Types of Emergencies

There are variety of weather based hazards that impact Connecticut residents every year. This section provides tips to help you and your family stay safe before, during, and after a disaster or emergency situation in Connecticut. Be familiar with the types of emergencies that could impact you and where you live.

Depending on the emergency, there will be different steps to take before, during, and after a disaster. In any emergency, stay informed and listen for instructions from local officials. Continually check local TV and radio stations and follow emergency officials and agencies on social media.

Check to see if anyone around you is hurt and needs help. Dial 911 ONLY if there is a life-threatening situation. It is important to keep these lines open for those who need them. Make sure your pets are safe and secure. Call your family contact. Use the CT Prepares App to create a family plan. Leave phone lines open for emergency calls. Send a text after that. Check on your neighbors especially those who are elderly or have a disability.

Do not go to the hospital unless there is a medical emergency.

Shelter in Place

In some emergencies, you may be told to shelter in place. This means that you should stay inside wherever you are and not go outside. If you need to shelter in place, do the following:

  • Stay calm.
  • Bring children and pets inside right away.
  • Close and lock all windows and outside doors.
  • Get your emergency supply kit.
  • Go to a room in the middle of your home or a room without windows.
  • Turn on your radio and tune to a local news station for information.
  • Stay where you are until you are told it is safe.
  • If there is a chemical, nuclear, or radiological emergency, you should also turn off all vents that bring in outdoor air, like fans and air conditioners. If you have a fireplace, close the damper. You may also consider sealing the room


If you are told to evacuate, leave right away and take your emergency supply kit with you. Remember to take any medications or medical supplies you may need. Depending on the situation, you will be told the safest way to evacuate and where to go. Keep checking local TV and radio stations and follow emergency officials and agencies on social media.