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Ridgefield Officials Set Meeting On Emergency Preparation

Ridgefield will host a public safety day on Saturday, Sept. 6.
Ridgefield will host a public safety day on Saturday, Sept. 6. Photo Credit: Charles Barthold

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Ridgefield will host a public safety day on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  in the Ridgefield Visiting Nurses Association parking lot located at 90 East Ridge Road.

September is National Preparedness month. The Ridgefield Emergency Operations Team is reminding residents to:

  • Be Informed: Understand the potential dangers in this part of the country, which often include extended power outages. Have important phone numbers on hand and sign up with CT Alert  to receive town emergency Everbridge notices. ( www.ct.gov/ctaler t or 860-920-3337.) Don’t forget to include your cell numbers too. If landlines, cell, and internet are unavailable, Town Emergency Team Members post message boards with critical information at Town Hall and Parks & Recreation, the Ridgebury Firehouse among other locations.
  • Be Prepared: Create an emergency kit, which should include important papers and medications. For a complete list of items to keep in your kit, go to www.ready.gov . If you have a smartphone, download a Preparedness App, such as the American Red Cross Hurricane App. There are numerous ready-made kits also available for purchase if you don’t want to build your own. Store emergency supplies, water, and non-perishable food, enough for at least three days. Plan for those with special needs, children, infants, and seniors and don’t forget about pets. They too need food and water. Keep gas tanks filled and some extra cash on hand in case ATMs and banks aren’t open.
  • Make a Plan: Plan ahead where your family will meet in an emergency and talk about how you will communicate, particularly if internet, phone and cell service are unavailable. Have a battery- powered radio with extra batteries on hand with a list of local radio and television stations on hand. Learn how to shut off the gas and water in your homes and how to use equipment such as generators safely.

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