Emergency Preparedness/Disaster Preparedness

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For people who want to prepare for the possibility of an emergency or a disaster in their community, these agencies offer information and guidance on how to prepare:

Connecticut cities and towns Emergency Management Office’s handle “Special Needs Registries”, which maintain information about residents who may require assistance in the event of a disaster. People with disabilities, people who cannot drive, and people who do not have access to transportation are included. Participation in the Special Needs Registry is voluntary. These lists are solely for the purpose of assistance in an emergency and will not be shared for any other reason. Here is a link to the cities/towns who have Special Needs Registries.

Preparedness Tips for Connecticut Residents With Disabilities and Older Populations:

Before, during and after disaster events, such as major storms, it is important to stay informed and have a plan. For tips, emergency kit planning, communications needs preparedness materials in different languages and more download the CT Prepares App .

Unexpected events can have deep and far reaching impacts, including financial.  For more information go to: http://www.smartaboutmoney.org/Portals/0/ResourceCenter/DisastersandFinancialPlanning-PreparednessGuide.pdf

Businesses can help keep their employees and business safe by having an Emergency Action Plan and a Business Continuity Plan. The following links will help businesses enhance or develop Emergency Action and Business Continuity Plans:

From Ready.gov: http://ready.gov/business

From the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/evacuation/index.html

GENERAL INFORMATION:
Information on preparing for specific types of disasters can be found at the following websites:

HURRICANES
American Red Cross
http://www.redcross.org/

National Hurricane Center
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english/disaster_prevention.shtml

USA.gov (United States government information website)

https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

THUNDERSTORMS

American Red Cross
http://www.redcross.org/

Federal Emergency Management Agency
http://www.ready.gov/

TORNADOES

American Red Cross
http://www.redcross.org/

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
https://www.spc.noaa.gov/faq/tornado/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/tornadoes/index.html

WINTER STORMS

American Red Cross
http://www.redcross.org/

Federal Emergency Management Agency
http://www.ready.gov/

TO FIND PROVIDERS IN CONNECTICUT’S COMMUNITY RESOURCES DATABASE:

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PREPARED BY: 211/ch
CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: August2021