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Hartford Fire Department

Hurricane Season Preparedness

On behalf of Mayor Luke A. Bronin, the City of Hartford Office of Emergency Management and Fire & Emergency Services would like to remind Hartford residents that we are at the height of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. Citizens should take needed steps to prepare for any type of severe weather that may impact our city and region.  Hurricane season for us here in CT runs up to November 30th; however, the peak of our threat period is between mid-August and mid-October.
 
As part of preparation efforts, Mayor Bronin encourages residents to download the state’s recently launched “CTPrepares” mobile app for their smart phone and tablet devices.  The app, which can be downloaded free of charge from the Apple iTunes store and the Google Play store , provides Connecticut residents with information and alerts in emergency situations, and also gives preparedness tips in advance of an emergency.  Since launching last year, the app has been downloaded on more than 10,000 devices.
 
The City of Hartford will always remain vigilant and proactive as it pertains to emergency preparedness and emergency response. Although we are not a coastline community, damaging winds and flooding rain can still impact our capitol city. Please see the following list below for preparedness tips for our residents:
 
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
• At least 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
• Garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
• A manual can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
• Local maps
• Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
• Food and litter requirements for any pets
• Medicine or any special need items, including diapers for infants
 
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 has a cell phone, coins, or a prepaid phone card to 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, and it uses less battery life.  Plan ahead and pre-set a family group text conversation in your phones.
• Subscribe to alert services.  Go to www.ct.gov/ctalert to register for emergency alerts.
 
Protecting Your Possessions
 
• It is important to review your insurance policies yearly and especially prior to the start of hurricane season.
• Review your policy with an agent, or contact the Connecticut Insurance Department to understand what is covered and what your coverage limits are to ensure you are receiving adequate protection.
• Keep your policies and insurance contact information in a safe place.
• Make an inventory of your possessions should your property be damaged and you have to make a claim.

Keeping Your Home Safe and Warm This Winter

 With its cold and often stormy weather, winter presents many safety challenges both indoors and out. Being prepared and following simple safety tips can help you stay safe and warm this season.

Keeping Your Home Safe and Warm

Follow these safety tips from CDC, the National Fire Protection Association, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to prevent injuries and deaths related to heating your home.

  • Install a smoke alarm near bedrooms and on each floor of your home. Test it monthly. If it has a 9-volt battery, change the battery twice a year.
  • Install a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm near bedrooms and on each floor of your home. If your alarm sounds, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests that you press the reset button, call emergency services (911 or your local fire department), and immediately move to fresh air (either outdoors or near an open door or window). Know the symptoms of CO poisoning: headache, fatigue, dizziness, and shortness of breath. If you experience any of these symptoms, get fresh air right away and contact a doctor for proper diagnosis. When in doubt, call 911.
  • Make sure heating equipment is installed properly. Have a trained specialist inspect and tune up your heating system each year.
  • Keep portable space heaters at least 3 feet from anything that can burn, including bedding, furniture, and clothing. Never drape clothing over a space heater to dry.
  • Keep children and pets away from space heaters. Never leave children in a room alone when a space heater is in use.
  • If you use a kerosene heater, you should be aware that they are ILLEGAL to use in the City of Hartford.
  • Have your fireplace chimney and flue inspected each year and cleaned if needed. Open the flue and use a sturdy fireplace screen when you have a fire. Burn only untreated wood; never burn paper or pine branches--pieces can float out the chimney and ignite your roof, a neighbor's roof, or nearby trees.
  • If you use a wood-burning stove, have the chimney connection and flue checked each year. Make sure the stove is placed on an approved stove board to protect the floor from heat and coals.
  • Never use your range or oven to heat your home, even for a short time.

For more information and winter safety tips, please see this website: http://www.kidsource.com/safety/winter.safety.cold.html

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Hartford Fire Department
253 High Street
Hartford, CT 06103
860-757-4500 main
860-722-2805 fax

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