Emergency Preparedness

In today’s environment, public health emergencies, whether natural or man-made, may threaten the health and safety of the citizens within the jurisdiction of the NVHD (Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Naugatuck, Seymour and Shelton). The goal of this agency during a public health emergency is to minimize the impact of these adverse events on the population it serves.

Detection, response, and disease control of an infectious disease outbreak is most likely to occur at the local or regional level. While a larger event will require public health leadership and involvement at the local level, to effectively coordinate all response efforts, it will be necessary to coordinate with the state and federal government including, but not limited to the Connecticut Department of Public Health and the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

The NVHD continues to increase its capacity to respond to emergencies thanks to its dedicated staff, continuous review and exercising of emergency response plans, and a committed volunteer force. The Emergency Preparedness Division works with police, fire, and other authorities to develop functional plans to use during emergency response. The division continues to recruit and train individuals to join the volunteer force, and serves as an educational resource for personal and community preparedness.

Are you interested in emergency preparedness? Do you want to give back to your community? Volunteer with the Naugatuck Valley Medical Reserve Corps! We are currently seeking volunteers 18 and older with medical and non-medical backgrounds.

Following Tropical Storm Irene (August 2011) and Snowstorm Alfred that soon followed (October 2011), the decision was made to establish a Medical Reserve Corps unit in Naugatuck Valley to support emergency response efforts and enhance community resiliency during a disaster. The Naugatuck Valley Health District partnered with Echo Hose Ambulance to create the Naugatuck Valley Medical Reserve Corps (NVMRC) unit to support response efforts for the towns of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Naugatuck, Seymour and Shelton.

Don’t let the name fool you! No medical experience is required.
You will be provided all the training you need!

Visit the Naugatuck Valley Medical Reserve Corps website for more information and how to apply!


Personal Preparedness:
Get a kit, make a plan & stay informed!

– Get a Kit –
Preparing an emergency kit for your family is an important step in keeping them safe and healthy during an emergency. Follow these tips from the CDC’s Office of Preparedness and Response to build your 3 day supply kit!

– Make a Plan –
Follow these tips from Ready.gov to make a plan with your family!

Step 1: Put together a plan by discussing these 4 questions with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan:
1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
2. What is my shelter plan?
3. What is my evacuation route?
4. What is my family/household communication plan?

Step 2: Consider specific needs in your household. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance. Keep in mind some these factors when developing your plan:
- Different ages of members within your household
- Responsibilities for assisting others
- Locations frequented
- Dietary needs
- Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
- Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
- Languages spoken
- Cultural and religious considerations
- Pets or service animals
- Households with school-aged children

Step 3: Fill out a Family Emergency Plan
Download and fill out a family emergency plan or use them as a guide to create your own.

Step 4: Practice your plan with your family/household. Share your plan with a neighbor and/or a friend out of town.

– Stay Informed –
Keep a battery operated radio on hand. Tune into reliable weather and news sources.

Sign up for community notifications for your town!
City officials may use this platform for important emergency and non-emergency notifications and instructions, if necessary. Sign up here

Watches vs. Warnings
In addition to understanding how you will be informed of potential threats, you need to understand the terms that are used for weather threats.

- A watch means that there is a high possibility that a weather emergency will occur. When a severe storm watch is issued for your area, continue to listen to the radio or television for updates and pay attention to visible weather changes around you.
- A warning means that a weather emergency is already happening, or will happen soon. When you hear a warning, take immediate action

Visit Ready.gov for more information on emergency alerts

CDC Are you Prepared Infographic

Emergency Preparedness Resources:

Visit these Websites

Download these Resources

The Connecitcut Guide to Emergency Preparedness is available in:
- English
- Spanish
- Brazilian Portuguese
- Chinese
- French
- Haitian Creole
- Italian
- Polish
- Russian
- Vietnamese

Senior Preparedness
Prepare For Emergencies Now. Information for Seniors

People with Disabilities, Others with Access and Functional Needs
Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities Brochure
Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities – Large Print Brochure

Pet Preparedness
Preparing Makes Sense for Pet Owners

Contact Information

For questions related to public health emergency preparedness or the Naugatuck Valley Medical Reserve Corps, please contact:

Jessica Stelmaszek, MPH
Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator