The mission of the Colchester Emergency Management is to prepare for, respond to and recover from and mitigate any emergency or disaster that affects the Town of Colchester
Emergency Management incorporates ’All Hazards Planning’ when developing emergency plans for the town and its residents. All Hazards refers to all types of disaster events:
• Weather: Hurricane, Tornado, Extreme Heat & Cold, Snow, Flooding, Drought, etc
• Transportation Accidents:, Aviation, Highway
• Large Scale Destruction/Displacement of residents due to a fire, chemical release, etc.
• Any other circumstance deemed necessary by the Incident Commander and/or the First Selectman
The Town of Colchester encompasses 49 square miles in upper New London County. Our population is approaching 17,000 yearly residents.
Route 2 divides the town in half, from east to west. The town is prone to all types of weather emergencies and transportation accidents throughout the year.
Emergency Management works closely with the Colchester Police & Fire Departments, town departments and public safety agencies during a disaster to provide them with resources at their request.
Emergency Management provides emergency notification to the public on disaster information and updates them as needed. This is accomplished via news media, social media and reverse notifications via telephone, cellular and electronic devices.
If needed, Emergency Management is ready to respond with disaster sheltering including pre-storm and post storm services. Our department is equipped to open temporary centers for charging electronic equipment and other various equipment.
Emergency Management meets throughout the year with town and agency leaders to ensure emergency plans and resources are current to meet our goals and responsibilities. In addition, we maintain partnerships with Business, Non-Government, State and Federal agencies to ensure our residents are provided with all applicable opportunities after a disaster.
Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit
- One gallon of water per person per day for at least three to five days, for drinking and sanitation
- At least a three –five-day supply of non-perishable food on hand
- 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
- Chargers, inverter or solar charger for cell phones and electronic devices
- A whistle to signal for help
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- A manual can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
- Local and state road maps to aid in an evacuation
Family Emergency 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 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. Text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through
In addition of using local TV and radio, Colchester Emergency Management utilizes, the Towns Website and social media such as Facebook and Twitter to share important storm related information to its residents. ~
Weather and storm information:
Family planning and homeowner information
The National Hurricane Center has developed video guides on hurricane preparedness
State and Federal Information