Get Ready Capitol Region
Welcome to the Get Ready Capitol Region preparedness website!
With summer temperatures on the rise, the likelihood of a heat wave is also increasing. Heat waves have caused more deaths than all other weather events, including floods. While everyone is at risk for heat-related illness, young children, people with other medical conditions and the elderly are at greater risk. To protect your health when temperatures are high, it’s important to remain cool and use common sense.
Here are some more tips to keep safe:
•Hydrate with nonalcoholic and sugar-free beverages.
•Stay indoors, and, if possible, seek an air-conditioned shelter.
•Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
•Wear lightweight, light-colored, and loose-fitting clothing.
•Never leave someone in a closed, parked vehicle.*
*Closed, parked vehicles become hotboxes in the summer heat. Leaving persons unattended in extreme heat can be fatal, especially for infants. It is important that you plan and are prepared for heat waves to avoid disasters.
In the past decade alone, Hartford and surrounding towns have been affected by blizzards, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, drought, blackouts and heat waves. There is no better time than right now to prepare for the next disaster. During Hurricane Sandy the traffic to this web site was robust and our communities seemed to be better prepared. Being prepared makes a difference!
Residents need to be ready by following these three easy steps:
This website can help you:
- Learn about the hazards that threaten our community and steps you can take to reduce your risk
- Make plans that help you and your family to reunite, communicate, take shelter, or even evacuate, should a disaster strike
- Assemble and store a kit that ensures you and your family can survive for at least three days on your own
- Volunteer with a local organization to help before and after a disaster.
Calling all CERT members! The 8th Annual CERT Training program will be held Saturday, November 16 at the Connecticut Fire Academy. Classes include training on communications basics, shelter fundamentals, and more. Click here for more information and download this form to register by November 6.
Get Ready Capitol Region is celebrating one year of emergency preparedness in the Hartford region this month! In the past year, residents in the Hartford region have been given plenty of reasons to be aware, plan and prepare. From natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy and Winter Storm Nemo, to man-made disasters like the terrible school shooting in Newtown, it is clear that unexpected emergencies can and do happen in the region, and it is important that we take steps to prepare ourselves for these events. The good news is that more residents in the Hartford area are preparing every day. To date almost 1,500 of our emergency preparedness checklists have been downloaded! Have you downloaded yours yet? Here are a few essentials:
Disaster Supply Kit – Make sure you have all of the essentials in one place in case of an emergency.
Go Kit – In case of an emergency, you may have to evacuate suddenly. Check off all of your traveling essentials.
Pet Emergency Kit – Be sure you’ve thought of everything for your pets in case of an emergency.
Hazard Prep Checklists – Hurricanes, floods and winter storms. Learn what to do before, during and after each potential hazard in the area.
Functional Needs Checklists – For individuals with functional needs, some additional emergency planning may be necessary.
As we enter the spring and summer we enjoy seasons that are relatively hazard free with two potentially big exceptions; HURRICANES and FOREST FIRES.
Hurricane season in the Atlantic begins June 1st and ends November 30th. Now is a good time to review your hurricane preparedness. Just because we experienced Hurricane Sandy last year does not mean a similar storm isn't possible in 2013. If you are prepared for a hurricane, you are prepared for the most likely hazards in our area. Hurricane season weather can result in severe weather, thunderstorms, floods, power outages, and tornadoes. Specific checklists are available on this site for many of these conditions.
Forest fires are not usually a significant hazard in Connecticut, but dry conditions accompanied by winds that are favorable for spreading fires do exist at times. Home owners can help minimize the risks associated with fires by clearing dead brush and debris from around their homes. You should also stay informed of adverse fire conditions and heed any warnings to evacuate in the event fires threaten your community. Additional information on the current Forest Fire Danger Level is available from the Ct Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. As part of your preparedness you should conduct fire and emergency evacuation drills at least twice a year. At home, practice escaping from various rooms - particularly bedrooms - in the event a fire unexpectedly threatens your home and family.
Be aware that hurricanes and forest fires have the potential to cause significant property damage, injuries and fatalities.
Plan what your family will do if a hurricane or forest fire threatens your community. You should pick a place to meet if you’re in different locations, such as a friend or relatives’ house or shelter.
Plan who will check on neighbors who may be elderly or have special needs.
Prepare your home for a hurricane by downloading our Hurricane Hazard Prep Checklist. If you are living in a forest environment, please review these forest fire preparedness tips from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
Remember, Be Aware, Plan, Prepare!