The Office of Civil Preparedness for the City of Danbury continuously receives support and updates for our Emergency Operations Plan from the State of Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Events throughout the last decade have redefined emergency response needs and planning at all levels of government. Being proactive in our approach and response to potential emergency events, both natural and man-made, is our priority. Our primary mission continues to be the development of plans, protocols, and procedures that assure the safety of our citizens. The department, with input from local, state, and national agencies, has made significant strides in preparedness, and has created a strong foundation for emergency management in our community.
This past year has been a quiet one for us allowing us time to review our Emergency Operations Plan and Department Annexes. The Annual State of Connecticut Exercise was conducted on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 with various City Departments Police, Fire, Health, EMS, I.T, Public Works, Ham Operators, and his Senior Staff along with the Mayor’s Chief of Staff, Dean Esposito, participating in the exercise. This Five Hour exercise continues to test our capabilities in responding to various situations. We have also completed and received approval from the City Council and FEMA Region 1 on the update to our Hazard Mitigation Plan, which is good until 2022.