Currently the town of New Milford is monitoring and preparing for Hurricane Sandy's potential threat to Connecticut and encouraging residents to do the same.

Currently a Category 1 Hurricane, Sandy may intensify and grow in size as the storm begins to interact with an approaching winter type storm system. Sandy was expected to move northwest to a position just off the southern tip of New Jersey by Tuesday at 2 a.m.

Although the weather forecast is not certain the storm, will impact the state, we take preparation very seriously.

The Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) has offered the following preparedness tips:

Basic emergency supply kit:

• One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation;

• At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food;

• Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA weather radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both;

• Flashlight and extra batteries;

• First aid kit;

• A whistle to signal for help;

• Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation;

• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities;

• Can opener;

• Local maps;

• Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger.

Family emergency plan

• Identify an out-of town contact. It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.

• Be sure every member of the family knows the phone number and has a cell phone, coins or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact.

On a cell phone, program that person(s) as "ICE" (in case of emergency) in the phone.

If there is an accident, emergency personnel will often check ICE listings in order to get a hold of someone. Make sure to tell the family and friends who has been listed as emergency contacts.

• Teach family members how to use text messaging. Text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through.

• Connecticut now has a system that will send instant text alerts or e-mails to inform about severe weather, road closings, local emergencies, etc. To subscribe, go to www.ct.gov/ctalert to register for alerts.

• For more information, please visit website at www.newmilford.org or contact CT info-line at 211.

For more information on hurricane preparedness, visit ct.gov/hurricane.