The Town of North Haven continues to maintain and enhance its role in the field of Emergency Management items that relate to emergency planning and its operations are continually monitored and reviewed for its reliability to properly service the Town of North Haven and its residents. The Town maintains a relationship with the State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS). We are in continual contact with representatives of this agency in our effort to keep North Haven safe. We also maintain a relationship with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for federal issues.
The North Haven Fire Chief also serves as the Emergency Management Director. During 2017 the Town of North Haven created a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) which currently has approximately 25 members and continues to recruit members. To learn more about North Haven CERT, please call 203-239-5321 Ext. 140.
The Town of North Haven Emergency Operations plan is continually reviewed. We are governed by the State to provide documentation of the annual review. Our plan is updated regularly and is shared throughout the town departments. The document covers topics such as: Warning Devices, Evacuation, Sheltering, Public Information, Mass Care, Health and Medical, Hazardous Materials Responses and Communications. All of the Towns department heads as well as other key employees play an important part in the plan and are versed in their roles. A copy of the plan is available for review at the Town library.
Our Emergency Operations Plan and Emergency Operations Center was tested during a State of CT Emergency Planning and Preparedness Initiative (EPPI) which occurred on June 20, 2018. In this scenario a statewide disaster was presented in which the Town of North Haven communicated with surrounding towns and the State of CT utilizing software specifically designed for such an event.
The town has the ability to open shelters and warming/cooling centers as weather dictates, and residents can be notified through the Town web site, NHTV or through the EVERBRIDGE reverse 911 notification system. Throughout the year as weather dictates, warming centers can be staffed to allow for temporary sheltering from extremely cold temperatures.
The Emergency Management Director of North Haven also devotes a significant amount of time recovering funding from the State of CT and FEMA. During incidents in which a state of emergency or disaster is declared, specific expenses incurred by the Town of North Haven are eligible for reimbursement. Additionally the Town of North Haven actively pursues funding opportunities through the CT Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG).
Residents are reminded that the Town of North Haven has an ordinance regarding building numbering. This is in place to allow us to better and properly service you in the event of an emergency. All structures are required to be numbered. Assistance in complying with the ordinance is available through the Town’s fire department.
DURING A HURRICANE THREAT
Stay tuned to radio or TV for updates
Shutter or board the windows in your home
Secure outdoor objects or bring them inside
Stock up on food and water in case you must take shelter in your home
Fuel up your car in case an evacuation is ordered
Turn off utilities at the main valves or switches if instructed by authorities
Terms to Know
Hurricane Watch- Hurricane conditions are possible within 36 hours
Hurricane Warning- A hurricane is expected within 24 hours
Storm Surge- A dome of water pushed ashore by hurricane-forced winds
Storm Tide- A storm surge combined with a normal tide
DURING A HURRICANE
Take refuge on the ground floor or in a small central room or hallway
Get under a small table or similar strong object
Keep away from windows or glass doors
Close all inside doors
Brace all outside doors
AFTER A HURRICANE
Remain in a secure location until you are notified it is safe to leave
Do not drive unless necessary
Do not drink tap water until authorities say it’s safe
Stay away from waterways until potential flooding has passed
Report downed power lines and broken gas and sewer mains to authorities
Inspect your home for damage
Report damage to your insurance agent
During A Heat Wave
Stay indoors in air conditioning as much as possible and in the shade if you go outside
If your home is not air conditioned, spend at least two hours daily at an air-conditioned mall, library or other public place
Wear sunscreen outside, along with light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible
Never leave children or pets alone in a car
Avoid exertion during the hottest part of the day
Take a cool shower or bath
Terms to Know
Heat Wave- Period of extreme heat, usually accompanied by high humidity
Heat Index- The relative humidity add to the air temperature (how hot if feels)
Heat Cramps- Muscle pains due to exertion –the first sign of heat related problems
Heat Exhaustion- A mild form of shock brought on by strenuous activity in the heat
Heat Stroke- A life threatening condition occurring when the body’s temperature control system shuts down. Brain damage or death can result if the body is not cooled at once