Governor Lamont declares state of emergency before tropical storm Henri
Governor orders state emergency operations center to be activated
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that as Tropical Storm Henri is expected to move to Connecticut in the next few days and turn into a hurricane before making landfall, it will request an emergency declaration presidential election before landing to provide the state with federal assistance in anticipation of the impacts of the storm. In addition, the governor will issue a declaration of emergency civil preparedness to enable the state to take whatever action is necessary to protect the health and well-being of the people of Connecticut.
The governor ordered the Connecticut State Emergency Operations Center to become partially activated on Saturday, August 21 and fully activated on Sunday, August 22 in the morning. It will be made up of representatives of the relevant state agencies, in addition to representatives of utility companies. , in order to monitor and manage any problems that may arise as a result of the storm.
By order of Governor Lamont, Maj. Gen. Francis Evon, adjutant general and commander of the Connecticut National Guard, calls on 200 guards and women to declare active service starting Saturday morning to prepare specialized teams and equipment for the support of the state response. Expected missions include search and rescue of high-wheeled vehicles, clearing roads, generating electricity and distributing commodities, but may change depending on the actual impact of the storm.
Earlier today, Governor Lamont spoke by telephone with Deanne Criswell, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Paul Ford, interim FEMA regional administrator for New England, to discuss the preparedness efforts. Federal officials have pledged assistance and resources to support Connecticut’s response and expected recovery from the storm.
This afternoon, Governor Lamont hosted a statewide conference call between state emergency management officials and city officials to coordinate preparedness activities between state and local levels.
Current forecasts are for the storm to become a Category 1 hurricane on Saturday morning and then make landfall Sunday evening near the Stonington, Connecticut area along the Rhode Island border. As of this afternoon, the National Weather Service has issued hurricane watches for New London, Middlesex and New Haven counties. A tropical storm watch has been issued for Fairfield County. Additional watches and warnings are planned.
“With Henry’s current predicted path, we can expect heavy rainfall and high winds, with the potential for a significant amount of coastal and urban flooding across Connecticut,” Governor Lamont said. “Right now it’s a good idea that everyone is prepared and expect to shelter in place by Sunday afternoon until at least Monday morning. We will continue to monitor the progress of the storm and provide updates as necessary. “
“We learned from Super Storm Sandy and Hurricane Irene that preparing in assembly areas before the storm hits land is key to a quick and effective response,” Major General Evon said. “We are ready to support the state and lead agencies as we can and will be ready to bring in additional guards and resources if asked.”
The following list includes some hurricane preparedness tips:
Recommended items to include in a basic emergency supply kit
- One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- At least three days of non-perishable food supply
- Battery or hand crank radio and NOAA weather radio with audible alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- A whistle to call for help
- Garbage Bags and Plastic Ties for Personal Hygiene
- Wrench or pliers to deactivate utilities
- A manual can opener for food (if the kit contains canned food)
- Local maps
- Mobile phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
- Food and bedding requirements for all pets
- Medicines or any other item with special needs, including infant diapers
- Cleaning products that disinfect for COVID-19 and face masks when needed in a shelter
Family emergency plan
- Make sure you and your family members know the locations of local shelters and your evacuation area, especially if you live along the shore.
- Identify a contact outside of town. It may be easier to make a long-distance call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate between separated family members.
- Make sure each member of your family knows the phone number and has a cell phone, coins, or prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact.
- Plan ahead and preset a family group text chat on your phones. Text messages can often bypass network disruptions when a phone call may not go through and use less battery life.
- Subscribe to alert services through CTAlert. Go to www.ct.gov/ctalert save.
Connecticut residents are encouraged to download the CTPrepare application for mobile devices. The application, which can be downloaded free of charge from Apple iTunes store and the Google play store, provides useful information in emergency situations and gives advice on how to prepare for an emergency.