring in lightweight, outdoor objects such as garbage cans, garden tools, toys and lawn furniture.
  • Trim trees and shrubbery so branches don't fly into your home.
  • Clear clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
  • Decide where to move your boat.
  • Determine safe evacuation routes inland.
  • Notify neighbors and a family member outside the area of your evacuation plans.
  • Take pets with you if possible, but remember, most public shelters do not allow pets other than those used by people with disabilities.

For more information, download NOAA's preparedness guide for tropical cyclones and visit their Storm Prediction Center.

Get the Emergency Alert App for Your Smart Phone!

From Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy to the Halloween nor'easter and this year's tornado, over the past few years, Connecticut has experienced its fair share of extreme weather. That's why I am urging all of my constituents to take advantage of the new "CT Prepares" application for your smart phone that provides you with information and alerts in emergency situations, and also helps you prepare in advance of an emergency.

CT Prepares

The app can be downloaded for free from the iTunes Apple Store for Apple devices and Google Play for Android devices by searching the keyword "CT Prepares." Once downloaded, "CT Prepares" will issue alerts for severe weather and other emergency situations.

The app incorporates and integrates text messaging, email, and social networking, allowing you to communicate with family members during an emergency. Real-Time notifications including emergency news, state office closings, and public safety messages can be sent directly to your device, providing up-to-the-minute information for residents.

"CT Prepares" allows you to:

  • View real-time alerts
  • View National Weather Service forecasts for you current location
  • Access news and events from the Connecticut Emergency Management Agency
  • Review preparation guides for different emergency situations
  • Get in touch with a variety of emergency services
  • Send an "I'm Safe" email message to your contacts via, text, email and social media