Governor Ned Lamont and Connecticut emergency management officials remind Connecticut residents that with the peak of hurricane season fast approaching, they should take the necessary steps to prepare for any kind of severe weather that may affect the state. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 each year, with Connecticut’s main threat period being between mid-August and mid-October.
The Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security has released a note to its municipal counterparts with guidance for the 2021 hurricane season.
“It’s never too early to make sure you and your family are prepared for natural disasters,” Governor Lamont said. “Hurricane season is part of our reality in New England, and we’re doing everything we can to keep our residents safe, including reminding everyone of the steps they can take to protect themselves, such as making a plan to protect themselves. emergency and collect kits. A few small steps like these can go a long way and save you time in case you need to act quickly. “
Governor Lamont also encourages residents to download the state’s TCPrepare app for their mobile devices. The app, which can be downloaded for free from the Apple iTunes Store and the Google Play Store, provides Connecticut residents with useful information in emergency situations, and also provides emergency preparedness tips.
“Emergency management is constantly evolving as we train, exercise and prepare for the next storm,” said James C. Rovella, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. “So, with summer and fall approaching, now is the time for residents and business owners to prepare for inclement weather, including tropical storms and hurricanes. Staying informed by listening to reliable information and weather sources, knowing the location of your local shelters, and knowing your evacuation area will help you make important decisions to keep you and your family safe in a storm.
“As Connecticut has reopened and we recover from the effects of COVID-19, we should not lose sight of the hurricane season and do all we can to protect our property and loved ones,” said Andrew N. But , commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Insurance. . “It is essential to take precautions and prepare properly before disaster strikes. “
Commissioner Mais says policyholders should discuss with their agent, broker or insurance company whether their current insurance coverage is still appropriate and adequate. Additionally, consumers should take the time to ensure that they fully understand their policy deductibles, including hurricane deductibles or voluntary wind deductibles. Commissioner Mais also reminds residents that flood damage is excluded from homeowners, condominiums and renters insurance, but separate policies can be purchased from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or a private insurer with a standard 30-day wait. The Connecticut Department of Insurance recommends that consumers work with their insurance agent to compare quotes from NFIP and private insurance companies to make financially wise choices about how to better manage their flood risk.
The following list includes some hurricane preparedness tips for residents:
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 to register.
Protect your assets
- It is important to review your insurance policies annually and especially before the onset of hurricane season.
- Review your policy with an agent or contact the Connecticut Insurance Department to understand what is covered and what your coverage limits are to make sure you are receiving adequate protection.
- Keep your policies and insurance details in a safe place.
- Take an inventory of your belongings if your property is damaged and you need to make a claim.