Emergency preparedness for older adults and people with disabilities in Connecticut
In the event of emergencies it definitely helps to plan ahead as much as possible. Natural and man-made disasters can strike at any time, and you should discuss how to prepare and respond to the types of emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live, learn, work and play with your family or household members. If you are an older adult or have a disability, you may want to take extra care in planning for emergencies based on your needs. There are three basic steps in emergency situations:
*Please note, most national information can be found on the Ready.Gov website and most local information is available on the Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security website.
For information on COVID-19, please visit www.ct.gov/Coronavirus. Individuals who have general questions that are not answered on the website can also call 2-1-1 for assistance, or text “CTCOVID” to 898211. The hotline is available 24 hours a day and has multilingual assistance. This is intended to be used by individuals who are not experiencing symptoms but may have general questions related to COVID-19. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms are strongly urged to contact their medical provider.
Relay services can be accessed by calling 7-1-1. Anyone who is out-of-state or using Relay can connect to Connecticut 2-1-1 toll free by dialing 1-800-203-1234.
As the state begins its phased-in approach of opening business and community sites during the COVID 19 pandemic, state agencies are also resuming some in person operations, but a significant amount of state business remains virtual. There are suggested best practices to ensure effective communications with Connecticut residents with disabilities: