FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Fairfield First Selectman Mike Tetreau is encouraging residents to prepare for hurricane season, which officially began on June 1 and will run until the end of November.
"While we hope no hurricanes or major storms come our way, it is always important for our residents to be proactive and be prepared as much as possible," Tetreau said in a statement. "Not only do I recommend the public starts now in following tips issued by the Governor and the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, but I also encourage anyone living or working in Fairfield to sign up for the Town’s CodeRED alert system so you may be informed and updated on storms or emergencies."
In order to be prepared for a hurricane, residents should have a basic emergency kit containing:
- One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- 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
- A manual can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger.
Residents should also have a family emergency plan that includes an out of town contact.