WILTON, Conn. – Wilton Fire Chief Paul Milositz wants town residents to get ready for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy as soon as possible.
“Get prepared now. Don’t wait,” said Milositz, who is also Wilton’s emergency management director.
Forecasts have Sandy making landfall in New Jersey late Monday night, but Wilton and elsewhere in Connecticut may receive heavy rains and winds before the storm arrives. Wilton officials expect to activate the town’s Emergency Operations Center on Monday, Milositz said.
Milositz said residents should prepare their homes and have an emergency kit ready. The town plans to update residents about power outages and other information through the emergency office’s Facebook page as well as through its Twitter feed. Milositz said the town has made some improvements in emergency response after Hurricane Irene and last year’s freak October snowstorm.
“We expect there will be strong winds and we expect there will be some power outages, which may last for two days,” he said, noting that work on restoring power won’t begin until at least until the high winds die down.
Wilton residents will have a little more help with preparation. The new Wilton Hardware store off River Road will open Saturday, owner Tom Sato said. The store was initially set to open next Thursday, but Sato opted to open earlier as demand for supplies increased. The hardware store will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.