November 18, 2018

Chester Hurricane Preparation Message from Tom Englert

The following message was issued Friday by Tom Englert, Interim First Selectman of Chester:

The Town of Chester is readying plans to cope with hurricane Irene.  Chester’s Emergency Management Team held a conference call at 9:00 a.m. this morning to review the Town’s readiness and preparations for Hurricane Irene.  I am confident that all departments are fully prepared to the extent possible at this time.  Our Emergency Operations Center is monitoring the progress of the storm as it advances northward along the east coast and receiving updates from state forecasters.

As of the 11:15 a.m. update, from the State EOC, Irene is forecast to move up along the immediate East Coast and arrive in the Norwalk area around 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning as a Category I hurricane.  The first effects from Irene are expected to begin Saturday afternoon with light rain which is expected to become heavy at times by midnight.  Heavy rain is expected to continue from midnight on Saturday through the passage of the center of Irene by noon Sunday.  Expected rainfall is 7 to 9 inches.  Tropical storm force winds are expected to enter the state by midnight Saturday, increasing to hurricane force winds by daybreak Sunday. The height of the storm is expected to last from daybreak Sunday through noon Sunday.

Are you prepared?  There is an emergency preparedness link on Chester’s website that can help you prepare for this anticipated hurricane   The enclosed attachment also offers suggestions and guidelines for hurricane preparedness from the Red Cross.  Also, the State of Connecticut Info Line is available before, during and after the storm by dialing 2-1-1 for assistance. 2-1-1 will have up-to-date information about places to take shelter in the event of power outages, evacuation routes and more.

This link is provided by Chester’s Emergency Management Team and Director Joel Severance.  Be assured that this team has diligently reviewed our town’s emergency plans and are prepared to meet any emergency head on.