Batten Down the Hatches for Irene

Irene is headed up the East Coast and its path is now just west of Bridgeport. Fairfield has ordered evaculations of the Fairfield Beach area tomorrow by 4 PM. If you live in Black Rock near the water consider moving inland as the storm is likely to hit at high tide on Sunday morning around 11 AM. This means not only a storm surge, but a storm tide (combination of storm surge and high tide), which can cause flooding beyond normal flood plain areas. This image is from www.hurricanetrack.comand is one of the best sites to track the projected path of the hurricane.  Governor Malloy has urged Connecticut residents to take three simple preparedness steps: get a kit, make a plan, and stay informed,” said Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner Reuben F. Bradford.”We cannot become complacent, it is vital that we are prepared.” 


Governor Malloy and DESPP offered the following preparedness tips:


Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:


  • One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation

  • A three-day supply of non-perishable food

  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both

  • Flashlight and extra batteries

  • First aid kit

  • A whistle to signal for help

  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

  • Local maps

  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger


Family Emergency Plan


  • Identify an out-of town contact.  It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.

  • Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and can call the emergency contact. If you have a cell phone, program that person(s) as "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) in your phone. If you are in an accident, emergency personnel will often check your ICE listings in order to get a hold of someone you know. Make sure to tell your family and friends that you’ve listed them as emergency contacts.

  • 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.

Stay Informed

  • Subscribe to alert services. Many communities/states now have systems that will send instant text alerts or e-mails to let you know about bad weather, road closings, local emergencies, etc. In Connecticut, go to to register for alerts.


NOAA Hurricane Preparedness Plan

FEMA Ready America Hurricane Preparation

NOAA Storm Surge Overview




any good sites for the forecasted tidal surge along the coast?