created April 14, 2010
modified April 5, 2015
verified April 5, 2015
Welcome to the Region 2 Pages on the AF1HS webserver. CT is divided up into 5 distinct Regions which were developed when the state Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) was created in 2005. The new Department combined the Office of Emergency Management within the Military Department and the Homeland Security Division of the Department of Public Safety. As a result of this merger, DEMHS' primary responsibility is to provide a coordinated, integrated program for statewide emergency management and homeland security.
Each of the five DEMHS regions contain approximately 30-40 municipalities except Region 1, with 14 municipalities. Region 4 also covers two tribal nations. Each Region is under the leadership of a Regional Coordinator. Each municipality within a Region is responsible for appointing a local Emergency Management Director (EMD). Additionally, each town must prepare an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) that is reviewed and updated annually. Several times per year the municipalities as well as the State Regions engage in drills simulating various emergency conditions. These exercises help reveal any weaknesses in the EOP and help point out any changes that should be made to training or established procedures.
The CT Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) divided up the State into the same five Regions and coordinates closely with the State Regional Coordinators. Each ARES Region has a District Emergency Coordinator (DEC) who is responsible for his Region. He has Emergency Coordinators (ECs) that are either assigned to particular municipalities or are responsible for several municipalities. These ECs coordinate directly with the EMDs of their respective towns. Some Regions, due to their size, have Assistant DECs (ADECs) helping the DEC. All DECs report to the Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC). The SEC reports to the Section Manager (SM) who is appointed by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). During any emergency, a Regional Coordinator will generally call the SEC for assistance. The SEC alerts the DEC for the affected area who in turn calls his ECs for assistance. During major events, an alert is sent out over the state repeaters and various websites alerting ARES members to prepare for deployment. CT ARES works closely with the CT Red Cross to provide communications from operational shelters; communications are also provided for various Health Districts around the State. Similarly, CT ARES additionally runs various drills to verify that our own EOPs and procedures are instrumental in completing any given task during an emergency. CT ARES often drills hand-in-hand with town and State officials during their exercises. Both sides are therefore better coordinated to operate more efficiently should an actual emergency occur.
CT ARES members are expected to maintain up-to-date contact information on the CT ARES Database and to attempt to maintain a level of training to make them more useful members during any declared emergency, whether it be at the local, state or National level. FEMA and ARRL both have excellent training courses on-line. As a minimum, members should take the ICS 100, 200, 700 and 800 courses to become informed on basic terminology and procedures.
To become familiar with the various municipalities within Region 2, there is a link at the top of the page allowing access to detailed data about local town frequencies, a town's demographics and service providers, various contact data for government officials and emergency services, such as hospitals, medical facilities, police and fire departments. Fire houses, schools and churches are listed since they provide potential locations for shelters or staging areas during a drill or event.