September has been designated as National Preparedness Month. In recent years, the fall and winter months have been hard on our community. With that in mind, brochures and pamphlets are available in various locations in town that will help townspeople to prepare themselves for sheltering in place by taking care of themselves and their family in their homes. The materials available refer to caring for the elderly and also the disabled while also giving several emergency supply lists. There are also some booklets to help children prepare and deal with emergencies.
These materials are available in six locations in town. Our two hardware stores, Ace Hardware and Stepney Hardware (both on Main Street) have the materials available as well as the Senior Center at 235 Cutlers Farm Road. The Edith Wheeler Memorial Library and the Lobbies at the Town Hall and the Police Department also have the materials available for the public. Some of the brochures are provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and others have been provided by Connecticut Light and Power.
Town residents are also encouraged to sign up for CodeRed which is the town’s emergency notification system. Warnings can be sent to home phones, cell phones and emails if the family wishes. Residents should sign up through the Town of Monroe’s website where there is an icon for CodeRed.
Winter weather is often unpredictable so townspeople are encourage to make plans to be sheltered in place for three to five days if at all possible. The emergency services of our Town are always ready to respond but sometimes conditions are so extreme that they may have some difficulty in answering calls.
Besides the materials available, if someone wants to research further an excellent source for general emergency information is ready.gov. This information is being provided by our Town’s Emergency Management Director David York and Deputy EMD Captain Michael Flick. Mr. York is available at firstname.lastname@example.org.