From The Emergency Management Director

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Jan 022014

File photo from 2012 Emergency Drill with CERT leader Al Mushin, Orange EMD Fred Palmer, Asst. Director Tino Russo and Asst. Police Chief Tony Cuozzo.

File photo from 2012 Emergency Drill with CERT leader Al Mushin, Orange EMD Fred Palmer, Asst. Director Tino Russo and Asst. Police Chief Tony Cuozzo.

The town of Orange is monitoring this Winter Storm and will provide updates if any conditions require opening the shelter or any other circumstances.


For preparation information go to official sites such as:

www.Getreadycapitolregion.org     www.redcross.org      www.Ready.gov

Severe cold weather is the major concern for this storm.

Try to keep water pipes and heating pipes from freezing, exterior wall exposure.

Businesses: Fire Sprinkler System water pipes.

During an emergency such as winter storms, hurricanes, power outages, etc, If you are able, please go to the following sites for immediate up to date information on the status of the conditions in town and available services.

We will keep this website up to date on our status.

Twitter: @orangectemd

www.orangectlive.com  or https://www.facebook.com/Orangectlive

OGAT  – instant access button is available on the Orange Live website

Bookmark all of these addresses on your computer and/or smart phone.

Fred Palmer
Director of Emergency Management Town of Orange

Orange Prepares For Hurricane Season

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Jun 202013

The Emergency Management Team meets at the Orange PD for a mock drill.

The Emergency Management Team meets at the Orange PD for a mock drill.

The Orange Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was open Thursday, June 20, as representatives from the Police, fire, highway, and health departments, OVNA, UI, CERT and Emergency Management team all came together at the Orange Police Department to take part in a realistic statewide drill.

The exercise involved every city and town in Connecticut.

The scenario this week was a hurricane bearing down on Connecticut.

Each EOC took directions from the state, receiving updates, and localized information in real time.

Just like last year’s practice drill in July, the group went through the motions as if this was a real emergency.

On a pull down video screen, the entire room could see everything that was posted on the computer, including incoming e-mail and what level of preparedness different areas of the state were under at any given time.

Everyone discussed different options, evacuation plans, strike team organization and other necessary information as each became pertinent to the operation.

The purpose of the exercise was to ensure that every community in CT was prepared to jump into action if a disaster struck.

Orange had an excellent program in place during Hurricane Irene in August 2011, which hit land as a tropical storm, but still took down hundreds of trees all around town and left some residents in the dark for more than a week. That program, which includes strike teams and inter-departmental cooperation worked so well that it carried through to subsequent storms.

Orange also has a large trailer for animals that visit the shelter during a storm. The trailer can be transported to any other city or town if its shelter is open and they are in dire need of a place for pets. Many residents brought their four legged companions with them during last year’s storms and everyone was well taken care of.


The most important thing that residents can do is prepare themselves to be self sufficient for 7-10 days or longer. The emergency shelter at High Plains will be open but it won’t do you any good if you can’t get out of your house or neighborhood due to dangerous conditions.

Since Hurricane Season has already begun, now is as good a time as any to put a survival kit together.

Purchase a large plastic tote container that will keep everything dry in the event of flooding.

Start packing it now, little by little with canned goods, and a can opener (very important), a first aid kit, sunscreen, disposable utensils and paper plates, 2 or 3 working flashlights with spare batteries, a wind up or battery operated radio with spare batteries, protein rich snacks like nuts to keep you full in the event that you are stranded for a long time. Non perishable items, at least one gallon of water per person per day. Be sure to have food and water for your pets too.

Fill your bath tub with water, not for bathing, but so that you can flush your toilet if water supply is interrupted.

Fill your propane tank for a gas grill for cooking.

Get a generator before they all sell out. Have it installed by a licensed electrician and do not run it inside the house or near vents or open windows.

If anyone in your home relies on electrical medical equipment such as an oxygen machine you should invest in a generator. Notify the UI and VNA before the storm arrives so they are aware of your situation.

Don’t forget to take cash out of the bank ahead of time. The ATMs at your bank will not work if there is no power.

A Message From The Orange Emergency Management Director

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Feb 082013

A message from Orange Emergency Management:

Blizzard conditions prevail:

Please stay in your houses and off the roads if possible.   No parking in streets.

If you are able to shovel snow, consider helping our volunteer firefighters by clearing snow from the fire hydrants in your neighborhood.

Our Shelter is not open at this time.

When the Blizzard ends we will determine if the shelter will be needed.

U.I.  contacts:  www.uinet.com under Storm Center. To report outages, call UI at 800-7-CALL-UI (800-722-5584).

If you have a true emergency call 911.

Non emergency calls can be directed to the Orange Police Department at 203-891-2130

Thank You

Fred Palmer EMD

Tino Russo Asst. EMD


How Prepared Is Orange In The Face Of An Emergency?

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Jul 302012

Emergency Preparedness Drill planned.

During Hurricane Irene last August, the Orange Police Department, Volunteer Fire Department, Highway Department, Emergency Management Personnel and CERT came together with an excellent plan that covered every possible challenge seamlessly.

The Police Headquarters served as the Emergency Command Center, with representatives from each department working together for a full 48-hour period.

This weekend every town and city in the state is taking part in the Emergency Preparedness and Planning Initiative (EPPI).

Emergency Management Director Fred Palmer said, “‘Orange is participating in the Statewide Hurricane Exercise — EPPI Statewide Hurricane Exercise 2012 on Monday and Tuesday, July 30 and 31.”

With the threat of thunderstorms on both days, the inclement weather will simply add a bit of reality to the mock situations.

If last year’s actual activation of the town’s plan is a gauge for what Orange can do, the town will surely impress the powers that be in Hartford and Homeland Security.