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In an Emergency Call 9-1-1

Connecticut Guide to Emergency Preparedness

United Way 2-1-1 Handling Heavy Call and Web Volume Due to CL&P Reimbursement Survey

United Way 2-1-1 is in the process of gathering information from Connecticut residents impacted by the October Snowstorm. Since 2-1-1 began this work last Friday, more than 5,500 Connecticut residents have reported losses associated with the power outages by visiting www.211ct.org or calling 2-1-1. As a result, there are longer than usual call wait times and occasional delays in accessing www.211ct.org. To access the online survey, visit www.211ct.org and click on CL&P Fund or access the survey directly by clicking here. If you wish to speak with a 2-1-1 call specialist to leave your storm-related information, 2-1-1 operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We apologize for any delays during this busy time.

For more information contact Maria Dynia at maria.dynia@ctunitedway.org.

CL&P’s Restoration Process Video –  http://www.cl-p.com/StormCenter/Restoration_Process/

CL&P’s Generator Safety Video

Prepare for Hurricanes

Hurricanes are severe tropical storms that form in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Scientists can now predict hurricanes, but people who live in coastal communities should plan what they will do if they are told to evacuate.

  •  Get a kit of emergency supplies and prepare a portable kit in case you have to evacuate.
  • Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify a hurricane.
  •  A hurricane watch means a hurricane is possible in your area. Be prepared to evacuate.
  • Monitor local radio and television news outlets or listen to NOAA Weather Radio for the latest developments.
  • A hurricane warning is when a hurricane is expected in your area. If local authorities advise you to evacuate, leave immediately.
  •  Prepare to secure your property.
  • Cover all of your home’s windows with pre-cut ply wood or hurricane shutters to protect your windows from high winds.
  •  Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
  • Keep all trees and shrubs well trimmed.
  • If you have a car, fill the gas tank in case you have to evacuate.

Plan to Evacuate

  • Plan how you will leave and where you will go if you are advised to evacuate.
  •  If you do not have a car, plan alternate means of evacuating.
  • Plan places where your family will meet, both within and outside of your immediate neighborhood.
  •  Identify several places you could go in an emergency, a friend’s home in another town, a motel or public shelter.
  •  If you have a car, keep a half tank of gas in it at all times in case you need to evacuate.
  •  Become familiar with alternate routes and other means of transportation out of your area.
  •  Take your emergency supply kit.

Disaster Planning Tips

Ready.gov:

www.ready.gov/hurricanes

American Red Cross  703 Whitney Ave., New Haven, CT. 06511
Phone:  203-787-6722 X236
Fax:      203-785-8671
www.redcross.org

Police Services

Chester Police Officers:
CPL Steve Redente #62
OFC Todd Belcourt #64
OFC Paul DeCrosta #67

The Town of Chester utilizes a Resident State Trooper to oversee its police services. Resident Troopers were originally State Troopers who resided within the Town they were assigned to.

Resident State Trooper Matt Ewing
860-526-0013, Ext. 205 or 860-526-3605
Email: PoliceServices@chesterct.org

Resident Troopers spend their patrol time within their assigned town. The Chester Resident Trooper, along with Corporal Redente teach DARE to Chester Elementary students in the 6th grade. All investigations, including motor vehicle accidents, burglaries, larcenies, traffic services, and personal crimes are initiated by Chester Town officers and the Resident Trooper. When the office is not staffed, all calls are responded to by CT State Troopers assigned to Troop F in Westbrook.

Pistol Permit Applications: To apply, see Jenny Watrous in the Selectman’s Office for an application.

Fingerprints: Please call (860)526-3605 for fingerprints. Request that a member of the Resident Troopers Office meet you at the Chester Town Hall for this service. There is no fee for this service to town residents.

Chester Hose Company

In an Emergency Call 9-1-1

860-526-0019

6 High Street, PO Box 214

Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit

Water

  • One gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation.
  • Children, nursing mothers, and sick people may need more water.
  • If you live in a warm weather climate more water may be necessary.
  • Store water tightly in clean plastic containers such as soft drink bottles.
  • Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person.

