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How do I evacuate  and where can I go for shelter?

PREPAREDNESS

Because of its location, Branford is susceptible to a number of potential  natural or manmade disasters. These include; hurricanes, winter storms, flash floods, tornados and hazardous material incidents.

Being prepared for emergencies is crucial when at home,  work or school.
Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood, workplace, school or can confine you to any one of these places. Although, local officials will be on the scene during and after a disaster, they cannot reach everyone right away. Therefore, the best way to insure your familys safety is to be prepared for a disaster.

 

 

FAMILY DISASTER PLAN

Where will you be when disaster strikes? How will you find each other? Families should be prepared for all hazards that could effect their area. Branford Office of Emergency Management urges all families to develop a family disaster plan.

o Develop an out-of-state contact that all family members can contact if separated.

o Determine evacuation routes

o Know shelter locations

o Make arraignments for pets

o Know how to shut off utilities

o Store 3 day supply of non-perishable food

o Store 3 gals. of water per day per person for a 3 day minimum.

 

FAMILY DISASTER KITS

Assemble kits in easy to carry packs or bags.

o Basic first aid kit

o Battery operated radio, flashlight & spare batteries.

o Copies of all important paperwork (insurance plansdeeds etc.)

o Prescription medications for 3 days

o Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members.

o Credit cards, cash and spare car keys

 

WEATHER ADVISORIES

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH  is issued whenever Tropical Storm conditions are possible in a specified area of the Watch, usually within 36 hours

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A TROPICAL STORM WARNING is issued whenever Tropical Storm conditions are expected in the specified area of the Warning, usually within 24 hours.

 

A HURRICANE WATCH is issued whenever Hurricane conditions are possible in the specified area of the Watch, usually within 36 hours. During a Hurricane Watch, prepare to take immediate action to protect your family and property in case a Hurricane Warning is issued.

 

A HURRICANE WARNING is issued whenever Hurricane conditions are expected in the specified area of the Warning, usually within 24 hours.

OTHER INFORMATION SOURCES

 http://www.ready.gov

 http://www.fema.gov

 http://www.cdc.gov

 http://www.ct.gov/demhs/

 http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

 http://www.weather.com

 http://www.redcross.org

 http://www.branford-ct.gov

 http://www.branfordpolice.com

 http://www.branfordfire.com

 

 

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