Letter to the Editor: Be Prepared!

By Bill Brennan


When I was a young lad, “Be prepared” was the Boy Scout’s motto and creed for living.

As a former scout, I quickly learned that preparation was important to accomplishing any objective in life.

Being somewhat older now and having attended emergency management seminars, I have learned from the professionals that preparation is considered to be 50% of effective emergency management!

Consequently, on behalf of the Board of Selectmen and the Town’s Emergency
Management Team, we are asking every citizen to do just three things to prepare for a potential serious community storm emergency:

1. Visit the Town website and click on “Emergency Preparedness Info” on the
home page. When the emergency preparedness page opens, click on the orange “Emergency Preparedness Guide” in the upper right corner. This guide will provide valuable emergency planning information.

2. In the guide, go to page 18 “Emergency Supplies Checklist”. Every household
should have on hand at least 3 days (and preferably 7 days) of non-perishable
packaged or canned food and water for each person in the household unit, and

3. Add your cell phone number to “Code Red” to receive emergency announcements.

The two major storms in 2011 demonstrated that power outages can occur that last for many days. As was reported, some residents in the central part of the state were without power for 10-11 days! In such cases, regional food and water supply shortages develop quickly. Therefore, the time to act is now. Be prepared.

While the Town of Wilton has conducted its own emergency planning drill and most recently, participated in a Connecticut statewide emergency management exercise, Town officials also expect citizens to help by making their own emergency preparations.

As we all saw last week, storms can be sudden and violent. Therefore, don’t wait another day. If you have not prepared sufficiently, add these tasks to the top of your “TO DO” list.

State officials and emergency management officials have all indicated that our area is overdue for a major storm and “hurricane season” is already here!

Take action now! Be prepared! Be ready!

Bill Brennan
First Selectman
Town of Wilton

Del Dridle August 06, 2012 at 11:08 AM
Well you gotta hand it to Bill; he pulled out his "be prepared and my town minions are doing a great job" letter earlier than expected.
EMR August 06, 2012 at 12:13 PM
I also learned as a Boy Scout not to test fire alarms without telling anyone beforehand.
EMR August 06, 2012 at 01:28 PM
or, maybe Bill can waste more taxpayers money by having Fireman Michelsen be the official Town Hall fire alarm testing supervisor.
Lorna August 06, 2012 at 02:18 PM
I wish Mr. Brennan expanded more upon what he and other officials have accomplished so that CL&P will be better prepared to liaise with local fire departments and departments of public works, plus out-of-state crews called in to help with clearing roads, removing felled trees and restoring power in the event of another severe storm. I don't feel at all assured that coordination among these various organizations will be improved and more capable of a well-strategized and smoothly executed response. No doubt there were other Wiltonians feeling frustrated as I did seeing teams of out-of-state power crews idling and awaiting their next assignment.
Wilton Resident August 06, 2012 at 04:19 PM
"....a young lad"..... I know our First Selectman is OLD, but who really uses the word LAD in a letter to the public? Another example of Bill not being in touch with the citizens of Wilton (average age of 40yo).
Amo Probus August 06, 2012 at 11:06 PM
They voted for Brennan and Clarke because they were republicians they voted for them again because they were idiots
Amo Probus August 07, 2012 at 12:51 AM
BB insists on running the MD steering committee. Be prepared for a doubling of the costs, continuing deceit and continued RTC -DTC weakness. Oh, and he'll want the new school to be named for him.
EMR August 07, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Any local politician comments from Toni and Gail regarding gun violence in Wisconsin and Colorado? (Bill, keep testing those fire alarms!)
Cathy September 18, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Snark tank!! While Bill and the others who have accepted the responsibilities of overseeing Wilton may not measure up to the standards of many, the concept of personal preparedness is note worthy...especially if one has little confidence in their local officials ability to insure that electricity and clear roadways will always be in existence along the yellow brick road.... What's in your pantry?


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