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: \u2022 Know your city's evacuation centers in case you must leave your home or workplace. Know if they accept pets, and under what conditions. \u2022 Subscribe to alert services (in NYC https:\/\/a858-nycnotify.nyc.gov\/notifynyc\/; in CT www.ct.gov\/ctalert) \u2022 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 \u2022 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) \u2022 Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food per person. \u2022 Food, water and medications for pets. \u2022 Battery-powered radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert, and extra batteries for both. \u2022 Flashlights and extra batteries. \u2022 First Aid kit. \u2022 Whistle to signal for help. \u2022 Infant formula and diapers, if you have an infant. \u2022 Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation. \u2022 Dust mask or cotton T-shirt, to help filter the air. \u2022 Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place. \u2022 Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities. \u2022 Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food). \u2022 One complete change of warm clothing and shoes per person, including coat. \u2022 A hat and gloves for each person \u2022 A sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. \u2022 Rain gear. \u2022 Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils. \u2022 Cash or traveler's checks, change. \u2022 Paper towels. \u2022 Matches in a waterproof container and alternate fuel supply (propane, etc.). \u2022 Disinfectant or household chlorine bleach (diluted nine parts water to one part bleach). \u2022 Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container. \u2022 Charged cell phone and charger; phone numbers for family members, co-workers, your power company, your doctors \u2022 Local maps \u2022 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. \u2022 Books, games, paper, writing instruments.