Wednesday, June 1 marks the start of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The forecast from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is for an active hurricane season is expected for the Atlantic Basin this year. As with every hurricane season, this outlook underscores the importance of having a family emergency plan and basic supplies in place.
This year, the Norwalk Fire Department- Office of Emergency Management encourages residents to join the ‘Great Hurricane Blowout’ an interactive, fun, family-oriented preparedness campaign to guide the community in how to prepare for a hurricane or any emergency by providing on-line materials, videos, enter contests and more. Social media is big part of the Blowout with updates on Facebook and Twitter.
“In addition to the potential of hurricanes, the summer months also bring power outages, summer heat and severe thunderstorms, having an emergency plan and a disaster supply kit in place can help residents and have the confidence to handle a number of situations” said Fire Chief Denis McCarthy. “This year, we hope residents will participate in this initiative and encourage their friends and family to do the same”
Walk through the phases of the Blowout and get the whole family involved as you go through the steps to get you and your home prepared. Each step of the Blowout builds on the last to create a comprehensive preparedness plan. Move through the steps with us and, once you’re done, you’ll be able to breathe easy knowing that you’re ready for whatever hurricane season brings!
The City of Norwalk has resources to help residents get prepared for emergencies such as hurricanes. Visit the Emergency Management page on the City’s website at: www.norwalkct.org or visit: www.greathurricaneblowout.org. For more information, to schedule a presentation or become a disaster volunteer, please contact 854-0238 or e-mail: email@example.com