The Town of Washington, Connecticut
U.S. Mail Address:
Emergency Management Coordinator
P.O. Box 2095
New Preston, CT 06777
• Robert "Rocky" Tomlinson, Coordinator
Alert Now/Blackboard Connect Helps WASHINGON,CT
Provide Faster, More Targeted Information to Residents
Residents are urged to register again, and add current contact information with the new updated Connect Access Portal to stay informed of important messages
WASHINGTON,CT – ALERT NOW- has updated to its Blackboard Connect™ service to provide enhanced communications options to residents and enable community leaders to reach their residents more quickly and effectively, helping to keep them safer and better informed.
As the TOWN’s longstanding, trusted notification platform, ALERT NOW/Blackboard Connect enables officials to quickly deliver critical messages, including emergency alerts and important town announcements, via phone, text and email. WASHINGTON is holding a community-wide data drive, encouraging all residents to register their contact information in the updated system’s secure Connect Access Portal, where they can also manage their message settings, including their preferred language, mode of contact and specific message topics they wish to receive. All residents are need to register on the new portal, even if they are on the current Alert Now list. Portal sign up site is:
WASHINGTON,CT contracts with ALERT NOW/Blackboard Connect to notify residents of urgent emergency communications, such as emergency weather, health, communication, roads, utility updates. Go to the Town of Washington’s Web page; www.washingtonct.org for the link to Connect 5 sign up page.
ALERT NOW - “Blackboard Connect allows us to stay connected by quickly distributing timely, relevant messages to our community,” said Rocky Tomlinson, Washington’s Emergency Management Coordinator, . “Now that residents have the power to customize their message settings, we can make sure they receive the messages that matter most to them. Plus, with the system’s instant reporting we can better track who received a message, and strategically plan for follow-up communications.” capabilities and enhanced geo-mapping so officials can quickly contact specific groups and geographical locations, sending messages only to the residents within select neighborhoods when needed.
For more information on Blackboard Connect, please visit http://www.blackboard.com/connect or contact the company at (202) 463-4860, ext. 2860. WASHINGTON,CT – Contact the the Selectman’s Office @ 860 868 2259, or the Emergency Management Director, Rocky Tomlinson @ 860 868 9942; cell, 860 488 7711, for any local questions.
SOURCES FOR H1N1 INFLUENZA INFORMATION
• Recorded information is available by may calling 211, or from the CT Info 211 web page
• The CTFLUWATCH web page
• Gov Rell's Press Release of May 1, 2009, about Connecticut's first confirmed case of H1N1
• Additional information is also provided in the Department of Defense / CDC Fact Sheet
"H1N1 Flu Outbreak Precautions to Assist in Maintaining Everyday Activities"
New Initiatives:The Town's LEPC (Local Emergency Planning Council) has signed on with Homeland Security and is a Citizen Corps Council. Please see the links below for further information concerning Federal and State Homeland Security and Citizen Corps Council. There are also links for information about concerns about smallpox and the vaccination program from the CDC, State Public Health and Federal Health Services.
Emergency Management Links:
- CL&P Power Outages
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- Ready.Gov - U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- Citizen Corps
- CDC Smallpox Information
- HHS Smallpox Information
From the Town Newsletter (2002):
Since our Nation's tragedy on September 11, 2001, many people are concerned and have questioned whether or not our community is prepared. Your Emergency Services departments are always preparing, training, and reviewing their status. The Town has an excellent emergency communications system, and, with Litchfield County Dispatch, is connected with the Federal, State, and regional resources and information.
Working with our neighbors can save lives and property. Meet with you neighbors to plan how the neighborhood could work together after a disaster until help arrives. Know your neighbors' special skills, or needs, i.e. those with medical needs, disabilities or the elderly. Make plans for childcare in case parents can't get home; looking on neighbors who live alone. Make a family plan of action; assemble a disaster supply kit with enough supplies for three days. Have a plan or make arrangements for your pets. Listen to the radio for emergency instructions. Volunteer to work with our local fire, ambulance or other social service groups.
Families can -- and do -- cope with disasters and other emergencies by preparing in advance and working together as a team. Knowing what to do is your best protection and your responsibility. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Family Protection Program and the American Red Cross Disaster Education Program are nationwide efforts to help citizens prepare for disasters of all types. Request free family protection publications from FEMA, P.O. Box 70274, Washington, D.C. 20024 or contact your local American Red Cross Chapter, 40 Main Street, New Milford, CT 06776, telephone: 860-354-3415.
Dial 911 in a true emergency. If a 911 call fails, or for other non-emergency calls, or for information, use the Town of Washington's emergency telephone number 860-868-7300.
If I can be of assistance or answer any questions, please feel free to contact me at 868-9942 or my day number is 203-792-8200.
-- Robert "Rocky" Tomlinson - Emergency Management Coordinator