Food

  • Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.
  • Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little or no water.
  • Pack a manual can opener and eating utensils.
  • Avoid salty foods, as they will make you thirsty.
  • Choose foods your family will eat.
  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
  • Protein or fruit bars
  • Dry cereal or granola
  • Peanut butter
  • Dried fruit
  • Nuts
  • Crackers
  • Canned juices
  • Non-perishable pasteurized milk
  • High energy foods
  • Vitamins
  • Food for infants
  • Comfort/stress foods
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-inplace
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps

Additional Items to Consider Adding to an Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank
  • account records in a waterproof, portable container
  • Cash or traveler’s checks and change
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from www.ready.gov
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a coldweather climate
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes.
  • Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part
  • bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water
  • by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented,
  • color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

Connecticut Guide to Emergency Preparedness

Fire Marshal and Fire Investigator

Fire Marshal Office Hours By Appointment
The Fire Marshal and Fire Investigator oversee and coordinate fire-related safety issues and programs. This includes investigating the causes of fire damage and inspecting all local healthcare and liquor establishments on an annual basis. Blasting and burning permits also originate from this office. Burning permits will be issued for weekend use only.

Fire Marshal Richard Leighton
Fire Investigator Dave Roberge

Fire Commission

Joel Severance, Chairman
Charlene Janecek
John Divis
Pete Zanardi

Ex Officio:
Fire Chief Jim Schaefer
First Selectman Lauren Gister
Fire Marshal Richard Leighton

The Fire Commission actively participates in regional emergency response planning. Affiliated with both the Department of Emergency Management and the Homeland Security Region 2 Emergency Management Planning Working-group, the commission provides input from the perspective of a small town in the Connecticut River Valley.

Emergency Management

  • Joel Severance, Director
  • Bruce Watrous
  • Cy Libby
  • Thomas Layton

For flooding information, click here.

Click for Assistance Request Form

Valley Shore Emergency Communications Board of Directors

John Divis
Charles Greeney Jr.

Public Health Director

Dr. Konrad Kotrady

Public Utilities

Connecticut Water Company

Connecticut Light & Power

Emergency Management

Public Health

 

