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TROPICAL STORM HENRI – Message from 1st Selectman Cathryn Silver-Smith

The Governor has declared a state of emergency in advance of Tropical Storm Henri. As you prepare for the storm, please remember:

  • Call 911 to report downed lines and roads blocked by a fallen tree, utility pole or debris. The dispatcher will contact the appropriate Ashford and state emergency resources for the situation.   
  • Call 860.286.2000 to report an Eversource power outage (or follow this link for more options:…/storm…/during-a-storm. The higher the number of people who report an outage in an area, the higher the priority that Eversource assigns to resolve it.

Some hurricane preparedness tips:

Recommended items to include in a basic emergency supply kit

 One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation

  • At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • A whistle to signal for help
  • Garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • A manual can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
  • Food and litter requirements for any pets
  • Medicine or any special need items, including diapers for infants
  • Cleaning supplies that disinfect for COVID-19 and face masks should they be needed at a shelter

Family emergency plan 

  • Be sure you and family members are aware of local shelter locations and your evacuation zone, especially if you live along the shoreline.
  • Identify an out-of-town contact. It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.
  • Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and has a cell phone, coins, or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact.
  • Plan ahead and pre-set a family group text conversation in your phones. Text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through, and it uses less battery life.
  • Subscribe to alert services through CTAlert. Go to to register.

Connecticut residents are encouraged to download the state’s CTPrepares app for mobile devices. The app, which can be downloaded at no charge from the Apple iTunes store and the Google Play store, provides information that is useful in emergency situations and gives preparedness tips in advance of an emergency.

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