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For Immediate Press Release
RIDGEFIELD: August 2, 2020: HEAVY RAIN AND STRONG winds are probable for Ridgefield beginning late Monday with passing bands increasing to tropical storm strength by Tuesday afternoon. Tropical Storm Isaias is a quick mover and should be through our area by early Wednesday morning. Two-to-four inches of rain are expected in our area, and 4-to-8 are expected west of New York City.
The National Weather Service said on Sunday that bands of rain will arrive in our area late Monday; however, they will stay moderate through the day. The bands will increase in intensity until Tuesday afternoon when both wind and rain will become a steady state until early Wednesday morning. Ridgefield could expect 45 to 50 mph steady state winds with gusts between 50 & 60 mph.
NWS briefers noted that this storm will bring winds from the south if it stays on track. Historically, Connecticut sees greater tree and wire damage when winds come from the south rather than the north and northwest, as is the case with nor’easters and offshore tropical storms.
Emergency Manager Dick Aarons advises businesses and residents to remove or stabilize tents and secure outdoor furniture and unanchored equipment that could become dangerous missiles in strong winds. “We should expect power outages,” said Aarons, “and Eversource has already warned that its restoration times may be slower than usual because of pandemic precautions.”
It is important, said Aarons, that families be prepared to shelter in place and to have food, water and medications on hand for family and pets. Ridgefield Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has advised all Ridgefielders to stock three-to-five days of emergency supplies at all times in preparation for weather or other emergencies. Be sure your information at CTAlert is up to date and watch for additional updates.
- Sign up for CTAlert for accurate, timely, Ridgefield specific information by going to www.ctalert.gov or to www.ridgefieldct.org.
- Make sure to follow manufacturer’s recommendations when setting up portable generators. Generators should be serviced and tested annually.
- Replace back up supplies exhausted during the COVID shelter-in-place orders.
- Important phone numbers--All Emergencies: Dial 911. (Text to 911 is now available in our area but voice calls should be made whenever possible.)
- Ridgefield Police: 203-438-6531
- Ridgefield Fire: 203-431-2724
- CT Info Line: 211
- Eversource: 800-286-2000
- Comcast: 800-266-2278
- Frontier: 800-921-8101
For Immediate Release: July 13, 2020
August 11, 2020 Primary Voting Choices
Ridgefield, CT, July 10, 2020 -- Governor Lamont Signed an Executive Order in May allowing all eligible Connecticut residents to vote absentee in the August 11 Primary Elections. Last week the Secretary of State mailed absentee ballot applications to all registered Democratic and Republican voters.
However, the polls will be open for in-person voting for the August 11 primary, should you decide to cast your ballot in person. All three Ridgefield districts will vote at East Ridge Middle School, 10 East Ridge, from 6 am until 8 pm. CDC guidelines will be followed for poll workers as well as voters. Face coverings will be required and surface sanitizing will occur regularly throughout the day.
Residents who choose to vote by absentee ballot must complete the application and mail it to the Town Clerk. The ballots will be mailed beginning July 21 (the date the ballots can officially be mailed to voters) to all who submitted the application. Upon receiving the official absentee ballot, the following steps must be followed: A) complete the absentee ballot by filling in the oval next to your choice using a black pen; B) insert the completed ballot into the B inner envelope, seal and sign it; and then C) put it in the outer envelope. It can be mailed to the Town Clerk or deposited in the official ballot receptacle located at the Bailey Avenue entrance of Town Hall. All ballots must be received by 8 pm on August 11. Contact the Town Clerk's office for further information.
Hurricane Preparedness During a Pandemic
CONTACT: [email protected] BEVERLY BARNARD - CERT VOLUNTEER
RIDGEFIELD, CT, JUNE 15, 2020, 4PM:
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) reports that this year (June 1 thorough November 30) will be an active one. This, coming on the heels of the ongoing pandemic changes the way residents need to prepare. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) from the Ridgefield Office of Emergency Management (OEM) recommends that the community gets ready by making a preparedness plan. This includes replacing supplies depleted during the pandemic and gathering enough supplies to last an extended period should we experience a serious weather event in Ridgefield.
Please note the following information:
- Due to the pandemic, Regional Red Cross Shelters, of which Ridgefield is one, will not be able to handle the normal amount of people who might need sheltering. Residents should plan to be self-sufficient and shelter in place for the first 72 to 96 hours.
- Your emergency plan should include one gallon of water per person per day for 7 to 14 days; non-perishable and easy to prepare food for 7 to 14 days; and medications, pet supplies, portable radio, lantern, extra batteries, an extra phone charger, cash on hand, and a full tank of gas.
- Have a “go bag” ready if there is a need to evacuate. This year, due to Covid-19, it is advised to include hand sanitizer, mask, gloves, and toilet paper. While shelter availability will be very limited and restricted, you still need to make a plan in case you have to evacuate in a hurry. Remember to update your go bag, especially outdated medications. Keep a photo record on your phone of important documents ie, license, insurance, prescription, passport, deeds etc.
- Make a family plan: Where will you meet if you are separated? Have an out of town contact person who can update family members and share information.
- Make a pet plan: Have pet needs including rabies certificates in case of evacuation.
- Be house ready. Trim trees and shrubs and assess other potential hazards around your home. Have generators inspected and make sure those that are portable are used in a safe location—away from the house. Check your manufacturer’s directions.
- To stay safe and informed during this hurricane/pandemic season, keep this information handy:
- Register at www.CTAlert.gov to get local emergency notifications.
- Follow our local Office of Emergency Management communications:
- Twitter @Ridgefield OEM, Facebook: Ridgefield Office of Emergency Management page.
- Town of Ridgefield website: www.ridgefieldct.org and on Facebook: Town of Ridgefield
- Monitor local radio stations: 850AM-WREF; 800AM-WLAD, 880AM-WCBS, 98.3FM-WDAQ, 95.1FM-WRK1.
- Keep important phone numbers readily available including Eversource to report power outages: (800)286-2000.
- To learn more about how to prepare your home, your family and your community go to: www.ready.gov website or follow Ready Gov page on Facebook; www.redcross.org website or follow American Red Cross Facebook page.
Ridgefield is ready for this year’s hurricane season.
Now is the time to make sure that you and your family are ready too.
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