Emergency Management

Office of Emergency ManagementAbout Us

The City of Danbury Emergency Management Office is responsible for the development and implementation of critical mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery activities to manage a unified approach to complex all hazard emergencies.

Our primary mission focuses on the development and continuous exercise of plans, protocols, and procedures that ensure the safety and security of our citizens.

These preparedness efforts contribute to our community's ability to maintain a state of readiness to effectively respond when a disaster, crisis or any other type of emergency strikes.

Be Prepared

A disaster or emergency may occur at any time. It is important to plan ahead so that you and your family know what to do when it occurs. The first step of the planning process involves learning about the various disasters and emergencies which may impact your area. You can follow the tab on the side of this page titled "Types of Disasters and Emergencies" to start learning about these events.

Make a Plan

Once you understand the types of disasters and emergencies that could affect your area you can begin to utilize the resources below to build out your plan. Ensure that every member of your household understands the plan since everyone may not be together when an event occurs.

The Ready.gov/Plan will help to outline what you should consider in order to build your plan.

You can use the "Family Emergency Communications Plan (PDF)" to fill out as your plan or use it as a guide to creating your own, specific to your needs.

Special considerations should be made for:

Build a Kit

When a disaster or emergency strikes you may need to survive on your own for several days. By building a preparedness kit it will help ensure that you and your family are prepared for whatever event may occur. The kit is a collection of basic items that your household may need during a disaster or emergency. You should build your kit to match your specific needs and make sure that everyone in the household knows where the kit is located. Additionally, remember to maintain your kit so it is ready for whenever you need it. Below are some recommendations for items to include in your kit.

  1. Home Emergency Preparedness Kit

Water

You should have supply for one gallon of water per person, per day. Have enough for a three-day supply for evacuation or a two-week supply for the home. Special considerations may cause a need to increase water supply if there are children, someone is nursing a baby, the weather is hot, there are pets, etc.

Food

You should have a supply of nonperishable food with enough for a three day supply for evacuation or a two week supply for the home. Ensure that the food doesn't have to be cooked or it has a self-contained heating implement such as in some camping meals or Meals, Ready to Eat (MREs).

If the food requires water to prepare, add additional water to your preplanned water supply.

Special considerations must be made for people with specific needs, such as children, the elderly, and those with various dietary restrictions/requirements.

Must-Haves for Your Kit

  • First Aid Kit
  • Prescription medication
  • Battery-powered and / or hand-crank radio (preferably one with the NOAA Weather Radio All Hazard and Public Alert)
  • Flashlight and glow sticks
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust mask (N95 or surgical mask)
  • Sanitation supplies
  • Garbage bags
  • Moist towelettes
  • Plastic ties
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Disinfectant
  • Tools
  • Wrench or pliers (to aid in turning off utilities, if needed)
  • Multi-tool
  • General toolkit based around specific needs/requirements
  • Manual can opener
  • Map(s) of the surrounding area
  • Cell phone charger
  • Plastic sheeting (for sealing gaps/vents when sheltering in place during specific emergencies)
  • Duct tape
  • Specialty items for children, the elderly, special needs, etc.
  1. Pet Emergency Preparedness Kit
  1. Vehicle Emergency Preparedness Kit
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