News from Representative Larson

Dear Friends- 

In preparation of Hurricane Henri, I stand ready to work with federal, state, and local officials to assist residents in need. Henri is expected to make landfall in Connecticut on Sunday, and it is important to be as prepared as possible. The Connecticut Red Cross has a checklist to ensure you are prepared for a hurricane or severe storm, which you can view here.  

Here are some resources to keep in mind before, during, and after this storm.  

FEMA Resources: 

Please visit or (Spanish) or FloodSmart to learn how you can keep yourself, your families, and your pets safe.  

The FEMA app is available in both English and Spanish and is free to download.  The FEMA app will provide emergency alerts and real-time safety notifications, emergency preparedness tips and disaster resources. The app is available for Apple and Android devices. 

FEMA urges people NOT to drive through flood waters. Almost half of all flash flood deaths happen in vehicles. 

Shelter Needs: 

If you are in need of emergency shelter because of damage to your home caused by the storm, you can contact the CT Red Cross by calling 877-287-3327. 

Outage Updates: 

For the latest information from Eversource you can visit their website, Twitter, or Facebook pages. If you are experiencing an outage you can call Eversource at 1-800-286-2000, or text ‘OUT’ to 23129, or report it here. And for your safety, please stay far away from any downed wires and report them to 911. 

For the latest information from your local municipalities, please visit their social media pages or websites. 

Food Safety: 

When in doubt, throw it out. If you have experienced a power outage the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends the following when it comes to food safety: 

  • The refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours if it is unopened. 
  • A full freezer will keep the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed. 

For more recommendations from the FDA when it comes to food safety during power outages and flooding please visit their website here

Generator Safety: 

If you are using a generator while waiting for your power to be restored, please be careful and watch for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Here are some safety tips from the Center for Disease Control: 

  • Never use a gas range or oven to heat a home. 
  • Never leave the motor running in a vehicle parked in an enclosed or partially enclosed space, such as a garage. 
  • Never use a generator, pressure washer, or any gasoline-powered engine inside your home, basement, or garage or less than 20 feet from any window, door, or vent. Use an extension cord that is more than 20 feet long to keep the generator at a safe distance. 
  • When using a generator, use a battery-powered or battery backup CO detector in your home. 
  • Never run a generator, pressure washer, or any gasoline-powered engine inside a basement, garage, or other enclosed structure, even if the doors or windows are open, unless the equipment is professionally installed and vented. Keep vents and flues free of debris, especially if winds are high. Flying debris can block ventilation lines. 
  • Never use a charcoal grill, hibachi, lantern, or portable camping stove inside a home, tent, or camper. 
  • If conditions are too hot or too cold, seek shelter with friends or at a community shelter. 
  • If CO poisoning is suspected, call 911 or your local Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 or consult a health care professional right away. 

If you are having trouble navigating the above resources, you can contact my Hartford office at (860) 278-8888.  

John B. Larson
Member of Congress


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