Malloy says it's not too early to prepare for possible hit from "Irma"

FARMINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) -- Connecticut's 2-1-1 call center is now helping as overload calls from Texas are being routed here and to other states until that region can get back on its feet.

Friday, Governor Malloy visited Red Cross headquarters in Farmington and urged Connecticut residents that now is the time to prepare in case the next big storm visits us.

Workers at Red Cross headquarters are busy processing all the contributions you've been making as relief workers continue to head to Texas.  Like Jeanne Yusko, of Danbury, who has been to many disasters, including Katrina, "Helping with making sure that we're manning the shelters and we have enough people and processing volunteers."

The Governor thanked Red Cross workers for their continued efforts for the people of Texas.  He also issued a cautionary warning to Connecticut residents about the strengthening storm in the Atlantic

called Irma, "It's important that people take the steps to be ready; that they have water, they have food, they understand where their house is with respect to possible flooding."

Irma is no potential threat to New England until sometime the week after next. Mario Bruno of the Red Cross says they will be ready here if need be, "Most of our deployments are for two weeks so the sixty

folks that you are seeing that are deployed will be back, at least most of them by then,."  Bruno also thanked Connecticut for your generous support but said your donations are still needed.

If you think it's unlikely that a Category 4 Hurricane like Harvey could strike New England, it's important to remember that 79 years ago next week, a Category 5 Hurricane struck Connecticut and Rhode

Island with catastrophic damage, flooding and loss of life.

This might a good time to download the "CT Prepares" app and the News 8 app to your smart phone as one of the ways to prepare just in case.

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