The Town of Old Lyme is vulnerable from the force and strength of a hurricane hitting our shores. The Town’s Emergency Operations Plan covers response to many all-hazard type emergencies, from weather- related incidents to radiological occurrences. Local emergency shelter centers include the Lyme/Old Lyme Middle School and Center School. Other evacuation centers will be established statewide in the event of a major disaster.
Traditionally the United States East Coast hurricane season runs from June to November. Connecticut’s risk has been most prominent from August through October. This is when weather and ocean conditions are prime to support a tropical depression or hurricane coming up the east coast and threatening our shores. This year the National Weather Service is predicting a higher than normal season anticipating 15 tropical storms, 11 possible hurricanes and up to 4 major hurricanes.
Modern weather detection systems can often provide early warning advisories. Monitor local weather stations or National Weather Service for details. Advisories such as a Hurricane Watch are issued whenever a hurricane becomes a threat to our coastal areas. A Hurricane Warning is issued when hurricane sustained winds of 74 miles per hour or higher are expected in a specific coastal area within 24 hours.
Living in New England you should know how to respond to any severe weather activity that could occur in our area. By being prepared people can reduce the fear, anxiety, and losses that accompany disasters. Businesses, families, and individuals should know what to do in the event of a hurricane or severe storm.
What can you do to prepare for an oncoming large-scale storm?
Be aware of new forecasts and changing storm conditions, maintain an emergency preparedness kit, and secure your home and yard from the storm.
Secure yard items such as lawn furniture, garden tools, toys and BBQ grills so these items do not become flying objects during high winds. Have your home’s LP Gas tanks turned off and anchored so they don’t leak dangerous gas or float away in rising waters. Board up windows using storm shutters and duct tape. Damage to small windows is mainly from flying debris. Large windows may be broken by wind pressure. Although tape may not keep a window from breaking, it is an effective way of preventing flying glass.
You should also be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least three days. This may mean providing for your own shelter, first aid, food, water, and sanitation. Every family should have an Emergency Preparedness Kit on hand at all times ready to “Grab and Go’ in the event of the need to rapidly depart your home. The kit should contain basic items you would need for 36 to 48 hours away from your home, including:
·At least one gallon of water per person per day.
·Non-perishable food and pet food for at least 3 days.
·Flashlight with extra batteries.
·Battery powered radio with extra batteries.
·First Aid Kit.
·Medicine for at least 3 days including medications and copies of prescriptions.
·Baby supplies for at least 3 days.
·Copies of important papers (driver’s licenses, tax records, birth certificates etc.).
Sand & bags are available at the Town Public Works Garage on Machnik Drive off Hatchetts Hill Road.
Take care to avoid any electric wires that may come down.
Tropical storms and hurricanes create dangerous conditions in and around the water. Please exercise caution at public & private beaches in Town.
Should the need arise to open a shelter, the Emergency Management Director will designate the Lyme Old Lyme Middle School as a shelter for the public.
For more information regarding Hurricane Earl or personal preparedness, please visit our Emergency Management webpage