Preparing for “The Big One”

With the wounds still healing from both hurricane sandy and Tropical Storm Irene people in Connecticut naturally are very sensitive to bad storms coming in while we don’t think that it’s time to get sand bags most emergency management officials feel now is the time to start thinking about what you’re going to do if the next big one comes.

Wayne Sandford, Professor of Emergency Management at UNH, “We’re given five days to think about this and prepare for it and we need to use that time wisely.”

So should you head to the store to get all the milk, bread, and eggs?

“I don’t think it’s time to run out and buy that gallon of milk and the loaf of bread yet but I think it’s a really good chance for us to look at our family plans, know where we live, if we live in a flood zone or an area that floods, what are you plans.”

Assistant Fire Chief, East Haven Fire Department “We have a planning meeting tomorrow morning at 10:30 over at the town hall with our staff, members of the police department and other public service staffs. We’ll start to go over the perliminary preperations for the storm. And then we’ll meet periodically after that depending on the weather information we’re getting. In most cases if it goes the way we hope it will go we won’t be necessarily utilizing that equipment but we’ll have it.”

And the most important thing you can have is an emergency preparedness kit.

Alicia Hanke, Health Educator/Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, “So the five most important things to have in your emergency supply kit. The first one would be water, for drinking and sanitation reasons, the second one would be a food supply, the third one would be a means to stay informed so a radio, having a way to get lighting. So having a flashlight or other means to get lighting and having the things you need to keep it working. So the batteries as well. And the fifth is having your medications that you need so if you take medications having those on sight as well.”

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