RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – It is inevitable that once a major storm is announced people will head to the stores to prepare, and Ridgefield residents are no different.
Empty shelves where flashlights, gas cans and batteries used to be are not a shocking situation for the workers at Ridgefield Hardware. Manager Sarah Scott said that it’s always this way before a storm.“It’s last minute shopping,” Scott said, people are trying to be prepared.
When the store opened Friday morning there were 16 portable generators in stock, but they were all sold by mid-morning. “I tried ordering more from Wisconsin, but they wouldn’t be shipped until Monday,” Scott said. For the other storm preparation items, like batteries, flashlights or gas cans, the staff is working hard to restock the shelves whenever they can.
Ancona’s Market is doing much the same thing, and for storm-popular items like bottled water, Joe Ancona, the store’s manager, said they keep extra pallets for these types of situations so they don’t run out.
“We have a faucet at the front and we encourage people to bring buckets to fill up,” Ancona said, and residents don’t have to pay for the water. Ancona said that the store has been a part of Ridgefield for more than 90 years and they want to help the community in any way they can he said.
For Ridgefield’s first responders it’s a matter of “hurry up and wait,” said Police Capt. Tom Comstock. “We can only do so much beforehand.”
Comstock said that the Emergency Operations Center opened Friday to keep a close watch on the storm, but that any decisions on shelters would have to wait until the storm comes through and assessment of the damage is done.
“The saving grace is that it’s warm out,” Comstock said. “The warm weather is a good thing. You can stay at home and not worry about heating and the pipes.”
The Emergency Operations Center has sent out tips on how to prepare, including being sure to have batteries, flashlights and enough food and water for at least three days per person in the home.
One thing that Ancona recommended was for residents to stock up on more than fresh produce, “Because if the power goes out so does your fridge.”
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