With Hurricane Sandy strengthening in the Caribbean and forecasted to impact Connecticut early next week, Connecticut Light & Power has activated its emergency response plan, opened its Emergency Operations Center, and is making preparations for storm damage and restoration. \u201cWe\u2019re closely monitoring weather forecasts and preparing for high winds and heavy rain that can devastate the electric system and cause power outages,\u201d Bill Quinlan, CL&P senior vice president of emergency preparedness, said in a press release issued Thursday afternoon. \u201cThe 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.\u201d Customers can prepare by assembling a storm kit and making arrangements to look out for their families, friends and neighbors. CL&P\u2019s \u201cShopping for a Storm Kit\u201d video on YouTube \u00a0highlights the contents of a storm kit, including: \u2022\u00a0Flashlights with spare batteries \u2022\u00a0A battery-operated radio or TV \u2022\u00a0First-aid kit and medications \u2022\u00a0Canned, freeze-dried or dehydrated foods \u2022\u00a0A manual can opener \u2022\u00a0Bottled water \u2022\u00a0Baby or pet supplies (if needed) \u2022\u00a0Important 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\u2019s Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security at ct.gov\/demhs. The Connecticut American Red Cross, one of CL&P\u2019s partners in emergency preparedness, provides helpful information and resources at\u00a0ctredcross.org.