Ridgefield Town Hall: Preparing for Hurricane Sandy

Advice for prepping for the possible Halloween hurricane from the desk of Rudi Marconi


As we receive notice of the impending landfall of Hurricane Sandy, First Selectman Rudy Marconi would like residents to take time to remember the lessons learned from Hurricane Irene and be prepared to not only cope with the upcoming storm, but also manage personal safety in the midst of it.

The Ridgefield Emergency Operations Team recommends that residents do the following:

Make sure you have the following supplies...

  • A portable, battery-operated or hand-crank radio so that you can monitor local radio stations (WLAD-800AM, WREF-850AM, WCBS-880AM, WDAQ-98.3FM, WRKI-95.1FM)
  • Flashlights with fresh batteries. Use of candles is not recommended for safety reasons.


  • Extra batteries to last for several days. There may be no electricity after the storm.


  • A full tank of gasoline in your automobile. Never let your vehicle gas tank be less than half full during a hurricane or tropical storm threat. Gas stations may not have power during the storm. [Ed's note: Check our commute section for the cheapest gas prices in Ridgeifeld]


  • Canned goods and non-perishable foods—enough for three days. Store packaged foods which can be prepared without cooking and need no refrigeration. 


  • Refill needed prescription medications.


  • Drinking water—enough for three days. 

In addition, secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors. Bring pets indoors. Precautionary actions should begin immediately whenever a warning is issued.

If you have a cell phone, confirm that you will receive Town emergency Everbridge notices by logging onto www.ctalert.gov or call 860-920-3337 and update your profile information.

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. Learn how to shut off the gas and water in your homes and how to use equipment such as generators safely.

For more information on how to plan for an emergency, go to www.ready.gov or download the free Red Cross App.

Also be sure to check the town's website at ridgefieldct.org

Henry Glawson October 27, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Oh my! Is Rudy going to cancel Halloween again?? Is Thanksgiving going to be cancelled too? Can Rudy proclaim tomorrow "municipal Halloween replacement day due to Frankenstorm"?
Tom Falconieri October 27, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Is he going to shut off my power AGAIN OMG!!!
Rocking October 27, 2012 at 04:57 AM
I can't imagine we have any more dead or weak trees that can be knocked down. The two storms last year probably weeded the herd. I think this will be much ado about nothing. I heard a rumor that the schools are going to announce BEFORE the storm arrives, whether or not the schools will be closed AFTER the storm. What? Couldn't we just wait to see if there is any damage first? Wouldn't that make more sense?
S October 27, 2012 at 03:17 PM
My thought...Halloween should be rescheduled for Sunday....I doubt it is going to happen on the 31st. Trees...I still see a lot of dead ones...School(yes i am a parent)...already told my kids not to plan on school next week! Althhough..I REALLY HOPE FORECASTERS ARE WRONG...a little drama before is better than what we may (will???) get!


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