Hurricane Season

attentionAugust 3- Tropical Storm Isaias Update

We are currently under a Tropical Storm watch due to Isaias and are closely monitoring the forecast and preparing for impacts. While coastal flooding is expected to be minor, we are anticipating heavy rain and strong winds which could cause power outages. 


Safety Tips
When outside, avoid walking and driving through flooded areas. As few as six inches of moving water can knock a person over. Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and possible stalling. One or two feet of water can carry away a vehicle. If you see Public works barricades or police cars blocking a road, don’t drive through the barricade. Flood waters also hide other hazards that can cause injuries, such as debris.

· If you see downed electrical wires, do not go near them. Never attempt to move or touch them with any object. Be mindful that tree limbs, leaves, or water can cover downed wires from view. Always stay away from downed power lines because they could be live.

· Report downed wires immediately. If a power line falls on your car while you are in it, stay inside the vehicle and wait for emergency personnel.

Power Outages
· To prepare for a possible power outage, charge cell phone batteries, gather supplies, and turn your refrigerator and freezer to a colder setting. If you lose power, items that need refrigeration will stay cooler for longer.

· Make sure your flashlights and any battery-operated radios or televisions are working. Keep extra batteries.

· Do not use generators or grills indoors.

· Check on friends, relatives, and neighbors, especially older adults and people with disabilities, access and functional needs, or health conditions. Help them to prepare if needed.

Prepare For Strong Winds
Strong winds can bring down trees and power lines and can turn unsecured objects into dangerous projectiles. To protect against the hazard of strong winds:

· Check the area immediately surrounding your home for unsecured objects or potentially dangerous conditions. Tree limbs, garbage cans, yard debris, or other materials that can be moved by the wind are potential projectiles aimed at your home or parked vehicle.

· Bring inside loose, lightweight objects such as lawn furniture, potted plants, garbage cans, garden tools and toys.

· Anchor objects that would be unsafe outside, such as gas grills or propane tanks.

· Close up and secure patio furniture.

· Secure retractable awnings.

For additional tips on how to prepare visit: https://flash.org/hurricanestrong/ and https://www.ready.gov/

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For updates and information about current hurricane and tropical storm advisories, visit: National Hurricane Center or National Weather service- Upton NY


City of Norwalk- Customer Service203-854-3200
United Way/Infoline- for housing, health, mental health providers,  financial assistance or information. 2-1-1
For public safety or life-threatening emergencies9-1-1
To report a power outage: Don’t assume your provider knows about your outage or that someone else has reported it.Eversource at 800-286-2000,(can also provide updates by text)
SNEW at 203-866-3366
Third Taxing District at 203- 663-6875
Volunteer after a disaster:Norwalk Health Dept- ERT
Are you in a flood zone? Know your Zone

Links to help you prepare for hurricanes and tropical storms: 

Ready.gov- Hurricanes

Ready.gov- Power outages

 FLASH- Hurricane Strong 

Hurricanes and Tropical storms can be frightening for children, but there are some great resources to help be better prepared for emergencies. The sites below have materials for kids as well as parents/caregivers and educators. 

Ready Kids

Hurricane strong for Kids

Sesame Street- Emergency Preparedness 

Transportation

For information on delays or cancellation of transportation services due to inclement weather, please visit: 

Norwalk TransitNorwalk Transit- Wheels2U
CT Transit- bus

MTA- Metro North and Amtrak


After the Storm: NeighborCheck10

Link to Damage report- Civic Plus- if needed

Centers for Disease control- Hurricanes