Wilton officials, CL&P plan for Sandy


With Hurricane Sandy expected to make her way up the East Coast, Wilton's emergency management team will meet on Friday morning, Oct. 26, for a pre-storm preparedness briefing with First Selectman Bill Brennan.

"A second briefing will be conducted on Monday prior to the storm's landfall," Wilton Fire Chief Paul Milositz said Thursday. "The team has been tracking the storm for two days and will continue to monitor Hurricane Sandy's progress as it continues its journey northward."

He urged residents to begin preparing now, for possible impact on Tuesday.

"Residents should review their emergency plan and be prepared to be without electrical service for a period of several hours to several days," he said. "Residents should pay close attention to local weather forecasts and check the town's website, Facebook and twitter pages for official information as necessary."

The Bulletin's website will carry up-to-date storm information as it becomes available.

Connecticut Light & Power has activated its emergency response plan, opened its Emergency Operations Center and is making preparations for damage and restoration.

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"We're closely monitoring weather forecasts and preparing for high winds and heavy rain that can devastate the electric system and cause power outages," Bill Quinlan, CL&P senior vice president of emergency preparedness, said in a press release issued Thursday afternoon. "The past year has been all about improving storm response, and we stand ready to respond as quickly and safely as possible. While we hope for the best, we all need to prepare for the worst."

Customers can prepare by assembling a storm kit and making arrangements to look out for their families, friends and neighbors.

CL&P's "Shopping for a Storm Kit" video on YouTube highlights the contents of a storm kit, including:

• Flashlights with spare batteries

• A battery-operated radio or TV

• First-aid kit and medications

• Canned, freeze-dried or dehydrated foods

• A manual can opener

• Bottled water

• Baby or pet supplies (if needed)

• Important phone numbers

Customers who are dependent on electricity for critical medical needs are urged to make preparations now to switch to a backup source or move to an alternate location if necessary.

Staying informed

CL&P will continue to be in close contact with town, state, and emergency management officials over the next few days to make sure all of our efforts are coordinated for a community-wide response.

For information on statewide response, visit Connecticut's Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security at ct.gov/demhs. The Connecticut American Red Cross, one of CL&P's partners in emergency preparedness, provides helpful information and resources at ctredcross.org.