Hurricane Irma has yet to even have an impact on the Caribbean but it already has people in Connecticut thinking.
The towns of Old Lyme and North Stonington issued memos to their residents on Monday.
"Our community has 'weathered' more than our share of serious storms in the last few years and our town wants to help you be prepared for – and stay safe during – any emergency situation," said First Selectman Bonnie A. Reemsnyder, Old Lyme.
Reemsnyder cited storms like Irene and Sandy that left portions of the state without power for days.
She said that while the town's emergency operations center and respite center rain efficiently, it was not able to reach everyone in the town.
"We want to do the best we can to communicate with everyone when emergencies occur or are imminent," Reemsnyder said. "For example, we can let you know if a health crisis poses a threat to our community; or if a fire or accident will restrict access to some neighborhoods; or, if we have been advised to take safety precautions; and, of course, if our community needs to prepare for another impending hurricane or winter storm."
Reemsnyder urged residents to sign up for the town's Old Lyme Alerts so it can text or call people to inform them of emergencies.
People can do so at this link.
Old Saybrook Police Chief Michael Spera said as weather experts determine Irma's direction over the next few days, his community will ramp up its safety measures.
"We have to be prepared to stand up a shelter to protect our population then afterwords have a recovery center to make sure people get what they need until normalcy is restored in the community," Spera said.
Five years ago, during Superstorm Sandy, Old Saybrook and Old Lyme where among many communities hosting shelters for shoreline property owners forced out of their homes.
That's why they stockpile pallets of clean bottled water, cots, and even portable stop signs to help with traffic control when the power goes out.
In North Stonington, the volunteer fire company told folks that now is the time to prepare.
"Do not procrastinate," it wrote in a Facebook post. "If we don't get hit by Irma, you will be ready for the next."
It posted the following preparation tasks:
Gov. Dannel Malloy will hold a press conference on Tuesday afternoon in New Haven to discuss storm preparedness as we move closer to the height of hurricane season.
"The Governor will be joined by New Haven Mayor Toni Harp and Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner Dora Schriro," Malloy's office said on Monday.
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