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Ridgefield CERT wants residents to prepare for natural disasters differently because of pandemic

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association is predicting an active hurricane season this year.  The Ridgefield Community Emergency Response Team says the way residents need to prepare is different because of the ongoing pandemic.  The Ridgefield Office of Emergency Management recommends having a preparedness plan, which should include replacing supplies depleted due to COVID-19 response.  Due to the pandemic, Regional Red Cross Shelters, of which Ridgefield is one, will not be able to handle the normal amount of people who might need sheltering. Residents should plan to be self-sufficient and shelter in place for the first 72 to 96 hours.  If there is a need to evacuate because of a weather emergency, Ridgefield officials say a go-bag should now also include hand sanitizer, mask, gloves, and toilet paper. A photo record on a cellphone should include important documents like drivers license, insurance, prescription, passport, deeds and the like.

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