STAMFORD, Conn. -- Local officials are cautioning residents about a winter storm expected to hit Stamford on Saturday, Dec. 14.
Mayor David Martin urged caution to residents and said the city is fully prepared for the incoming weather conditions.
“Preparation can save lives," Martin said. "Residents are urged to prepare for the incoming winter storm by planning ahead and following the advice of our public safety officials. The safety and wellbeing of our residents is our first priority and the city is fully equipped to respond to the storm."
Winds with gusts up to 30 mph are expected with a snowfall expected to drop about 4 to 9 inches on Stamford from late Saturday morning to late Sunday morning.
The Director of Public Safety, Health and Welfare, Ted Jankowski said planning is important.
“Winter storms are very dangerous. Snow, sleet and ice conditions will occur and the loss of electrical power can be expected," he said. "I ask residents to use caution when traveling. Being prepared and understanding how to react to hazards and the risks associated with a winter storm are vital to one’s safety.”
Stamford officials issued the following list of tips to prepare for the winter storm:
- Minimize travel and stay indoors during the storm.
- Drive only if it is absolutely necessary.
- 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)
- High-calorie, non-perishable food, i.e. granola/snack bars, etc.
- Flashlights/Battery operated lanterns
- Extra Batteries
- Blankets or Sleeping Bags
- Extra Clothes
- First Aid Kit
Before a winter storm approaches, add the following supplies to your emergency kit:
- Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways and sand to improve traction.
- Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.
- Sufficient heating fuel.
- Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
- 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, in case you become separated or need to relocate. Teach family members how to use text messaging; text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through.
- 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 for cooking or warmth. Only use generators and outdoor grills outside of your home and never in enclosed spaces such as garages, basements, or porches. Always run your generator outdoors as far from your home and your neighbors’ homes as possible (at least 20 feet) and away from doors, windows, and air intake vents.
- Register with Stamford’s Emergency Notification System, Code Red, to receive a phone message, text message whenever there is an urgent announcement or situational update. Visit: www.stamfordct.gov, and click on the “Register for Stamford Alert” button.
For more information and tips, residents are encouraged to visit the City of Stamford's website.