Wilton emergency center will open Monday, hot line to be established

The town's emergency operations center, at Wilton police headquarters, will open on Monday to coordinate emergency services during Hurricane Sandy. Town officials are urging residents to prepare for the storm this weekend.

"This is a major threat to Wilton," an emergency notification said. "Please visit the town website (wiltonct.org) for detailed emergency preparedness information. Be sure to have adequate food and water supplies to last at least 3-4 days. Move items that could be blown away by high winds to protected areas to avoid damage and injuries. Prepare candles and flashlights for expected power outages due to downed trees and power lines. Fill autos with gasoline, as supplies might run out if fuel deliveries are impacted."

While The Bulletin will offer continuous updates, town officials will also communicate emergency information and road closings through Facebook and Twitter.

"Please check the town website and local news outlets for official emergency information," the notification said, including school closings.

On Monday, Oct. 29, a dial-in "hot line" will be established to provide an additional source of emergency information.

The Wilton Family Y has announced as long as it is able to remain open,

people in the community, without power, may visit for showers, electricity and water.

Bo Mitchell, owner of 911 Consulting in Wilton, offers the following emergency preparedness checklist:

• Know your city's evacuation centers in case you must leave your home or workplace. Know if they accept pets, and under what conditions.

• Subscribe to alert services (in NYC https://a858-nycnotify.nyc.gov/notifynyc/; in CT www.ct.gov/ctalert)

• Survey your neighbors: who has a generator, who has a chain saw, who has medical training, who is living on their own or otherwise vulnerable and needs looking after

• Water, one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation (if you have a bathtub, fill with water before you lose power for bucket baths, flushing toilets)

• Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food per person.

• Food, water and medications for pets.

• Battery-powered radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert, and extra batteries for both.

• Flashlights and extra batteries.

• First Aid kit.

• Whistle to signal for help.

• Infant formula and diapers, if you have an infant.

• Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation.

• Dust mask or cotton T-shirt, to help filter the air.

• Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place.

• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.

• Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food).

• One complete change of warm clothing and shoes per person, including coat.

• A hat and gloves for each person

• A sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person.

• Rain gear.

• Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils.

• Cash or traveler's checks, change.

• Paper towels.

• Matches in a waterproof container and alternate fuel supply (propane, etc.).

• Disinfectant or household chlorine bleach (diluted nine parts water to one part bleach).

• Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.

• Charged cell phone and charger; phone numbers for family members, co-workers, your power company, your doctors

• Local maps

• It's also wise to make sure you are up to date on any medications, fill up your vehicle's gas tank and your grill's propane tank.

• Books, games, paper, writing instruments.