Customers can prepare by assembling a storm kit and making arrangements to look out for their families, friends and neighbors.
CL&P’s “Shopping for a Storm Kit” video on YouTube highlights the contents of a storm kit, including:
• Flashlights with spare batteries
• A battery-operated radio or TV
• First-aid kit and medications
• Canned, freeze-dried or dehydrated foods
• A manual can opener
• Bottled water
• Baby or pet supplies (if needed)
• Important phone numbers
Customers who are dependent on electricity for critical medical needs are urged to make preparations now to switch to a backup source or move to an alternate location if necessary.
Mitch Gross, spokesman for CL&P, told The Darien Times the company will “be watching it over the coming hours. It’s all hands on deck here. We’re alrady reaching out to outside crews & contractors about the potential need for assistance.”
“While there’s no way to prevent widespread power outages from storms like this. We’re prepared to respond quickly. Also a good time to remind customers what thy can do to prep… storm kit, medications flashlights,” he said.
CL&P will continue to be in close contact with town, state, and emergency management officials over the next few days to make sure all of our efforts are coordinated for a community-wide response.
For information on statewide response, visit Connecticut’s Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security at ct.gov/demhs. The Connecticut American Red Cross, one of CL&P’s partners in emergency preparedness, provides helpful information and resources at ctredcross.org.