Wilton's Emergency Operations Center to open for Hurricane Henri

Wilton CERT will be activated and is "prepared for a major storm," according to the first selectwoman.

Wilton CERT will be activated and is “prepared for a major storm,” according to the first selectwoman.

Contributed photo / Tom Gunther

WILTON — The town’s Emergency Operations Center will be activated at 7 a.m. Sunday in advance of Hurricane Henri and will remain open throughout the entirety of the storm, First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice said on Saturday.

“Police and fire will have additional staffing on shifts,” Vanderslice said of the departments prepping for the major storm to make landfall in Connecticut.

In a news release on Saturday, Vanderslice said that “town departments, EMS and the Community Emergency Response Team are all prepared for a major storm.”

If the need arises, Vanderslice said, information on indoor cooling and internet access centers will be made available. Internet will also be accessible outside all municipal buildings and schools using the password “Warrior1.”

“If school buildings lose power, only the exterior of Miller Discoll will have internet,” Vanderslice said.

Police Capt. Robert Cipolla will be heading the emergency ground unit starting Sunday.

The first selectwoman urged residents to “make your own preparations” and “if you are a new resident and don’t have a generator, please prepare for the possible loss of well water by filling a bathtub and purchasing potable water.”