New Haven Health Department Office Of Emergency Response
Steven D. Maheux, MPH
Emergency Response Coordinator
Office of Emergency Preparedness
New Haven Health Department
54 Meadow St. - 9th Fl.
New Haven, CT 06519
P: (203) 946-8457
F: (203) 946-7234
Mission: The Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response works to ensure the City of New Haven responds effectively to natural disasters, acts of terrorism and other emergencies that could affect the public’s health. This mission is achieved through planning, training, educating, and collaborating with local, regional, state, and community stakeholders.
The Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response is part of a Citywide Emergency Response Team. Information about the City Office of Emergency Management can be found here.
GENERAL EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
BIOTERRORISM AGENTS, DISEASES AND OTHER THREATS
SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS AND RELATED INFORMATION
General Emergency Preparedness
For more information about general emergency preparedness, click here to go to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) website.
A disaster can strike quickly and without warning. You may have to evacuate your community or may be confined to your home. It is also possible that electricity, water, gas or telephone service is disrupted. Being prepared for these situations is important for the health and wellbeing of everyone, especially older adults, people who have a disability or functional limitation, and pet owners. Preparation, planning and staying informed are steps that will help to ensure safety in an emergency situation.
Step 1: Build a Kit
Putting together a disaster supplies kit will help you and your family be prepared for an emergency. A disaster supply kit is a basic collection of items that you may need in the event of an emergency. You can find out more information on how to build and effective disaster kit and what to include in your kit here.
Step 2: Make a Plan
Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it is important to plan in advance: how you will get to a safe place; how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations. It is important to include all family members in this process, including children.
Step 3: Be Informed
Most communities may be impacted by several types of hazards during a lifetime. Americans also travel more than ever before; to areas impacted by hazards they may not be at risk of near their homes. Knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.