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.
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.
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.
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
- Wrench or pliers (to aid in turning off utilities, if needed)
- 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.
- Emergency contact list
- Include your personal information and contact information of the neighbor(s) and your veterinarian
- Two-week supply of food
- Dry and/or canned
- Manual can opener
- Spill-proof food and water dishes
- Two-week supply in large plastic jugs with secure lids
- Feeding instructions
- Include one for each animal. Include foods to avoid in the event of individual animal allergies.
- Veterinary records and proof of ownership
- Registration papers, rabies tag, certificates, digital or color photographs, etc.
- Pet First Aid Kit
- Pet medications
- List each animal separately and include the name of the drug, dosage ad frequency of administration. For drugs requiring special handling (i.e. refrigeration), indicate where the drug is located so the rescuer may easily access the medication
- Include for each animal. Each should be labeled with the pets’ information as well as your contact information. Carriers should be large enough for the pet to stand and turn around in.
- Familiar items to make the pets feel more comfortable
- Newspaper for bedding
- Paper towels
- Heavy-duty trash bags
- Cleaning and disinfectant materials
- Leash and collar or harness
- Litter, litter pan, litter scoop
- Muzzles (canine and feline)
- Stakes or tie-outs
- Drinking water
- Non-perishable snacks
- First aid kit
- Seat belt cutter and window punch
- Jumper cables
- Flares or reflective triangle
- Car cell phone charger
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Ice scraper
- Snow shovel
- Cat litter or sand (for better tire traction)
In Case of Emergency Dial 911
- Danbury Hospital Emergency Department
Danbury Hospital Website
- Poison Control
Phone: 800-222-1222 (24-hour, toll-free)
Phone: 866-218-5372 (hearing impaired)
UCONN Health Site
- United Way 211 for Essential Resources
United Way 211 Site
- CityLine 311 for City Service Requests
Phone: 311 (Mobile: 203-744-4311
- Call Before You Dig
Phone: 811 or 800-922-4455
Call Before You Dig Site