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.
GOV. MALLOY BRIEFED ON EBOLA SITUATION
Ebola Outbreak in U.S. Unlikely
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy has been briefed on the Ebola situation by the state Health Commissioner Dr. Jewel Mullen. The Governor said that although the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the United States is very low, state health officials have been working to prepare should a case of Ebola be identified in Connecticut.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday confirmed the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States in a person who had traveled to Dallas, Texas from Liberia. The patient did not have symptoms when leaving West Africa, but developed symptoms approximately four days after arriving in the U.S. on September 20.
“CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden reassured the public that by upholding strong health care infection control measures and public health practices, the U.S. can ‘stop Ebola in its tracks,’” said Governor Malloy. “Our state health department has been working and communicating with federal and state partners to ensure those strong measures and practices are in place here in Connecticut.”
Governor Malloy said that for the past several months, Department of Public Health (DPH) staff have been closely monitoring the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and receiving guidance from the CDC. DPH has sent regular Ebola-related updates and guidance to medical professionals, local health directors, hospitals, and emergency medical services providers.
DPH has asked Connecticut hospitals to ensure they can detect a patient with Ebola, protect healthcare workers so they can safely care for the patient, and respond in a coordinated fashion. Hospitals have been asked to complete a detailed checklist for Ebola preparedness and return it to DPH later this month.
“Any acute care hospital in the state, by following well-defined, standard infection control measures and with the use of proper personal protection equipment, is capable of caring for an Ebola patient,” said Dr. Mullen. “We would not need to designate particular hospitals to care a patient who is infected.”
In May, DPH reviewed state and local preparedness to address a biologic event with local public health officials from across the state. This review included the requirements for a public health emergency declaration, and what actions state and local agencies could take following such declaration.
“Based on everything presented on yesterday’s CDC briefing, I do not believe that the patient diagnosed in Texas puts Connecticut residents at higher risk,” said Dr. Mullen. “We have expected that given the size of the West African epidemic, there would eventually be someone diagnosed in our country.
As we enter the spring and summer we enjoy seasons that are relatively hazard free with two potentially big exceptions; FLOODING and HURRICANES.
Flooding in the spring is very dependent on the seasonal weather. High snow packs with warm weather brings melting that can flood small streams that feed larger streams. Flooding of this nature doesn't happen fast and is forecast on local news channels with ample warning. Being prepared in advance helps to ensure better response when needed.
Hurricane season in the Atlantic begins June 1st and ends November 30th. Now is a good time to review your hurricane preparedness by going to http://getreadycapitolregion.org/en/be-aware/likely-hazards/hurricanes.
Also, consider this: If you are prepared for a hurricane, you are prepared for the most likely hazard 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.
Be aware that floods and hurricanes have the potential to cause significant property damage, injuries and fatalities.
Plan what your family will do if a hurricane or flood 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, flood or other disaster by using the checklists in the Hazard Prep Checklist page. From the HOME PAGE, go to STEP 3 - PREPARE, then go to HAZARD PREP CHECKLISTS.
Remember, Be Aware, Plan, Prepare!