As September comes to a close and we move into October, safety is front and center. September is National Preparedness Month and Fire Prevention Week kicks off October 6.
Public Safety, Health & Welfare Director Ted Jankowski said now is "a good time for all Stamford residents and visitors to take advantage of resources that are available to help prepare for the next disaster or emergency. The event encourages households, businesses and communities to prepare for emergencies."
Jankowski said it's important for residents to prepare for emergencies of all kinds as they can happen at any moment. He said the city does its part to prepare, but preparation is alto the responsibility of individuals within the city as well.
"The city of Stamford and FEMA urge residents to be prepared to be self-reliant during an emergency for at least three days without utilities and electricity, water service, fuel, access to a supermarket or local services, or even for a delayed emergency response," Jankowski said.
Preparing can start with four steps:
- Be informed about emergencies that could happen in your community, and identify sources of information that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency.
- Make a plan for what to do in an emergency.
- Build an emergency supply kit.
- Get involved.
All residents and visitors should prepare by following emergency preparedness recommendations on the www.bepreparedstamford.org/ website. On this site, residents can obtain preparedness information at www.Ready.Gov and the latest information regarding major storms and warnings at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The website also enables residents to register for Stamford Alert (CodeRED), a high-speed notification solution. Stamford Alert provides Stamford officials the ability to quickly deliver emergency messages to targeted areas or the entire city. Those who have unlisted phone numbers or without a landline are urged to register their cell phone or VoIP phone as their primary number to ensure they receive an emergency notification. If needed, residents can receive assistance in registering for Stamford Alert by calling 203-977-4153.
To receive information regarding emergency events, City of Stamford residents may visit the city’s website at http://www.stamfordct.gov/, call the Emergency Information Hotline at 203-977-8840 or Citizen Services at 203-977-4140, and/or visit the City on Twitter.
"Preparedness is a shared responsibility; it takes a whole community," Jankowski said. "This year’s National Preparedness Month focuses on turning awareness into action by encouraging all individuals and all communities nationwide to make an emergency preparedness plan."