Agendas / Minutes

Bd. of Fire Comm. June 21, 2017 Agenda

Citation Review Board June 15, 2017 Agenda

Bd. of Fire Comm. May 17, 2017 Agenda|ROV|Minutes

Citation Review Board – May 18, 2017 Cancellation

Workplace Safety June 13, 2017 Agenda|Minutes

Bd. of Fire Comm. April 19, 2017 Agenda|ROV|Minutes

Citation Review Bd. April 20, 2017 Cancellation

Bd. of Fire Comm. March 15, 2017 Agenda|ROV|Minutes

Citation Review Board March 16, 2017 Cancellation

Bd. of Fire Comm. February 15, 2017 Agenda|Minutes

Citation Review Board- February 16, 2017 Cancellation

Workplace Safety Comm. March 7, 2017 Agenda

Citation Review Board January 19, 2017 Cancellation

Bd. of Fire Comm. January 18, 2017 Agenda|ROV|Minutes

Workplace Safety December 13, 2016 Agenda|Minutes
Citation Review Board December 15, 2016 Agenda|ROV|Minutes
Bd. of Fire Comm. December 21, 2016 Cancellation
Bd. of Fire Comm. – November 16, 2016 Agenda|ROV|Minutes
Citation Review Board November 17, 2016 Cancellation
Citation Review Bd. October 20, 2016 Cancellation
Bd. of Fire Comm. October 19, 2016 Agenda
Bd. of Fire Comm. September 21, 2016 Agenda|ROV
Citation Review Board Sept. 15, 2016 Cancellation
Workplace Safety Meeting September 13, 2016 Agenda|Minutes
Citation Review Board August 18, 2016 Cancellation
August 17 2016 Cancellation
Citation Review Board July 21, 2016 Cancellation
Bd. of Fire Comm. July 19, 2016 Agenda|Record of Vote|Minutes
Bd. of Fire Comm. July 20, 2016 Cancellation
Bd. of Fire Comm. June 15, 2016 Agenda|ROV|Minutes
Citation Review Board June 16, 2016 Cancellation
Workplace Safety June 14, 2016 Agenda|Minutes
Bd. of Fire Commiss. May 18, 2016 Agenda|ROV|Minutes
Citation Review Board May 19, 2016 Cancellation
Bd. of Fire Comm. April 20, 2016 Agenda|ROV|Minutes
Citation Review Board April 21, 2016 Cancellation
Bd. of Fire Comm.  Agenda March 16 2016|ROV|Minutes
Citation Review Board March 17, 2016 Cancellation
Workplace Safety March 8, 2016 Agenda|Minutes
Citation Review Bd. February 18, 2016 Cancellation
Bd. of Fire Comm. Agenda February 17 2016|ROV|Minutes
Citation Review Board January 21, 2016 Agenda|Minutes
Bd. of Fire Comm. January 20, 2016 Agenda|ROV | Minutes
Citation Review Board – December 17, 2015 Agenda|Minutes
BOFC December 16 2015 Cancellation
Workplace Safety Agenda 12 08 2015/ Minutes
Bd. of Fire Comm. November 18, 2015 Agenda|Minutes
Citation Review Board- November 19, 2015 Cancellation
Bd. of Fire Comm. October 21, 2015 Agenda|ROV|Minutes
Citation Review Board 10-15-2015 cancellation notice
Workplace Safety Agenda 09 29 2015/ Minutes
Citation Review Board September 17, 2015 Cancellation
Bd. of Fire Comm. September 16, 2015 Agenda/Minutes
Workplace Safety September 8, 2015 Cancellation
Citation Review Board August 20, 2015 Cancellation
Bd. of Fire Comm. August 19, 2015 Agenda|ROV|Minutes
Citation Review Board July 16, 2015 Cancellation
Citation Review Board June 18, 2015 Cancellation
Bd. of Fire June 17, 2015 Agenda|ROV /Minutes
Workplace Safety June 9, 2015 Agenda|Minutes
Bd. of Fire May 20 2015 Agenda|ROV|Minutes
Citation Review Bd. April 16, 2015 – Cancellation
Bd. of Fire April 15, 2015 Cancellation
Bd. of Fire April 14, 2015 Agenda  ROV|Minutes
Citation Review Board March 19, 2015 Cancellation
Bd. of Fire. March 18, 2015 Agenda|ROV|Minutes
Workplace Safety March 10, 2015 Agenda| Minutes
Citation Review Bd. February 19, 2015 Cancellation
Bd. of Fire Comm. February 18, 2015 Agenda|Cancellation
Bd. of Fire January 21, 2015 Agenda|ROV |Minutes
Citation Review Board January 15, 2015 Cancellation
Bd. of Fire December 17, 2014 Cancellation
Workplace Safety Agenda 12 09 2014   Meeting Cancellation no quorum
Citation Review Board December 1, 2014 Cancellation
Bd. Fire Comm. November 19, 2014 Agenda|ROV
Citation Review Board November 3, 2014 Cancellation
Board of Fire October 15, 2014 Agenda|ROV|Minutes
Citation Review Board October 14, 2014 Rescheduled|Agenda |Minutes
