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Canton Officials, Residents Prepare for Storm

Schools closed Friday.

The town is prepared for the upcoming storm and residents are urged to do the same, said Adam B. Libros, emergency preparedness director and fire marshal.

Town officials and department heads met Thursday morning, Libros said. Public works crews and emergency departments are ready, he said, and residents should prepare as well and be ready to stay home during the storm.

"People need to be prepared to stay off the roads," he said.

Some preparation tips from the town include: 

  • Stock up on food, water, batteries, medicines, blankets and heating fuel
  • Have on hand a battery operated, portable radio
  • Secure back-up heat sources, such as kerosene heaters.
  • Never use charcoal, gas, or propane heaters indoors

Many more tips can be found in the American Red Cross: Prepare Your Home and Family or the CT Guide to Emergency Preparedness.

The town has continued its overnight parking ban, schools are closed Friday and the library and transfer station will be closed Saturday. School and district offices are also closed Friday. 

The Canton Library will close at noon on Friday. 

Canton Senior & Social Services office will be open for inquiries and phone calls at (860) 693-5811.  Programs, Dial-A-Ride, Lunch and Special Events, however, are all canceled for the day.  

Libros said the town will continue to monitor the weather and possibility of outages to see if further action is required.

Town officials also urge people to have a plan to stay warm and safe in the event of outages. 

People can also follow @CantonCTInfo and sign up for emergency contacts via the state's reverse 911 system at www.ctalert.gov.

While snowfall predictions vary greatly, the National Weather Service has issued a blizzard watch for Canton as a powerful winter storm is expected to affect the region starting Thursday night and lasting into Saturday morning.

The blizzard watch will be in effect from Friday afternoon and continue through to Saturday afternoon.

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