Gov. issues advice, warning about storm

(HARTFORD, CT) – With the latest forecast calling for blizzard conditions across parts of the state, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in a press release is asking residents to be prepared and take the necessary precautions for a significant snowstorm that will impact the state Monday evening through Tuesday.

“Although storms can be unpredictable, this storm has the potential to have a significant impact on the state and we need to be prepared,” Malloy said in his news release. “Just as the state is monitoring and preparing, the public should do the same.”

“The Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) is monitoring this storm very closely and is prepared to coordinate any potential state response,” Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner Dora B. Schriro said in the press release.

DEMHS is also participating in National Weather Service conference calls to get the latest information on the storms track and is sending out regular updates to all municipalities and tribal nations.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation will have its entire fleet of snow plows, including 12 loader-mounted snow blowers, prepared to deploy, said the release.  The residual road treatment from the previous weekend storm will help in the efforts to pretreat the roads.

The release said Malloy will be providing the state with additional updates as conditions warrant.

In order to be prepared for any type of emergency situation, the release said, the governor encourages residents to have an emergency supply kit and follow some basic preparedness tips.

Items to be included in the kit:
– One gallon of bottled water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
– At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food for you and your pet
– A three-day supply of prescription medication
– 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
– Plastic trash bags and ties for personal sanitation
– Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
– Manual can opener
– Local maps
– Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
– Extra fuel (stored in a safe container) for the power generator

Additional preparedness tips:
– In the event emergency travel is necessary, fill up your car with gas, check oil and windshield fluid levels
– Sign up for emergency alerts at www.ctalert.gov
– And always, check on your neighbor

For additional info on winter weather preparedness go to www.ct.gov/demhs or www.redcross.org.

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