After the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Connecticut residents are watching with growing concern as a rare Category Five hurricane - Irma - takes aim at Puerto Rico and Florida.
But - pardon the selfishness of this question - what about us?
In fact, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy wants Connecticut residents to be ready for whatever may come our way this fall.
“The time to prepare for a storm is not when it’s days away,” Malloy said Tuesday.
Residents should have their insurance policies current and a supply of food, water, batteries, first-aid materials and any necessary medications, he said.
Granted, most current models do not project that Irma will touch Connecticut but, Malloy said, hurricane season could run “easily to Halloween.” As proof of the potential risk, he pointed to six major disaster declarations in the time he has been in office, including Superstorm Sandy and Tropical Storm Irene. These, he said, have steeled him for potential disaster.
If the images of Harvey aren’t enough incentive to heed his advice, think back to past events. The serious damage may have been confined to the shoreline but, here in central Connecticut, we lost power for longer than most of us like to remember. Stores quickly sold out of batteries and generators and many of us took refuge in shelters, if only to find a power source for our cell phones.
No one wants to repeat that but even our smartest scientists have yet to find a way to control the weather. All we can do is control what we do to prepare for it.
“We cannot and will not let our guard down,” Malloy declared.