Now is a good time to make a plan for yourself and your family in the event of an emergency. Planning before disaster strikes enables you and members of your family to be prepared and ready to react on a moment's notice. Visit Ready.Gov to be informed, plan ahead and to take action in the event of a disaster. Here are some suggested steps you can take now
Sign up for Notification Alerts
Please take a minute to sign up for Trumbull's Citizen Alert System. You may choose how you would like to be notified of important information in the event of an emergency.
The utility companies serving Trumbull, United Illuminating and Eversource, encourage you to sign up for alerts to receive information in the event of a power outage.
Red Cross Anatomy of a First Aid Kit
Build a first aid kid and also refer to the Red Cross recommendations on what items to include in your kit:
- Canned items such as juices, milk, soup
- Cleansing agent
- High energy foods
- Granola bars
- Peanut butter
- Trail Mix
- Latex gloves
- One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days
- Over the counter medications you regularly use
- Ready to eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables
- Specialty foods for infants and/or the elderly Pet food and supplies
- Staples - sugar, salt, pepper
- Sterile bandages (variety of sizes)
- Stock Up On Non-Perishable Food:
Tools & Supplies
Gather helpful tools and supplies:
- Battery-powered radio
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
- Contact lenses and/or extra eye glasses
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Garbage bags
- Local map
- Manual can opener
- Moist towelettes
- Personal hygiene supplies
- Prescription medication
- A whistle to signal for help
- Wrench and pliers to turn off utilities
Make a family emergency plan:
- Identify an out-of-town contact. It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.
- Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and has a cell phone, coins, or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact. If you have a cell phone, program that person(s) as "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) in your phone. If you are in an accident, emergency personnel will often check your ICE listings in order to get a hold of someone you know. Make sure to tell your family and friends that you've listed them as emergency contacts.
- Text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through, and it uses less battery life. Plan ahead and pre-set a family group text conversation in your phones.
- Subscribe to alert services. Register for emergency alerts.
Ways to protect your possessions:
- It is important to review your insurance policies yearly and especially prior to the start of hurricane season.
- Review your policy with an agent, or contact the Connecticut Insurance Department to understand what is covered and what your coverage limits are to ensure you are receiving adequate protection.
- Keep your policies and insurance contact information in a safe place.
- Make an inventory of your possessions should your property be damaged and you have to make a claim.
Preparing for extreme cold or heat weather is important. Before, during and after an extreme cold or hot weather snap, you can call United Way 211 or United Way 211 website for information and resources. United Way 2-1-1 will have up-to-date information about places to take shelter, get warm, and more.