Friday, October 2, 2015
Good afternoon. This is Fillmore McPherson, your First Selectman, with a preliminary message on Hurricane Joaquin. Up until yesterday, the forecasts were not in agreement and there was a chance that we could be hit with a hurricane or tropical storm. As of today, Friday, the forecasts are all projecting that the storm will miss us and head out to sea. That said, there is still the possibility that we could see some strong winds. Coupled with the recent rains, some trees could come down, and with that, some lost power. With this in mind, I would like to remind you of lessons we learned from previous storms.
If you have not already done so, use your computer to register your cell phone at ctalert.gov so you can receive emergency notifications if your land line goes out. Remember, that the cordless phones that we typically use today will not work if the power is out. Also, if you use Comcast or a voice over internet phone, it will be knocked out if the power is gone. Again, that is ctalert.gov to register your cell phone.
If you depend on well water, fill up your bath tub so you have water for toilet flushing, and fill up your kitchen pots and pans so you have drinking water.
If you take prescription drugs or use oxygen bottles, make sure you have a week's supply.
Fill up your car and generator cans with gas.
If you have a generator, make sure you run it outside so the exhaust fumes do not enter the house.
Make sure you have enough cash to last a few days if the power is out. ATMs don't work without electricity.
That's it for now. Unless the storm impacts us, I do not plan to call you again. Thank you, and good afternoon.