Goodnight, Irene

An op-ed from the desk of Ridgefield's First Selectman Rudy Marconi

Just a little over a year ago, through and in its wake left a list of casualties from the trees it took down, to the people it left powerless for up to ten days. September is National Preparedness month and with hurricane season in Connecticut still underway (June 1 through November 30), this is a good time to remind residents how to best prepare their homes and their families for emergencies.

The Ridgefield Emergency Operations Team, organized in 2007 by career officers and volunteer members of the Department of Emergency Management, a component of the Ridgefield Fire Department, recommends that residents do the following:  


  • Be Informed:  Understand the potential dangers in this part of the country, which often include extended power outages.  Have important phone numbers on hand and list your own numbers with CT Alert to receive town emergency Everbridge notices. (www.ct.gov/ctalert  or 860-920-3337.)  Don’t forget to list your cell phones too.  Know the location of Message Boards if landlines, cell, and internet are unavailable.
  • Build a Kit:  Create an emergency kit, which should include important papers and medications.  For a complete list of items to keep in your kit, go to www.ready.gov.  There are numerous ready-made kits also available for purchase if you don’t want to build your own.  Store emergency supplies, water, and non-perishable food, enough for at least three days.  Plan for those with special needs, children, infants, and seniors and don’t forget about pets.  They too need food and water.  Keep gas tanks filled and some extra cash on hand in case ATMs and banks aren’t open.
  • Make a Plan:  Plan ahead where your family will meet in an emergency and talk about how you will communicate, particularly if internet, phone and cell service are unavailable.  Have a battery-powered radio with extra batteries on hand with a list of local radio and television stations on hand. Learn how to shut off the gas and water in your homes and how to use equipment such as generators safely.
  • Get Involved:  Consider joining CERT (Community Emergency Response Team).  Organize your neighborhoods to check on each other and to have a neighborhood spokesperson who can liaison with town officials.


For more information on how to plan for an emergency or how to get involved, please email demd@ridgefieldct.org

Eileen August 27, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Gee, thanks Rudy....pffft.
Tom Falconieri August 27, 2012 at 10:48 AM
AND HAVE A GUY LIKE RUDY SHUT YOUR POWER OFF. I had power after the storm along with others. Rudy decided to shut down the power. I got it back after 8 days. I spoke to a person from the power company that came to ridgebury and said the power should not have been shut down!!! Rudy does not have a clue!!!
John Symon August 27, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I'm still waiting for a Ridgefield public hearing on the town's response. While Rudy took full opportunity to testify in Hartford, he denied our residents the opportunity to discuss the woeful response under his leadership.
sebastian dangerfield August 27, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Disagree John. From what I understand, Rudy helped to edit the 2nd to last bullet point. Originally it said " Discuss with your family ....." Rudy revised it, to "Plan ahead......" So to say he has not participated, would be grossly exaggerated . These are helpful tips, most of which , no one would have ever considered before. Prior to this article, the idea of being informed and bracing for extended power outages, never occured to me. This is valuable.
hoco August 27, 2012 at 08:50 PM
If I recall correctly, Rudy's first response last year was to praise the work that CL&P was doing...incredible, but not unexpected from the person who turned off the electricity to the 9% of the town that made it through the storm.
sebastian dangerfield August 27, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Whispered also at Town Hall, is the idea that an art collector is considering donating hundreds of generators to the town. The donor is anonymous, but hopefully, at election time, you will remember that Rudy is arranging this. In fact, Rudy is in talks with yet another art collector, who may cover the entire Town of Ridgefield budget for 2 years. This person is also annoymous, but it depends on Rudy being reelected.
Rudy August 27, 2012 at 11:06 PM
thank you Yenta Cruz.
sebastian dangerfield August 27, 2012 at 11:44 PM
thanks stalker you ever have anything other to do, but stalk me?
Rudy August 28, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Yuk yuk yuk, this from the Yenta who posts all day and night? Luca Duff Cruz 2:22 am on Monday, August 20, 2012
Craig Donofrio (Editor) August 28, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Please refrain from harassment in the comments. Thank you.
Tom Falconieri August 28, 2012 at 01:35 AM
BINGO RUDY STEPPING IN ON SOMETHING HE HAS NO BUSINESS DOING OR GIVING THEM ADVICE. It cost me hundreds in gas for my generator. Did Rudy reimburse me for his decision NO!!! And why did he ask CL&P to shut down the power to RIDGEBURY??? He never answered that question. And if he did he would have LIED ANY WAY!!!


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