Are You Prepared For An Emergency?
None of us knows when the next emergency will happen or what it will be. We can however work together to best plan and prepare for an emergency before it happens.
Public Health Preparedness
Preparedness for disasters, both natural and man-made is a major public health priority. The New Britain Health Department collaborates with Emergency Preparedness leaders at the local, state and federal level. Preparedness and Response plans are actively developed, exercised and revised to improve local responses to natural disasters, acts of bioterrorism, infectious disease outbreaks and other health risks.
What can you do?
Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. You may have to evacuate your neighborhood or shelter in your home. What would you do if basic services, such as water, gas, electricity or telephones were cut off? Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away. You need to be prepared. Knowing the steps to take during a disaster is the best way to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy during an emergency. Every household should be ready to meet their own needs for at least 72 hours (three days) after an emergency begins.
How can you help and get involved? We need you!
When a natural disaster or emergency strikes, volunteers are usually the first people called upon to help. Do you have interest in making a difference in your community?
The Capitol Region Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. The Capitol Region MRC provides medical care and related logistical support during incidents affecting your community. Medical professionals and persons from all walks of life are needed.
For more information on volunteering in your community go to: http://www.getreadycapitolregion.org/volunteer/volunteering
During an emergency will you require help leaving your residence?
A coalition of community partners has created a completely voluntary registry to supply emergency responders with vital information to assist people who may be vulnerable before, during or after an emergency. For New Britain residents who have access and functional needs, including those relating to physical, medical, sensory, cognitive or age related conditions disasters can present a real challenge.
Enrollment in this program does not guarantee immediate help, but it allows emergency management officials the ability to plan for your assistance. During a severe weather event or other emergency, officials may call you to make sure you are safe in your home. Personal preparedness is essential; residents of New Britain should always be prepared to support themselves for 3 days after a disaster.