September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month. Because natural disasters like hurricanes can occur at any time, the Greenwich Department of Health is reminding all residents to be prepared. “With today’s changing weather patterns, it is as important to be prepared for emergencies of all kinds. Certainly Hurricane Sandy taught us this valuable lesson. While government does its part in preparing for disasters, individual action and responsibility is needed. By making preparations in advance, you will have what you need and will feel more confident. Part of being prepared is deciding on whether you should ride out the storm. In some cases, it would be safer to relocate,” stated Caroline Calderone Baisley, Director of Health.

The Department of Health advises residents to make an Emergency Supply Kit and to keep emergency contact phone numbers listed below handy. Also residents are encouraged to visit websites including the Town’s website (, The American Red Cross (, and the federal government ( for pointers on personal. During an emergency the Town may opt to use its emergency notification system to send a recorded message to each resident that has a published number. All residents are encouraged to register a contact number (non-published number, cell phone, etc.) through the Town’s website located under the First Selectman’s Emergency Preparedness page.

o TO REPORT ONLY EMERGENCIES – For all Police, Fire and EMS emergencies, dial 911.

o GREENWICH EMERGENCY INFORMATION: (866) 245-4260. (This number is in service ONLY during major emergencies)

Emergency Helplines – Utilities:

Aquarion Water Company, 1-800-732-9678

Eversource, 1-800-286-2000

CT Natural Gas Company, (203) 869-6900

Local Non-Emergency Phone Numbers:

Town of Greenwich – (203) 622-7700

Greenwich Department of Health, Division of Environmental Health, 203)-987-1001/622-7838

Greenwich Fire Department non-emergency, (203)-622-3950

Greenwich Police Department non-emergency, (203)-622-8000

Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Service – American Medical Response (AMR), 1-800-379-7700/(203)-332-4080

Department of Parks and Recreation Tree Division (203)-622-7824

Greenwich Chapter, American Red Cross, (203)-869-8444

Greenwich Department of Social Services, (203) 622-3800

Connecticut Poison Control, 1-800-222-1222

The following information has been assembled for the general public:


o Flashlights and battery-powered radios

o First Aid Items: bandages, blankets, First Aid handbook and all special medicines

o A supply of non-perishable goods that require no cooking or refrigeration and a can opener

o A minimum of one-gallon of water per person a day

o Materials such as wire, rope, chlorine disinfectant, fire extinguishers, extra blankets, lumber and sandbags

For a copy of the Department of Health’s brochures, Hurricanes-Be Prepared and Getting

Ready for Emergencies, go on the Town’s website at and look under the Department of Health. Brochures are also available at Town Hall.

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