With the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane season now underway, Norwalk's Office of Emergency Management is urging residents to be prepared.
"We're focused on the impacts that residents most likely will experience. That would be flooding, lost of power and damage," said Chief Denis McCarthy of the Norwalk Fire Department.
Chief McCarthy says it is important for residents to have a plan in place during an emergency.
"A large percentage of people think they can muddle through any emergency and they don't prepare at all. There are 5-6 crucial steps that they should take. Having a battery operated flashlight, a battery operated or hand crank radio, having a communications plan and having some emergency foods supplies," said Chief McCarthy.
Residents should also be aware of whether or not they live in a flood zone.
"We know that loss of power is probably the most likely and most universal impact that residents will experience. It is very important for residents to register for Code Red emergency alert messages. That way they can get messages whether home or away on their cell phones or smart phones and get emergency information from the city regarding the status of the community, how we [emergency personel] are responding and where [residents] can get help," said McCarthy.
For more information about hurricane preparedness visit the City's website, www.norwalkct.org or www.ready.gov