First, read the article here to get the gist (from Hurricane Irene):
Second, be advised that the LPCT is on standby mode for this, and its members (as well as those who freely and independely participate in this without affiliation) are advised to be ready in the event that the anticipated hurricane causes a mass outage.
The operation will work exactly as it did the last time around, which was a resounding success. The first default dropoff and pickup point will be the same – Noon, at the park near Plainfield Town Hall on the first day after the anticipated hurricane passes.
We are on standby mode.
At this time, we need volunteers to facilitate drop and pickup points for Western, Central and Southeastern CT. Those who wish to assume this task should identify themselves and their respective drop and pickup points immediately. Such volunteers and their respectively designated drop/pickup points will be identified 24 hours prior to the antipated storm’s landfall, before any power is lost.
Standby mode means that you should start thinking about freezing ice and storing it in the event that power goes out so as to:
1) Participate in helping others who don’t have power
2) Having enough ice to keep your perishable foods refrigerated in the event power is not restored to you immediately
Execution mode requires as much freezer and cooler space in addition to as many containers of water as you can spare. I am notifying you all in advance that execution mode occurs at least 24 hours before the hurricane will in fact hit New England with strong winds and rain. It will take at least this long based, on our previous experience, to freeze enough containers of water to make a difference for 3-4 families that don’t have power or one that won’t have power for at least a week.
This time, we are encouraging people to store water in spare containers in addition to freezing ice for use, and those spare water containers will work on the same principle as ice handout. Also, this time, we have advanced notice in addition to a tried and proven system to make this work.
Be further notified that this is not a government sponsored program or effort. It is a good samaritan program and effort based on volunteers. If you’ve got what it needs, drop it off. If you need what it has, come pick up only what you need. It helped dozens of families on last time, and this time it has so much more potential with your advanced participation and preparedness.
We need volunteers in advance to locate more public locations throughout Connecticut to implement this program and facilitate the distribution of ice and water. If you can help, please post a comment letting us know who you are, where people can come to recieve and drop off ice, and what time(s) you plan to be there.