Town Starts Twitter Account, Updates Web site, Further Prepares for Storm

Residents urged to play it safe.

Canton further prepared for storm Sandy Friday, both in its communication capabilities and direct preparation. 

While acknowledging that the exact impact is unknown the town continued its preparations Friday with the motto that it's better to prepare for the worst. 

That meant checking generators, getting chainsaws sharpened, fueling up vehicles and more. On the communications side, the town has put storm links on its web site and started a twitter.

"I think we've got ourselves in a position of readiness," First Selectman Richard Barlow said. "We'll continue to ramp up as we get more information over the next couple of days." 

Town staff spent much of Friday morning handling other tasks, such as contacting potential volunteers, checking staffing levels for the storm, coordinating with Connecticut Light and Power, sharpening chain saws and preparing road signs, Barlow added.

Town officials also reiterated the need for people to prepare and be ready to stay at home for a few days if need be. 

"We're encouraging everyone to get prepared well in advance," said Police Chief Christopher Arciero. 

The town also encourages residents to sign up for the state's emergency notification system and take further precautions. 

The state's web site also has numerous preparedness tips.  


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