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Shoreline communities prepare for Hermine

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Eyewitness News also got a closer look inside the Old Saybrook Police Department's emergency management center on Sunday. (WFSB) Eyewitness News also got a closer look inside the Old Saybrook Police Department's emergency management center on Sunday. (WFSB)
OLD SAYBROOK, CT (WFSB) -

With Post-Tropical Storm Hermine inching our way, communities across the state were preparing for the worst.

Super-Storm Sandy devastated parts of Old Saybrook. The storm forced many resident to pick up the pieces and rebuild along the shoreline.

Once again, residents and town officials said they were keeping a close eye on the sky.  

With Sandy back in 2012, the Chalker Beach area was hit especially hard. Sand was piled high and the streets were flooded.

Now that Post-Tropical Storm Hermine is heading our way. Everyone made sure they stay safe and were prepared this time around.

Old Saybrook Police Chief Michael Spera told Eyewitness News it's important to have an emergency kit at home in the event there is flooding or the power goes out.

Kits should have items such as water, flashlights and non-perishable food. Police will also be monitoring the shoreline, especially during high tide to see if there's any minor flooding.

"All day long, we've done three major things,” Spera said. “The first thing was we propositioned some emergency supplies at what may be our shelter if we do need our shelter. We've met with all of our beach community leaders to let them know what they can tell their residents and how best to be prepared for the storm. And our town's safety leadership team met to review our emergency operations plan."

Eyewitness News also got a closer look inside the police department's emergency management center on Sunday. On Sunday morning,  the emergency management team got together to ensure everything was in place for Post-Tropical Storm Hermine. 

"One of our issues in Old Saybrook is we had a large well water population, so no power means no water,” Spera said. “So, we have plenty of bottled water now on hand, we have supplies for our residents to take a nice warm shower if need be, and we certainly have all the normal shelter and supplies one would need to open a shelter."

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