The City met wtih the EOC and as of 4 PM evacuations of low lying areas are no longer voluntary, they are mandatory. What this means is that the police are going door-to-door asking people to leave their homes. They will not forcably remove anyone, but they will ask you for your next of kin info and inform you that emergency vehicles may not be able to reach you if you are in trouble.
See map http://ow.ly/6etSZ which is being used by the City to determine low lying areas. You'll notice that this map combines Category I and Category 2 storm surges into one color code. The previous map we posted separates them out and also has a more current date (2008 vs. 2004). We don't know why the City chose the 2004 map over the 2008 map.
CHARGE YOUR CELL PHONES
Charge your cell phones and keep them charged. If you have a charger that works in your car's cigarette lighter, use that after the power goes out to recharge your cell phone. That is your lifeline to the police and your neighbors.
If you have left your home and want me to check on it after the storm, please call me at 203-521-0768. That's my cell phone and I do have a full tank of gas and thus can keep my phone charged. If you have an iPhone and need it charged after the storm and before the electricity comes back on, call me before your battery gets too low.
BLACK ROCK UPDATES
For the most up-to-date weather and news updates please check www.blackrockonline.org or www.facebook.com/blackrockconnecticut . I will try to send out more e-mails, but will post interim updates on these sites. I've also been following Mayor Finch's Twitter feeds at http://twitter.com/#!/MayorBillFinch