Mitch Gross, of Connecticut Light and Power, said they are watching the forecast and making preparations.
A year after going through the freak October nor'easter that knocked power out for much of the state, towns across Connecticut are preparing for Sandy.
In advance of the storm, register for alerts on the state of Connecticut Web site. You can also call 211.
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Mayor Art Ward has convened the City Emergency Management Team for an 11 a.m. meeting on Friday, Oct. 26 to discuss preparations, some of which are already in place, for when the storm arrives. Sand bags are available at two of the fire houses in Bristol: Engine 5, located on Mix Street and Engine 4, located on Vincent P. Kelly Road. Sand is only available at Vincent P. Kelly Road and can be picked up at any time. Preparations are being made to open a shelter at Chippens Hill Middle School, if the need arises. You can call the Mayor’s Office at 860-584-6250 to find out if it is open.
Mayor Marcia Leclerk on Friday will meet with representatives from Connecticut Light & Power to review procedures with the town liaison. Over the weekend she will prepare and record announcements for use on the town’s Everbridge Reverse Notification System. The town is reviewing its emergency operations procedures and shelter operations and recording safety preparedness segments for local channels 5 or 96.
The East Haven Fire Department is urging residents of the Cosey Beach Avenue area to clear out anything from their property that could get blown away or taken out to sea. A 3 p.m. meeting is planned to go over storm preparations. If residents need to evacuate, the high school will be made available as a shelter.
Fairfield will use CodeRED, the local emergency notification system. If you have not yet signed up, you can sign up online. The Town of Fairfield Facebook page and website will be updated periodically. Residents are asked to remove unsecured items from their yards and prepare for power outages. The emergency shelter at Fairfield Ludlowe High School, 785 Unquowa Road, will be open if needed. Call the Town of Fairfield information line at 203-254-4899 for updates.
Preparations for a town shelter are underway and final determination on a shelter location will be made on Monday. Residents are encouraged to sign up for “Everbridge Citizen Alert Notifications.” Residents should also go to www.CTAlert.gov and sign up for emergency notices.
Town personnel are securing all town facilities, reviewing their response plans and organizing their human and physical resources to be ready. Residents who need sandbags can pick them up at Sound Beach Firehouse in Old Greenwich, Cos Cob Fire Station and Glenville Fire Station.
The town will open the Western Greenwich Civic Center at 449 Pemberwick Road as an emergency shelter if needed.
Mayor Ben Blake will hold a storm preparedness update for the City of Milford at 3:30 p.m. in the City Hall Auditorium at 110 River St.
If needed, Newington will use the high school at 605 Willard Avenue as a shelter. Cots, meals, showers and cell phone charging stations will be provided at the shelter. Newington has set up a pre-recorded information hotline which will be activated at 8 a.m. on Sunday. That number is 860-665-8686.
The emergency relocation center for New London will be located at Winthrop School at 74 Grove St. Mayor Daryl Finizio has ordered all necessary city preparations to be completed by Monday. The Public Works Department will be placing sandbags at known flood areas. The Public Works Department will be securing city property, such as hanging plants downtown and garbage cans, to limit damage to storefronts and residential windows. Drain tops will be cleared by Monday and the Bank Street pump has been tested and is fully operational in anticipation of high levels of rain. Mayor Finizio has also authorized the transfer station to be open on Saturday, Oct. 29, so residents will be able to clear bulky garbage in preparation for the storm. Furthermore, residents are able to fill up their own sandbags at 109 Crystal Avenue. They are required to bring their own sandbags and shovels.
Norwalk officials are making preparations to open the emergency operations center at the appropriate time. You can also follow the Norwalk Office of Emergency Management on Facebook for updates.
The Town of Old Saybrook Office of Emergency Management has created a website to keep residents informed. You can view it at StormSandy.com. Several marinas will be moving boats out of the water today and on Saturday.
The Town of Simsbury issued a news release saying emergency personnel met earlier today and are taking the steps necessary to prepare.
“The most important step for our residents to take right now is to sign up with CTAlert,” Chief Peter Ingvertsen of the Simsbury Police Department said. “We need to be able to communicate safety information to people when the lines are down. Please go to www.CTAlert.gov and sign up for emergency notices, using your cell phone if you have one – that is the most reliable way to get information.”
Residents are also encouraged to sign up for “Community Alerts” on the Town of Simsbury’s website. Residents can also receive the latest information by following the Town of Simsbury on Twitter.
In the event of an emergency, Southington might open a temporary shelter for residents at The Calendar House, 388 Pleasant St.
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In Stamford, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may close the Stamford Hurricane Barrier to all traffic as early as Saturday afternoon, according to Mayor Michael Pavia. The barrier could remain closed through Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Register for the Everbridge Public Information System online at ct.alert.gov and click on Register. Residents who do not have access to the Internet may register in person or via phone at the Town Hall Annex at 424 Main Street (860-945-5255) or the Watertown Fire Department at 935 Main Street (860-945-5220) beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Monday.
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff urges owners to remove boats this weekend from marinas and to store or tie down any outdoor furniture and fittings. Take the usual storm precautions of storing extra water, canned food, batteries and medications, as well as other necessities. A special link to flood information has been established: www.westportct.gov/floodinformation. The town will open its emergency operations center and use CodeRed, the Internet, and Staples FM station WWPT 90.3 to offer emergency updates to residents.
In the event of an emergency, storm information for the Town of Wethersfield can be obtained at:
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For more information on Hurricane Preparedness, visit ct.gov/hurricane.