The City of West Haven is focused and planning ahead in the event of a disaster. Natural or human-made disasters, including hurricanes, or different forms, such as terrorism, require strategic planning, building public awareness, and the development of hazardous mitigation and emergency response plans. These plans are complete and ready for use if required.
Preparing our first responders with the necessary training, education and new equipment, as well as the development of Community Emergency Response Teams to assist in events, including a public health emergency, has kept the city’s homeland security team busy for the past several years. Much has already been accomplished to assure the health and safety of our residents during a disaster and is a work constantly in progress. Preparing makes sense, and we stand ready with our first responders to ensure your well-being in this great city of ours.
To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags, and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers, such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.
A basic emergency supply kit can include the following recommended items:
•Water (1 gallon per person per day for several days for drinking and sanitation).
•Food (at least a three-day supply of nonperishable food).
•Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert.
•Whistle (to signal for help).
•Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air).
•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).
•Manual can opener (for food).
•Cellphone with chargers and a backup battery.
Many Americans rely on their neighbors after a disaster, but there are also many ways you can help your neighbors before a hurricane approaches. Learn about all the different actions you and your neighbors can take to prepare and recover from the hazards associated with hurricanes. Start the conversation now with these Neighbor Helping Neighbor strategies. But remember, you may need to adjust your preparedness plans based on the latest health and safety guidelines from the CDC and your local officials.