Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness Division

The Department of Health and Human Services Emergency Preparedness Division is continually building preparedness capabilities to deal with emergency situations. We have a well-organized group of staff members and a strong volunteer force that continues to review emergency response plans for the safety of our community. Our team works with other municipal agencies including the Police Department, Fire Department, and other authorities to carry out response plans in the event of an emergency. The Division serves as an educational resource for personal and community preparedness.


Danbury has a strong team who is well prepared in the event of an emergency. Staff members are well informed of emergency response plans. Our team is very welcoming to volunteers. We continue to recruit and train individuals to join the volunteer force.

  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT): The CERT volunteers are trained to prepare for disasters their community may face by learning to safely respond to hazards and organize basic disaster response. We will be hosting a CERT training program in July and encourage anyone interested to email our PHEP Coordinator to learn more. All participants must be over 18 years of age, and we highly recommend those who are interested complete the following courses prior to attending the training: FEMA IS-315 and FEMA IS-317.
  • Medical Reserve Corps (MRC): The MRC is a national volunteer network, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. Volunteers include medical and public health professionals, as well as community members without a healthcare background. MRC volunteers prepare and respond to natural disasters, such as wildfires, hurricanes, tornados, blizzards, and floods, as well as other emergencies affecting public health. 
    • We are accepting applications for the Danbury MRC and encourage anyone with or without a health/medical background to apply. Those interested can register for the Danbury MRC by visiting the CT Responds website and selecting "Danbury MRC" as the volunteer unit.

For more information, please email our PHEP Coordinator.