Wilton joins emergency drill Monday

Town departments, including police, fire, CERT, public works and the first selectmen’s office, will participate in a statewide “tabletop” emergency preparedness drill on Monday, June 23.

The annual Connecticut Emergency Preparedness and Planning Exercise will focus on hurricane preparations and response. In addition, there will be a heightened focus on those people, groups and facilities within the community who have special needs beyond those of the general population, a press release from the Wilton Fire Department said.

Wilton’s emergency management team will use the opportunity to apply their training and further improve their response to weather-related emergencies. The utility companies will also participate, allowing the town to review its priorities and improve coordination.

In connection with this exercise, Wilton residents and businesses may expect the following on that day:

  • Code Red messages;
  • Social media postings;
  • Informational postings around town;
  • Media coverage.

The town’s emergency team reminds residents “the time to begin preparing for emergency conditions is right now.” The following steps were suggested:

  • Prepare, plan and stay informed in the event of a disaster;
  • Build an emergency supply kit with at least three days’ worth of food, water, medications and pet supplies;
  • Make a family emergency plan;
  • Be informed about what to do before, during and after a disaster as well as the range of different types of emergencies that could occur and appropriate responses.

For additional information, visit ready.gov or wiltonfire.org. Wilton CERT and Wilton Emergency Management are also on Facebook.