A public forum is planned tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 25) for Fairfield residents to sound off on how emergency services and the power company responded to Tropical Storm Irene.

Even though Irene was downgraded to a tropical storm from its fierce status as hurricane when it slammed the East Coast in North Carolina, it caused havoc Aug. 28 along the town's shoreline and blacked out power to thousands in town for days.

"I encourage citizens to attend this important feedback session to give town officials input so that Fairfield can better serve its citizens and be even more prepared for future emergency and storm events," said interim First Selectman Michael Tetreau in announcing the forum.

The forum gets under way at 7 p.m. today in the Board of Education offices at 501 Kings Highway East.