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Wilton Officials Urge Residents To Prepare For Sandy

The following is a message from Wilton’s Office of Emergency Management:

WILTON, Conn. – As indicated in Friday’s Code Red message, all citizens are encouraged to prepare immediately for Hurricane Sandy. This severe storm is forecast to hit the Connecticut area starting late Sunday evening and into Monday.

The latest weather information from state emergency management meteorologists indicate that Hurricane Sandy is a powerful, 800-mile wide hybrid storm that will involve winds of 40 to 50 mph with heavy rain – possibly 6 to 10 inches for the Connecticut area.  As a result, widespread power outages and flooding are also expected in our area.

This is a major threat to Wilton, and consequently, town officials are urging all citizens to use the weekend to prepare for this storm. Please visit the Town website ( www.wiltonct.org ) for detailed emergency preparedness information.

Be sure to have adequate food and water supplies to last at least three to four days. Move items that could be blown away by high winds to protected areas to avoid damage and injuries. Prepare candles and flashlights for expected power outages due to downed trees and power lines. Fill autos with gasoline, as supplies might run out if fuel deliveries are impacted.

As previously announced, the town of Wilton will communicate emergency information and road closings through various media resources, including Facebook and Twitter social media channels. Please check the town web site and local news outlets for official emergency information. In addition, emergency information will also be posted at various public locations throughout the town. School closings and other information will be reported on the Board of Education website and on the town website.

The town’s Emergency Operations Center will be operational on Monday.  A dial-in “hot line” will be established to provide an additional source of emergency information.  The state of Connecticut and all public utilities have made major advance preparations to deal with expected power outages and other storm emergencies.

In summary, a major powerful storm is expected to impact the Wilton area on Monday.  Use the mild weekend weather to fully prepare for this significant storm emergency!  Now is the time to get ready.  Many thanks for everyone’s cooperation.

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