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Terrorists are working to obtain biological, chemical, nuclear and radiological weapons and the threat of an attack is very real.

The Department of Homeland Security is working hard to strengthen our Nation's security. Whenever possible, we want to stop terrorist attacks before they happen. All Americans should begin a process of learning about potential threats so we are better prepared to react during an attack. While there is no way to predict what will happen, or what your personal circumstances will be, there are simple things you can do now to prepare yourself and your loved ones.

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Learn More About Emergency Preparedness

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Ready Brochure (.pdf)

Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling a supply kit and developing a family communications plan, are the same for both a natural or man-made emergency. However, as you will see by using the links below, there are important differences among potential terrorist threats that will impact the decisions you make and the actions you take. With a little planning and common sense, you can be better prepared for the unexpected.

Read the information below and click on the links to the Ready America website. This information will help you to make informed decisions in the event of a threat or disaster.

GET A KIT 

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust Mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

MAKE A PLAN

  • Identify an out-of town contact. It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.
  • Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and has a cell phone, coins, or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact. If you have a cell phone, program that person(s) as "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) in your phone. If you are in an accident, emergency personnel will often check your ICE listings in order to get a hold of someone you know. Make sure to tell your family and friends that you’ve listed them as emergency contacts.
  • Teach family members how to use text messaging (also knows as SMS or Short Message Service). Text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through.
  • Subscribe to alert services. Many communities now have systems that will send instant text alerts or e-mails to let you know about bad weather, road closings, local emergencies, etc. Sign up by visiting your local Office of Emergency Management web site.

BE INFORMED

Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as making an emergency supply kit and developing a family communications plan, are the same for both a natural or man-made emergency.

However, there are important differences among potential emergencies that will impact the decisions you make and the actions you take. Learn more about the potential emergencies that could happen where you live and the appropriate way to respond to them.

In addition, learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government.

Emergency preparedness is no longer the sole concern of earthquake prone Californians and those who live in the part of the country known as "Tornado Alley." For Americans, preparedness must now account for man-made disasters as well as natural ones. Knowing what to do during an emergency is an important part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.

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View and print a copy of the FEMA brochure "Preparing Makes Sense. Get Ready Now." Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.

For more Information call, 1-800-BE-READY


Emergency Preparedness: Ridgefield Disaster Awareness
 

Ridgefield’s Emergency Operations Team has worked hard to prepare our town for every possible disaster. They have assessed each emergency situation and prepared accordingly. We want to keep you informed on what the town has done to prepare, and this is just the beginning.

Communication is most important during an emergency and Ridgefield has worked hard to ensure that our town stays in touch.

The CT Alert ENS:
The State of Connecticut Emergency Notification System (CT ALERT ENS) is a state-of-the-art notification system to alert residents about life-threatening emergency conditions. You can get emergency alerts sent to you on any communication method, such as cell phone, email, text message, or certain hearing impaired receiving devices. Simply click here or on the logo below to sign up. 

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The Ridgefield Connecticut Community Emergency Response Team was organized in 2007 by career officers and volunteer members of the Department of Emergency Management – a component of the Ridgefield Fire Department. Initially the team comprised ham radio operators and fire police volunteers who had participated in earlier Emergency Operating Plans (EOPs). Gradually the team grew to include specialists in many essential areas including: human and animal sheltering, emergency management administrative support, health emergency response, firefighter rehabilitation, preliminary damage assessment and public affairs. Members serve not only the community but participate in DEMHS Region 5 ESFs for both planning and response.

Call (203) 431-2700 if you would like more information or are interested in volunteering with the Ridgefield CERT team.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Ridgefield Community Emergency Response Team is to serve the citizens of Ridgefield and the surrounding towns in times of disaster, community emergencies and town-wide events. The Ridgefield CERT team is trained in conjunction with the Citizen Corps program put forward by the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. The Ridgefield CERT will use Town of Ridgefield vehicles and equipment as well as equipment provided by the Citizens Corps of Connecticut. The Ridgefield team will specialize in, but is not limited to, the following services:

  • Health Department point of distribution (POD) support 

Click HERE for a printable tri-fold with Emergency Preparedness information for you and your family. Print it out and keep it nearby for easy access (copies are also available at Town Hall).

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In the event of a public health emergency, Ridgefield’s Health Department will provide residents with information on what to do.

The Inoculation Center:

  • Coordinated by the Health Department and public health staff with support from the Ridgefield Visiting Nurses Association
  • Fully equipped with the supplies necessary to operate the clinic
  • Mobile Communication and a Health Alert Network System provide ability to communicate with partner response agencies
  • Educational material about the health emergency at hand will be provided

Volunteers are always needed. Nurses, physicians, pharmacists, mental health workers and non-medical volunteers are welcomed. To become a volunteer, contact the Health Department at (203) 431-2745.

What You Can Do:

When preparing for a possible emergency situation, it's best to think first about the basics of survival: fresh waterfoodclean air and warmth.

Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation  
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps  

Additional Items to Consider Adding to an Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
  • Cash or traveler's checks and change
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from www.ready.gov
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container 
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items  
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels 
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children  

Emergency Contact Numbers:

  • Ridgefield Police Department: (203) 438-6531
  • Ridgefield Fire Department: (203) 431-2724
  • Ridgefield Town Hall: (203) 431-2700
  • Danbury Hospital: (203) 739-7000
  • Ridgefield Health Department: (203) 431-2745

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Hartford, CT 06106-5042

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(800) 397-8876

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