Severe storms are the most common disasters in this area and Connecticut Light and Power offers the following tips: Check medications that need refrigeration. You may want to keep a small cooler handy for that purpose. Have a supply of canned, non-perishable food and drinking water that will last a couple of days. Get extra ice and put it in plastic bags. This will help maintain the temperature in your refrigerator and freezer.

Set aside water. Fill the bathtub with water for toilets; a bucket in the bowl is all that’s needed for flushing. You can buy bottled water for drinking. Be prepared to cook outside, but don’t bring grills into the house.

Stock up on batteries for a battery-powered radio and flashlights, and have extra wood for fireplaces or wood stoves. Fill your car’s gas tank.

Unplug sensitive electrical equipment like computers and VCRs.

Stay away from downed power lines.

Wilton’s emergency shelter is usually at Miller-Driscoll School on Wolfpit Road. If the idea of staying at a shelter makes you uncomfortable, have prior arrangements set up so you can stay with friends or neighbors, or have the phone numbers and addresses of nearby motels readily available. Though, residents are encouraged to be prepared and have food, water, medicine supplies and other necessities on hand to shelter in their homes.