Hurricane season tips

HARTFORD >> The state has issued tips for the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs June 1-Nov. 30, with the principle threat for Connecticut mid-August to mid-October.

The state has CTPrepares mobile app for smartphones and tablets, which can be downloaded free from the Apple iTunes store and the Google Play store. It provides residents with information and alerts in emergencies, and gives preparedness tips in advance of an emergency.

Since launching last year, the app has been downloaded on more than 10,000 devices.

The Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy have issued preparedness tips for residents:

Basic Emergency 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 nonperishable 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.

Also, a manual can opener for food (if kit contains canned food); local maps; cellphone with chargers, inverter or solar charger; food and litter requirements for any pets; medicine or any special need items, including diapers for infants.

Family Emergency Plan

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 “in case of emergency, ICE” number and has a cellphone, coins or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact. If you have a cellphone, program the ICE number into your phone.

If you are in an accident, emergency personnel will often check your ICE listings in order to get a hold of someone you know. Make sure to tell your family and friends that you’ve listed them as emergency contacts.

Teach family members how to use text messaging. 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. Plan ahead and pre-set a family group text conversation in your phones.

Subscribe to alert services. Go to to register for emergency alerts.

Protecting Possessions

Review your insurance policies, especially before the start of hurricane season.

Review the with an agent, or contact the Connecticut Insurance Department to understand what is covered and what your coverage limits are to ensure you are receiving adequate protection.

Keep your policies and insurance contact information in a safe place.

Make an inventory of your possessions if your property is damaged and you have to make a claim.