CT Emergency officials: Use Hurricane Florence as a warning sign here in Connecticut

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Connecticut is getting spared from a powerful hit from Hurricane Florence. But, at the New Haven Emergency Operations Center on Thursday, officials had a word of warning for Connecticut residents: 

“Prepare now. Don’t wait,” said Rick Fontana, New Haven’s Director of Emergency Operations.

Fontana says even though the storm is far away, Connecticut residents should see it as a wake up call to be prepared this hurricane season…just in case.

“Have a plan,” he said. “Make sure you know where you’re going. Build a kit. Make sure you have a cell phone battery pack.  And stay informed.”

Getting information during a severe weather emergency is vital. That’s why they’ve been busy updating and maintaining New Haven’s Alert Notification System.

“This system could save your life,” he said. 

He also pointed out that the state has an app that will provide important alerts and updates when a hurricane does hit Connecticut. That’s called “C-T Prepares”.

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New Haven-area senate democrats joined first responders in sending out an important message to Connecticut residents. Theirs was to prevent Connecticut homeowners from getting ripped off in case their property sustains damage in a storm. They wanted to get the word out about the state’s tougher anti-gouging law.

“There are some people who, in a predatory kind of way, try to take advantage of extreme situations,” said state senator Martin Looney (D-New Haven). “But the law in Connecticut punishes that and people need to be aware of it.”

Bottom line is — the advice first responders are giving out to the public is advice they are heeding themselves. They especially worry about flooding during hurricanes — flooding we’ve seen here before during previous hurricanes.

“We’re always thinking of hurricanes that come here,” Fontana said. “It’s our number one risk.”

That’s one reason why they’re breaking a huge sigh of relief that Florence does not have her eye set on us.

“Because this is going to be a life-threatening storm,” he said. 

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