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Declaration of Water Emergency

Severe Drought – Water Conservation Alert

August 29, 2022 – Mayor Dean Esposito issued a Danbury Alert regarding the ongoing severe drought that is impacting Danbury and the majority of the State of Connecticut. At this time, the Mayor’s Office is requiring all Danbury water customers to take the following actions:

  • All residential customers should voluntarily stop the irrigation of lawns and gardens
  • All non-residential and commercial customers, and all condominium and apartment complexes, should stop the use of irrigation systems effective immediately

They also ask that you postpone planting any new lawns or vegetation, fix leaky plumbing and fixtures, and discontinue washing vehicles and equipment.

The Danbury Water Department will be patrolling neighborhoods to monitor these irrigation restrictions.

Thank you for your cooperation in helping Danbury conserve water in these critical times.

You can find this Danbury Alert and future emergency notifications HERE.

Stage 2 Drought

July 14, 2022 – Governor Lamont approved a recommendation by the State of Connecticut Drought Working Group to declare a Stage 2 drought in all eight counties in Connecticut.

Residents and businesses across the state are being asked to voluntarily take the following measures to aid in minimizing future drought impact:

  • Reduce automatic outdoor irrigation
  • Postpone the planting of any new lawns or vegetation
  • Minimize overall water use by fixing leaky plumbing and fixtures
  • Discontinue washing vehicles and/or equipment
  • Follow any additional conservation requests issued by water suppliers or municipalities

You can find the full announcement HERE.


For more preparedness and safety information on drought and extreme heat please check out the “Disasters and Emergencies” page which contains numerous useful resources. On the page simply click on the disaster or emergency you wish to look at and the drop-down menu will expand to show the resources. You can navigate to this page by using the navigation panel to the side or by clicking HERE.

About 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 of the side of this page titled “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.

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

You can use the “Family Emergency Communications Planto 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 (MRE’s).

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.

First Aid Kit

Prescription medication

Battery-powered and/or hand crank radio (preferably one with the NOAA Weather Radio All Hazard and Public Alert ™ logos)

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.

Provide an emergency contact list that includes 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 of water in large plastic jugs with secure lids

Feeding instructions for each animal. Include foods to avoid in the event of individual animal allergies.

Provide copies of 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

Cage/carrier 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 to properly handle pet waste

Leash and collar or harness for each animal

Litter, litter pan, litter scoop

Muzzles (canine and feline)

Stakes or tie-outs

Get Prepared

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)