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August 25, 2011
CITY READIES FOR HURRICANE
Planning Underway To Respond To Storm Damage
Middletown — Mayor Sebastian Giuliano said that the city is gearing up to deal with the impending arrival of Hurricane Irene in the next few days.
The Mayor reported that his office has been working with emergency management services, police, fire, health and other departments on ways to respond to any potential problems that may arise from the storm and its remnants. However, Giuliano suggested that residents take the advice of the American Red Cross and begin making their own storm-preparation plans.
The Red Cross recommends the following
Have a three-day supply of water for every household member (one gallon per person, per day) on-hand along with food which doesn’t require refrigeration, flashlights, a battery-operated radio and a first aid kit.
Have several days of any prescriptions that you or family members are taking.
Have extra food and medications for pets.
Bring items inside which may be carried by the wind.
Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances.
Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings as the storm approaches so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
Fill your vehicles gas tank.
Close windows, doors and shutters during high winds. Consider boarding windows and doors with plywood.
The police and fire departments warned residents to avoid coming in contact with downed power lines.
Residents affected by the storm are asked not to call 911 unless there is a police, fire, or medical emergency or are in eminent danger.
Mayor Giuliano said that additional information, including possible shelter openings, will be forth-coming and available through the media as well as on the city’s website @