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Emergency Management Director
Michael Gardner
860-487-4413
860-428-0870 Cell

Deputy Emergency Management Director
Thomas Borgman

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Ashford CT Emergency Management

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Emergency Alerts

The Town of Ashford has a list of residents to check on in the case of emergencies, such as storms, power outages, or extreme heat. If you or someone you know would like to be checked on, or you know of someone who is housebound, living alone, elderly, or who has a medical condition that may need to be checked on, please call one of the following to be added to our list:

  • Kit Eves, Senior Center Director and Agent for the Elderly – 860-487-5122
  • Melissa McDonough, Ashford Social Services Director – 860-487-4417

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Click here to get alerts wherever you are with the CT Alerts Emergency Notification System.

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Drought Information

The following information provided by Cheryl Chase, drought coordinator for the Town of Ashford:

Connecticut’s Interagency Drought Workgroup meets regularly during prolonged periods of low rain. The group reviews information such as rainfall data, groundwater levels and lake and pond levels. For our area, a “Stage 2” Drought Declaration was released on August 24, 2020. The workgroup will continue to monitor conditions, and the next update is expected after their September 2, 2020 meeting. The recommended actions for a Stage 2 Declaration are shown below:

STAGE 2 — INCIPIENT DROUGHT for northern Connecticut (Litchfield, Hartford, Tolland, Windham counties)

Residents and businesses in Stage 2 locations are asked to voluntarily take the following measures to aid in minimizing future drought impact:

  • Reduce automatic outdoor irrigation
  • Postpone the planting of any new lawns or vegetation
  • Minimize overall water use by fixing leaky plumbing and fixtures
  • Follow any additional conservation requests issued by water suppliers or municipalities. In Ashford, the Connecticut Water Company supplies water to a few areas of town.

Connecticut’s Interagency Drought Workgroup meets regularly during prolonged periods of low rain. The group reviews information such as rainfall data, groundwater levels and lake and pond levels. For our area, a “Stage 2” Drought Declaration was released on August 24, 2020. The workgroup will continue to monitor conditions, and the next update is expected after their September 2, 2020 meeting. The recommended actions for a Stage 2 Declaration are shown below:


For more detailed information on Connecticut’s Drought Plan, use the following link: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Water/Drought/20181106statedroughtplanadopted.pdf


Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency warns individuals to remain vigilant for scams related to COVID-19 and take these precautions.

Key Points of Governor Lamont’s March 10th update:

  • Governor Lamont has declared civil preparedness and public health emergencies.
  • The Connecticut Insurance Department is notifying travel insurance companies about the emergency declarations and will be monitoring their compliance with the terms of their policies.
  • The declarations also trigger price gouging laws, and make clear that municipal leaders have emergency powers to mitigate disasters and emergencies.

 Click here for Gov. Lamont’s recommendations regarding COVID-19 March 9, 2020

Click here for Governor Lamont’s 1/27/20 release on monitoring of the coronavirus


Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention (CDC)
Read more information the about the evolving situation provided by the Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention (CDC).

 

Connecticut Emergency Management

Power Outages, Downed Trees and Preparedness

Sudden power outages can be frustrating and troublesome, especially when they last a long time. If a power outage is 2 hours or less, you need not be concerned about losing your perishable foods. For prolonged power outages, though, there are steps you can take to minimize food loss and to keep all members of your household as comfortable as possible.

Consider purchasing a battery powered weather radio!

Make sure to keep cell phones charged. Land line wires may be down. Stay on the call with the emergency dispatcher until they have asked all their questions. If you are calling from a cell phone, the dispatch center will not know your location. Our emergency dispatch center for fire, EMS or other emergencies is a regional center located in Tolland, CT. They depend on you to provide complete information. During the course of this storm and the recovery period, non life-threatening calls to 911 may be routed to our local fire department. Regardless, your concerns or situation will be addressed.

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