Town officials met Wednesday afternoon to plan in case Hurricane Joaquin, moving up the East Coast, affects town.

“We will continue to monitor this significant storm over the next few days,” First Selectman Michael Tetreau said. “It is anticipated that the storm could impact Fairfield late Sunday.” He said residents should montior local media outlets for updates.

The National Weather Service (www.weather.gov) as of Thursday warned: “Joaquin has strengthened into a hurricane and while there is still much uncertainty in its path, people along the U.S. East Coast should monitor the National Hurricane Center and local NWS forecast offices, as well as local media, for the latest updates and be sure to have a plan in place should Joaquin threaten their area.”

The storm could bring strong winds and heavy rain to Fairfield by the weekend, and Tetreau said the town’s Emergency Management Team is asking residents to check and clear storm drains, secure yard furniture that could become wind blown, check on elderly or disabled neighbors and gather supplies in the event of power outages.

Residents can also sign up for local Code Red alert messages on the town website — www.fairfieldct.org/codered. Storm-related announcements from the Emergency Management Team will be posted at www.fairfieldct.org/storm.

Information on local storm preparations can be found at www.fairfieldct.org/prepare.