Mitch Gross, of Connecticut Light and Power, said they are watching the forecast and making preparations.
As meteorologists watch the Hurricane Sandy, which would pose a threat to Connecticut, Gov. Dannel Malloy is asking residents to closely monitor the storm’s path over the next few days and to be prepared.
Malloy said tree trimming has been done, other steps have been taken and the state has spent three days preparing for specifically for this storm, but there are unknown variables.
“Mother Nature is pretty darn powerful and it depends on what is thrown at us,” Gov. Dannel Malloy said in an interview with the governor on Friday.
At noon on Friday, Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman will be briefed by Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection Deputy Commissioner William P. Shea and heads of the state’s major utility companies on preparations being made to deal with the potential impact of Hurricane Sandy. After the meeting, Malloy will hold a media availability to discuss the contents of the briefing.
“Just as the state is monitoring and preparing, the public should do the same,” Malloy said. “Some models predict that Sandy may move onshore somewhere in New England early next week. Although we are not certain the storm will impact the state, we need to be prepared. That means everyone, especially the state’s utility companies.”
Malloy said the state Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is monitoring this storm, participating in National Weather Service conference calls to get the latest information and is prepared to coordinate any potential state response.
DEMHS is also in communication with Connecticut Light and Power and United Illuminating regarding their preparations and posture.
“Although hurricanes are unpredictable, this storm has the potential to impact Connecticut and we need to be prepared,” DEMHS Deputy Commissioner William Shea said. “Because a shift in the track of the hurricane of just a few miles can have a significant impact on the state, it is important to stay informed by listening to TV and radio and heed the warnings of public safety officials.”
Malloy and DEMHS offered the following preparedness tips:
Basic Emergency Supply Kit
Family Emergency Plan
For more information on Hurricane Preparedness, visit ct.gov/hurricane.