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City participates in National Hurricane Preparedness Week

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Stamford, CT | Added on May 29, 2014 At 01:37 PM

With hurricane season around the corner, Stamford's public safety and health officials are taking measures to prepare.

Thursday morning city departments including police, fire and EMS and other agencies met to review hurricane and coastal storm procedures.  

"Just like we expect the residents to prepare, we're preparing here," said Stamford Director of Public Safety, Ted Jankowski.  

With storms that the city has experienced, like Hurricane Irene and SuperStorm Sandy, they say it's important to be ready.  

"This is when we start preparing.  This is when we go over our plans, our operational plans, continuity of operations," said Jankowski.  "We go over our emergency notification database for recall procedures, etc.  Check our generators.  If there's any issues with any of our equipment, we want to know now before the hurricane season begins."

"Stamford will continue to be designated as a location as one of the regional shelters in Connecticut," said Anne Fountain, Stamford director of health and social services, "But beyond that, our staff is prepared, as we've had to do, stand up more than one shelter and help staff the regional shelter if necessary."

Today's meeting falls during National Hurricane Preparedness Week, a public education campaign on hurricane hazards and what action to take during a storm.  Hurricane season begins June 1 and runs through November 30.  


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