Emergency Management

While the northeast is not prone to the constant threat of hurricanes or earthquakes, they are possible and do occur. Also, almost every year, this part of the country is threatened with natural disasters either in the form of inclement winter weather or the occasional flood.

Whether the emergency is natural or manmade, it is prudent for a community to be prepared. The Department of Homeland Security has put together a list of suggestions for building your own Emergency Supply Kit. Click on the preceding link to see what's recommended.


Winter Weather

sleetAt some point during the winter residents of this district may be faced with severe winter weather. Weather can include freezing rain, subzero temperatures, and blizzard conditions accompanied by strong winds and heavy snow. Of primary concern is the winter weather's ability to knock out heat, power, or communications lines to your home or office, for an extended amount of time. The following are steps you can take to help prepare you for extended winter weather:


Floods

floodWhile flooding events are not as common in the northeast as they are in other parts of the country, they do occur none-the-less. Be prepared for flooding no matter where you live, but particularly if you are in a low-lying area, near water or downstream from a dam. Even a very small stream or dry creek bed can overflow and create flooding. Here are some things you can do to prevent damage before a flood occurs:

After a flood occurs:

For more information on preparing for other natural or man made disasters visit the United States Department of Homeland Security's web site Ready.Gov


Hurricanes

A hurricane is a giant tropical storm that originates in the southern Atlantic Ocean. It spirals counter clockwise and draws heat from the warm, moist southern atlantic ocean air. As it travels, it releases the heat and moisture in the form of condensation through thunderstorms. These thunderstorms bring very high winds and heavy torrential rains that in some cases can also spawn tornadoes. Many times, the torrential rains cause further damage in the form of floods and landslides.

 

The Following is information courtesy of FEMA and the American Red Cross
Preparing for a hurricane

Preparing for a hurricane is very much like preparing for any other natural disaster, with the following added precautions:

See FEMA's "How To" guides for protecting your property from flooding & high wind, And because hurricanes can cause flooding follow the guidance in the section above for flooding.

During a Hurricane

You should evacuate under the following conditions:

If you are unable to evacuate, go to your safe room. If you do not have one, follow these guidelines:

After the Hurricane

Recovering from a disaster is usually a gradual process. Safety is a primary issue, as are mental and physical well-being. If assistance is available, knowing how to access it makes the process faster and less stressful. This section offers some general advice on steps to take after disaster strikes in order to begin getting your home, your community, and your life back to normal.

Click on the links below for further Information:

Download the American Red Cross Hurricane Safety Checklist (Spanish)

Download the Food and Water Safety During Hurricanes, Power Outages, and Floods

Dealing with Private Drinking Water Wells After a Flood

EPA's Flood Cleanup Poster

CT DEP's Household Garbage & Storm Debris

After the Disaster: A Guide for Residents and Small Businesses About Managing Debris Waste

Capitol Region's Get Ready