Officials in southwestern Connecticut are bracing for Hurricane Isabel

The predictions show the threat of Hurricane Isabel might not be as bad as feared just 24 hours ago, as shown in images supplied in the News 12 Connecticut Hurricane Isabel Center, but emergency officials in Bridgeport and Fairfield are not taking any chances. Tuesday, community officials focused on coordinating the manpower and equipment needed to handle a hit from Isabel.Every seat was taken in Bridgeport's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) as first responders, health care coordinators, public works teams and educational administrators took copious notes, and mapped out a plan. The EOC has been at a level one monitoring stage since Saturday; that would change quickly if Isabel comes to the region, especially if flooding prompted evacuations.Fairfield officials are also preparing for the worst. They have checked all the tide gates to make sure they're functioning properly for the storm, and they've checked the integrity of the dyking system that protects low-lying areas.Officials are reminding residents to have flashlights and batteries on hand, along with canned foods, bottled water, and prescriptions.

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