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Stamford Mayor Encourages Residents To Prepare For Winter Storm

Stamford's Mayor is urging residents to be prepared in the event a winter storm hits the area over the weekend.
Stamford's Mayor is urging residents to be prepared in the event a winter storm hits the area over the weekend. Photo Credit: Wikimedia/Commons

STAMFORD, Conn. -- A winter storm is expected to impact the area this weekend, with the potential for heavy snow, strong winds and coastal flooding.

“There is no such thing as being ‘overprepared’ for a storm like this. We are getting the city prepared and I urge residents to take the time to stock up on necessary supplies and plan to remain in a safe and warm location during the storm,” said Mayor David Martin.

The city’s Emergency Operations Center is tracking and monitoring the storm at this time. In advance of the storm, the mayor offers the following tips:

Reminders:

  • Life-threatening situations should be reported to 911.
  • Downed power lines or power outages should be reported immediately to Eversource at 1-800-286-2000.
  • To report operational issues, such as downed trees, etc., the Citizens Service Center is open for calls at 203-977-4140 during business hours.
  • The Government Center will be utilized as a warming station.

Be Prepared Before the Storm:

  • Prepare an emergency supply kit: Keep an extra cell phone car-charger in your automobile; bottled water, 3-5 day supply (1 gallon per person, per day); non-perishable food; flashlights/battery operated lanterns; extra batteries; blankets or sleeping bags; First Aid kit.
  • Develop and rehearse an emergency plan: Organize a plan for you and your family, should there be an emergency. Always inform loved ones where you are and where you are going,.
  • Dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning: In the event of a power outage, portable generators should be operated safely. Outdoor grilling devices should never be brought inside the home.
  • Register with Stamford’s emergency notification system CT Alert to receive a phone message, text message whenever there is an urgent announcement or situational update.
  • Keep automobiles prepared: Power outages may disable fuel stations. Keep a cell phone car-charger in the glove box.
  • Emergency shelters: In the event of a major power outage, emergency shelters may be open to the public. Be sure to pack any necessary medications or medical equipment, toiletries and bed linens.
  • Care for your pet: Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather.

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