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Gov. Malloy Urges Connecticut Residents To Prepare For Hurricane Joaquin

Shelves at Shop Rite were empty in preparation for Hurricane Sandy. Photo Credit: File
This is the expected path of Hurricane Joaquin. Photo Credit: National Weather Service

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Gov. Dannel Malloy is asking Connecticut residents to closely monitor the path of Hurricane Joaquin, which is expected to impact the East Coast over the next several days, and be prepared for severe weather conditions next week.

Malloy continues to work with state emergency management officials to monitor the storm and make preparations for necessary state response.

“Just as the state is monitoring and preparing, the public should do the same,” Malloy said. “Weather models are predicting that Hurricane Joaquin may move onshore in the area of the Northeast coast this weekend. Although its potential impact on Connecticut is still developing as forecasts adjust, we need to be prepared because these types of storms can oftentimes be unpredictable.

"We will continue to update residents, and in the meantime we urge folks to begin making preparations.”

The state Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security has been participating in National Weather Service conference calls to receive the latest information on the storm’s track.

Malloy and DEMHS are urging residents to have the following:

  • Basic emergency supply kit of 1 gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation.
  • At least a three-day supply of nonperishable food.
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • First aid kit.
  • A whistle to signal for help.
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation.
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.
  • Can opener.
  • Local maps.
  • Cellphone with chargers, inverter or solar charger.
  • Family emergency plan.
Residents should also identify an out-of town contact. It may be easier to make a long-dista n ce phone call than to call across town. Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and has a cellphone, coins or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact.

Many communities have systems that will send instant text alerts or emails to let you know about local emergencies. In Connecticut, go to to register for alerts. For more resources on hurricane preparedness, visit .

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