Citation Review Board October 6, 2014 Cancellation
Bd. of Fire September 10, 2014 Agenda|Minutes
Citation Review Board September 8, 2014 Cancellation
Workplace Safety Agenda September 16, 2014|Minutes
Bd. of Fire September 10, 2014 is Rescheduled Date
Bd. of Fire September 17, 2014 Cancelled
Workplace Health and Safety Comm. September 9, 2014 Cancellation
Board of Fire Comm. August 20, 2014 Cancellation
Citation Review Board August 4, 2014 Cancellation
Bd. of Fire Comm. July 16, 2014 Agenda|ROV |Minutes
Citation Review Board July 7, 2014 Cancellation
Work Place Safety June 10, 2014 Minutes
Bd. of Fire June 18 2014 Agenda|ROV|Minutes
Citation Review Board June 2, 2014 Cancellation
Board of Fire May 21 2014 Agenda|Cancellation
Citation Review Board May 5, 2014 Cancellation
Bd. of Fire April 16, 2014 Agenda|ROV|Minutes
Citation Review Board April 7, 2014 Cancellation Notice
Bd. of Fire March 19, 2014 Agenda|ROV|Minutes
Workplace Safety Meeting Minutes 03 11 2014
Citation Review Bd. March 3, 2014 Cancellation Notice
Bd. of Fire February 19, 2014 Agenda|ROV|Minutes
Chester Local Emergency Planning Committee February 18, 2014 Agenda
Board of Fire Commissioners Agenda January 15 2014\ROV\Minutes
Citation Review Board January 6, 2014 Cancellation
Workplace Safety December 17, 2013 Minutes
CBOFC Cancellation December 18 2013
Workplace Safety December 10, 2013 Agenda – Cancelled
Citation Review Board December 2, 2013 Cancellation
Bd. of Fire November 13, 2013 Agenda|Minutes
Bd. of Fire November 20, 2013 Cancellation
Citation Review Board November 4, 2013 Cancellation
Bd. of Fire October 16, 2013 Agenda|ROV|Minutes
Citation Review Board – Meeting Notice October 7, 2013 Cancellation
Board of Fire September 18 2013 Agenda|Minutes
Workplace Safety September 10, 2013 Agenda|Minutes- no quorum
Citation Review Board September 9, 2013 Cancellation
Board of Fire August 21 2013 Agenda|Minutes
Citation Review Board Aug 5, 2013 Cancellation
Board of Fire July 17 2013 Cancellation
Citation Review Board 7/1/1013 Agenda-cancellation notice
Board of Fire June 18, 2013 Agenda|ROV|Minutes
Board of Fire June 18 2013 Cancellation & Reschedule
Workplace Safety June 11, 2013 Agenda|Workplace Safety Meeting Minutes June 11, 2013
Citation Review Board June 3, 2013 Cancellation
Bd. of Fire May 15, 2013 Agenda|Minutes
Citation Review Board May 6, 2013 Cancellation
Board of Fire April 17, 2013 Agenda|ROV|Minutes
Citation Review Board April 1, 2013 Cancellation
Workplace Safety Meeting Minutes March 19, 2013
March 20 2013 Bd. of Fire Agenda  Minutes March 20 2013
March 4, 2013 Citation Review Board Agenda|Record of Vote|Minutes
February 20 2013 Agenda Bd. of Fire|ROV|Minutes
February 5 2013 Bd. of Fire Agenda|Record of Vote Minutes
Bd. of Fire January 16 2013 Agenda|ROV|Minutes
Ctation Review Board January 14, 2013 Agenda|Record of Vote |Minutes
Citation Review Board January 7, 2013 Agenda/Record of Vote /Minutes
December 19 2012 Bd. of Fire Agenda|ROV|Minutes
December 11, 2012 Workplace Safety Agenda|Minutes
Citation Review Board 12-03-2012 Agenda-cancellation notice
November 28 2012 Agenda|Record of Vote|CBOFC Minutes
November 5, 2012 Citation Review Agenda
Bd. of Fire Agenda October 17, 2012
Citation Review Board – Agenda – October 1, 2012 cancellation notice
Citation Review Board Agenda September 10, 2012 Cancellation – 2
Bd. of Fire Special Meeting Agenda September 12 2012|Minutes
Bd. of Fire -Cancellation of Sept. 19th Mtg. Reschedule September 12 2012
Citation Review Board Agenda 09-10-2012 Cancellation – 2
August 15, 2012 Cancellation-Bd. Fire
August 06, 2012 Cancellation
July 18, 2012 Minutes
July 18, 2012
Record of Vote
May 16, 2012
Bd. of Fire
May 16, 2012
Record of Vote
April 18, 2012
April 02, 2012
Citation Review-ROV
April 02, 2012
Citation Review
March 21, 2012
Bd. of Fire
March 21, 2012
Bd. of Fire Record of Vot
March 13, 2012
Workplace Safety
February 15, 2012
Bd. of Fire
February 15, 2012
Record of Vote