YOUR VIEW: What to do to prepare for a hurricane

Published on Wednesday, 21 June 2017 21:02
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To the Bristol Community:

As the summer hurricane season approaches, it is time to take a look at how prepared we are for it. We have just experienced another relatively mild winter and thoughts of hurricanes and their impact on our city are far from our minds, “hurricane amnesia” has set in. We must take steps to enhance our community’s resilience and sustainability in the coming year. Many of us take for granted what we have in Bristol and think that someone else will always be there for us in times of emergency and disaster. While our first responders do an excellent job of providing these services, we need to look within to be able to help ourselves and others in the community to be prepared when a potential disaster strikes. You must be prepared to shelter in place for at least three days if the power goes out. You must have enough water, food and medications for your family.

You can be a tremendous help to the community and yourselves by being aware of weather situations, making a family communications plan, have emergency kits for all members of the family, your pets and elderly persons living with you. Be ready to carry out your plan should the need arise.

You can join a group whose motto is “neighbors helping neighbors.” The Bristol CERT is an active group of volunteers proud to do just that, being there for our neighbors and our community in times of need, doing the right thing at the right time for the right reason. We are trained and ready to assist our first responders and fellow Bristolites and anyone else in need during natural and man-made disasters that may strike our community. We are always looking for new members with these same ideals and purposes.

If you are interested in attending a meeting, see what we do and what we can do for Bristol, join us on the second Wednesday of the month downstairs in the main Library at 6:30 p.m. to meet your fellow citizens with the same goals. Check out the Bristol CERT; look at our website at BristolCERT.com for further information as to what our mission is, what events we participate in for the city and how we train for any eventual disaster to strike our city.

We are looking forward to seeing you at our next meeting or you may contact me directly at harleygraime@bristolct.gov.

Harley Graime, director

Emergency Management

City of Bristol



Posted in The Bristol Press, Letters on Wednesday, 21 June 2017 21:02. Updated: Wednesday, 21 June 2017 21:04.