The Norwalk Fire Department is preparing its emergency management team for hurricane season.
The office of Emergency Management hosted its annual Hurricane Program on Wednesday to improve emergency coordination, discuss changes and increase preparedness.
"We have been doing a lot of training together as a team," said Norwalk Fire Chief Denis McCarthy. "And we'll start to incorporate pre-event planning using the national incident and command system model so that should an event occur at a high school graduation or the boat show or the oyster festival, we'll have a plan already in place for that event."
Hurricane season officially began on June 1st, but officials say the season tends to pick up in New England around late July and August. Norwalk Fire Chief and emergency management director Dennis McCarthy says if necessary the team is prepared to use new equipment purchased by federal grant funds, such as message signs, light towers and shelter trailers.
"The national government and NOAA, anticipate a slightly slower hurricane season than normal, but that doesn't mean the risk is gone, it just means the chances are lower but there is still a strong chance that we will be affected by a severe weather event."
The fire department encourages residents to have a plan, be prepared, know where to get supplies and how to communicate with others during a disaster. For emergency tips visit norwalkct.org or ready.gov.