WOODBRIDGE — The State of Connecticut recently was battered with Hurricane Irene and Winter Storm Alfred, and many residents were left without electricity and other essentials for days.

The Town of Woodbridge wants everyone to be as prepared as possible for any other natural disaster Mother Nature has in store for us, so they are hosting an informative panel discussion on civil preparedness.

The presentation will be held Tuesday, Jan. 24 (snow date is Jan. 31), from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Woodbridge Senior Center, 4 Meetinghouse Lane.

Come and learn what you can do to keep yourself and family safe, about the Town’s emergency shelter, how the Woodbridge Senior Center can help in times of emergency, and learn what to do with your pets in an emergency situation.

Panel members will include: Ray Stuart, Deputy Chief of the Woodbridge Police Department; Mary Ellen LaRocca, Director of the Woodbridge Human Services Department; a Red Cross Representative; Leslie Balch, Director of Quinnipiack Valley Health District; Paul Niedmann, District Animal Control; and Vincent Lazzaro, Senior Project Manager of the United Illuminating Company.

The program is free of charge, but there is a $3 charge if one would like to attend the 12:30 lunch prior to the discussion. Call 203-389-3430 for reservations. This program is being sponsored by the Woodbridge Senior Center TRIAD-W.A.T.C.H, United Illuminating Company, Southern Connecticut Gas Company, and the complimentary dessert is sponsored by LifeTime Solutions.