Emergency (Civil) Preparedness
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Emergency/Civil Preparedness is responsible for coordinating all governmental and private sector activities in times of man-made or natural disasters, and serves as a member of the Local Emergency Planning Committee. The office is very active in planning for manpower, equipment and community needs. This involves continual updating of information, regulations and equipment. The office conducts constant checks of materials and equipment, including the town warning sirens. It trains and re-certifies radiological monitors with emphasis on peacetime accidents involving hazardous materials. In disaster situations, the office updates information and instructions to citizens via its radio station WPII600 (1570 AM) and its disaster information telephone number (652-7578). When needed, the Office establishes and maintains shelters during disasters. Emergency Management also has a state-of-the art mobile telecommunications van equipped to function as back-up should the Town's main system fail.
Community ActivitiesAlthough the Emergency Management Staff gathers at the Office-EOC to monitor and assist with various storms etc., it also has a schedule of community activities which are also treated as "training exercises". Activities include monthly and special staff meetings, training and seminar sessions with the CT Department of Emergency Management & Homeland Security (DEMHS), the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG), the Federal Government, and adjacent towns.
The Point of Distribution Drills (POD) and exercises with neighboring Towns prepare for the distribution of antidotes for the populous, as well as participation in the yearly Apple Fest for inter-operability purposes.
Additionally, participation in various parades including the Memorial Day Parade, St. Patrick's Day Parade and Veteran's Day Ceremonies, as well as the Summer Music Series at our Riverfront Park and other events occurs as required. The Department also involves various Scouting Organizations and Service Organizations who can assist at various times with training in an actual localized training event such as the annual Santa’s Run or Apple Harvest and Music Festival. This provides a resource of person power to assist in the mitigation of real emergency situations.
Maintaining close contact with the CT River Valley Chamber of Commerce provides a vehicle by which the business community members will have a known point of contact for accurate information in times of major emergency situations that may impact their business operations. This involvement transcends other relationships for continued community enhancement.
As part of our community involvement, Emergency Preparedness personnel maintain contact with the various civic organizations to keep them apprised of the latest emergency/disaster developments
The mission of the Office of Emergency/Civil Preparedness is to coordinate all emergencies activities in times of man-made or natural disasters.
Goals and Objectives
- Maintain viable Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program
- Work closely with the State Department Of Emergency Management Homeland Security (DEMHS)
- Continue NIMS & other staff training
- Implement equipment improvements and training for enhancements
- Continue monthly testing of the Town Public Warning Siren System
- Continuing involvement in the Town's telecommunications system
- Maintain up-to-date awareness in Emergency Management and Homeland Security via the Director and Staff attending seminars and training given by Local, Regional, State, and Federal resources