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.
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).
Click on the CT Alert Image to register for
State and Local Emergency Notifications.
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 water, food, clean 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)
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
Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security
25 Sigourney Street – 6th FL
Hartford, CT 06106-5042
Emergency Preparedness Websites:
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): www.fema.gov
FEMA for KIDS: www.fema.gov/kids
FEMA Nation Flood Insurance Program: www.fema.gov/fima/nfip.shtm
FEMA Tropical Storm Watch: www.fema.gov/storm/trop.shtm
FEMA en Español: www.fema.gov/es
READY.GOV Are You Ready?: http://www.ready.gov/are-you-ready-guide
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration –National Weather Service: www.nws.noaa.gov
National Hurricane Center: www.nhc.noaa.gov
Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale: www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutsshs.shtml
Storm Watch: www.noaa.gov/stormwatch
Current Terror Alert Status:
Homeland Security Advisory