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News from State Senator Joan Hartley

January 22, 2016

Capitol address
Legislative Office Building
Room 3100
Hartford, CT 06106-1591


On the Web

Capitol: 860-240-0006
Toll-free: 1-800-842-1420

storm 1Preparing for Winter Storms

Connecticut is bracing for this year's first significant winter storm that could produce blizzard-like conditions in parts of the state. Heavy snow accumulation and high winds are predicted which may lead to power outages and impaired visibility on the roads. Please use the resources below to help prepare your family for any storm-related emergencies that may occur and to keep your family safe.

Keeping Safe During Winter Storms

  • Clear snow and ice from sidewalks and footpaths that adjoin your property and clear fire hydrants as soon as possible.
  • Drivers must make sure their vision is not impaired by ice or snow and snow must be removed from roofs, etc. so it does not slide off and impact or impair other operators.
  • DO NOT shovel or plow snow into the street.
  • If you have a medical emergency, contact 911 for assistance, otherwise refrain from calling Police, Fire or Public Works to find out when your street will be plowed. Calls detract from the work at hand.
  • In some communities, snow cleanup usually takes between 16 and 24 hours from the end of a snowstorm. Cooperation in these activities will allow for quicker and more effective clearance of all streets. For questions or for more information, including winter safety tips, visit your town's website, Facebook or Twitter pages.
  • 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.
  • Find a local warming station or shelter in your area by calling Infoline at 211.
  • For additional info on winter weather preparedness go to www.ct.gov/demhs or www.senatedems.ct.gov/Storm

Reporting Power Outages to Eversource

If you lose power, call Eversource at 1-800-286-2000 to report an outage or speak with a customer service representative. Customers are reminded to stay away from downed power lines and call 911 to report them.

Prepare a Storm Kit

storm 3Items 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
  • 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

Safety Tips for Winter Emergencies

  • If you use a generator, follow all safety precautions provided by the manufacturer.
  • If you use a cell phone, save your power or have a plan to be able to charge the phone.
  • Gather all necessary medications and make sure you have an adequate supply.
  • If you rely on oxygen please be sure you have an ample supply on hand.
  • If you, a friend or family member relies on electricity for life support devices, well water or refrigeration for medications, please make preparations now to switch to a backup source or move to an alternate location. It's also a good idea to have a battery back-up for medical equipment.
  • For information on emergency disaster services including shelters, please contact the Connecticut American Red Cross by dialing 877-287-3327.
  • For non-emergency services, please contact 2-1-1 by dialing 211 or online at www.211ct.org.

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Senator Joan Hartley, Legislative Office Building, Room 3100, Hartford, Connecticut 06106

Capitol telephone: Toll-free: 1-800-842-1420

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