With the news of Hurricane Isaac's path similar to Katrina's through the gulf, local officials are reminding residents of the devastation from a natural disaster. After Katrina, Ridgefield adopted a so-called "sister city" in Mississippi to send donations and funds for disaster relief. First Selectman Rudy Marconi says they've worked to solve some problems from Connecticut's experience with Tropical Storm Irene.
Marconi urged residents to not wait for another storm to put together emergency kits and evacuation plans. He notes that the town has been working with Northeast Utilities to secure a crew in advance of storms to be stationed with the highway department.
But Ridgefield has put together a plan that Marconi says will do the best possible job for residents without depending on outside help. He notes that if the past is any indication of the future, outside help won't necessarily be there.