|Any resident who had damage due to Hurricane Irene, that wishes to, can file an application for disaster relief. Any resident interested in filing now can do so via computer by going to the FEMA web site www.fema.gov<http://www.fema.gov> and
clicking on disaster application. Those not having a computer can call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362.
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is responsible for coordinating all preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery activities necessary to minimize and control the effects of disaster, both natural and technological, as well as the effects of terrorist attacks by enemies of the United States. Natural disasters, hazardous material releases and mass casualty incidents are all possible threats for East Hartford. When disasters strike, Town government responds through its Emergency Management organization.
Functions of the Office of Emergency Management
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) develops and maintains emergency operations plans. These plans enable the Town to respond quickly and effectively to the actual incident through training drills, site visits and exercises (better to be proactive than reactive). The Mayor is the Director and the Coordinator manages the day-to-day activities of the office.
Emergency Management coordinates resources and agencies during large scale natural and man made emergencies, manages the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), relocates disaster victims, manages the town’s shelters, reviews and keeps on file specific high-hazard facility emergency plans, writes and submits emergency management and fire service grants, conducts Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA) of the town yearly, supervises the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and is responsible for the Host Town plan, training and exercises.
The Coordinator also coordinates activities required under SARA Title III, (Emergency Planning Community Right-to-Know). This law requires that all communities develop emergency response plans for chemical accidents and that certain facilities submit Tier II Reports to the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and the Fire Department. Training requirements for those dealing with hazardous materials and emergency response are required through OSHA (CFR-1910.120)
Emergency Management is also directly responsible for coordinating resources, training, grants, laws, mandates, and emergency operations between local, state, and federal emergency management and homeland security agencies. The Coordinator is the Point of Contact between the state Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) and the federal Department of Homeland Security. Most recently becoming the town’s Coordinator for training required by Presidential Directive #5 after September 11th, 2001. This directive requires that all government agencies and departments, local state and federal, are trained to work together under a unified Incident Command System (ICS)
The Emergency Management Coordinator sits on the East Hartford EMS Commission and the Capital Region Emergency Planning Committee (CREPC) and is involved with several regional projects to further assist the town in the area of public safety and emergency management. This includes the regionalization of the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).