EDITORIAL: Be prepared

The town took part in last week’s statewide emergency drill, successfully opening and operating its Emergency Operations Center to deal with a fictitious Category 3 hurricane. Kudos to those who participated and to the officials who have taken so seriously the need to plan for emergencies and to be prepared for them.

There is, however, another link in emergency preparedness, and that is homeowners. Homeowners must have their own emergency plans, the supplies they will need to shelter in place for at least 72 hours, and designated alternate sites where they can go if they can’t remain in their homes.

If you have to move to a shelter, remember it is not a hotel, and not even necessarily a comfortable place, it just provides the basics: shelter, water, and power if possible. You must take towels, toiletries and bedding — even an air mattress if you have one.

Besides preparing for human needs, homeowners also need to remember their pets and have a means of transporting them to a shelter, either with a crate or carrier. Pet owners need to bring their own pet supplies, including food, litter boxes, etc.

A list of the emergency items that homeowners’ should have on hand and other valuable information is on the town’s website at westonct.gov under Important Info, Emergency Storm Info.

Don’t get caught unprepared.

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