Get Ready Capitol Region
Welcome to the Get Ready Capitol Region preparedness website!
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.
In recent years, 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. Thousands 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.
Winter in Connecticut can bring harsh, cold conditions that affect our health and travel. Be aware that our region can experience winter storms that can range from moderate snow falling over several hours to a blizzard that lasts several days.
Be aware that severe winter storms have the potential to cause significant property damage, injuries and fatalities.
That’s why it’s so important for everyone to plan and prepare.
Plan what your family will do if a winter storm watch or warning is issued. 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 by winterizing your home. Make sure furnaces and fireplaces are working properly and you have enough heating fuel.
And prepare by creating a winter storm kit for your home and car, including extra blankets, clothing and shovels. Here are a few items to consider (for more information, visit the PREPARE, Hazard Prep Checklists page under Severe Winter Storms):
- Ensure home heating systems are in proper working order
- Check smoke and CO2 detectors for proper operation
- Winterize your home and vehicles
- If you burn wood or other combustibles, make sure chimneys are in good working order
- In the event that power is lost, make sure generators are properly ventilated
- Read and comply with all precautions for heating devices used inside the home
- Don’t overload electrical circuits
- Don’t unnecessarily travel when travel conditions are bad. Check local radio and television reports for cancellations and delays in planned activities. If traveling by air, check with your airline for delays.
- Tune in to weather reports and stock up on supplies prior to bad weather so you don’t have to travel in harsh conditions
- If you do have to travel, take it easy and don’t travel too fast for road conditions.
Remember, Be Aware, Plan, Prepare!