Welcome to the Town of Groton, Connecticut

Emergency Management


Lieutenant James Bee, Deputy Director
e-mail: jbee@groton-ct.gov
24 Hour Emergency 860-445-2497


The Town of Groton's Office of Emergency Management (formerly Civil Preparedness) is responsible for planning how the Town will respond to an emergency such as a hurricane or major winter storm, a hazardous materials release or an accident at the Millstone Nuclear Power Station. We are also responsible for the coordination of local government and emergency services with the Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and surrounding communities.

The OEM is manned 24 hours a day in order to receive warnings and alerts over several different warning networks. Any warnings or alerts received are immediately distributed to Emergency Services, Public Officials and the public if necessary.

The Office of Emergency Management provides a single point of coordination for Groton public safety projects. This includes emergency management planning, preparation activities such as training and exercises, response support coordination during emergencies and coordination of recovery programs following emergencies. In this capacity, Groton's Office of Emergency Management works closely with local and State public safety organizations to facilitate a coordinated approach to emergencies. The Town of Groton's Office of Emergency Management is responsible for community preparedness through planning, mitigation, response and recovery.

The Town of Groton is within the Millstone Nuclear Power station Planning Zone.  Click here to find out what you should do in the event of a Millstone Emergency.

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"FAILING TO PLAN IS PLANNING TO FAIL"

For information on any weather related or other emergency alerts, please visit the Announcements section on the town's main page or visit us on Facebook.

Are You Ready?

Being prepared can reduce fear, anxiety, and losses that accompany disasters. Communities, families and individuals should know what to do in the event of a fire and where to seek shelter during a tornado. They should be ready to evacuate their homes and take refuge in public shelters and know how to care for their basic medical needs. Visit FEMA.gov and Ready.gov for more information regarding personal planning tips.

You can also find hurricane preparedness information in FEMA's pamphlet:
Surviving the Storm

Hurricane checklists and wind protection for homeowners from FEMA:
Avoiding Hurricane Damage

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News and Information

Ebola is very much in the news lately.  Even so, the risk of Ebola to the general population remains extremely low.  Federal, state and local agencies including all of Connecticut’s Hospitals have plans in place to respond to any Ebola cases that may present themselves in Connecticut.  If you would like additional information on Ebola, please refer to the State’s Ebola information website at www.ct.gov/ebola or the CDC Ebola website at  www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html.

If you would like information on KI pills or want to fill out a Special Needs Information Card to keep on file with our office should there be a Millstone event, please go to here.

We are now on Facebook! Please visit our page often for public education tips on hurricanes, rip tides, and much more. You will also find on our page, information on impending weather events as well as announcements of events the Office of Emergency Management will be involved in throughout the year. Simply type Town of Groton in your Facebook search window and click on Office of Emergency Management. See you on Facebook!!