What is a Civil Preparedness Emergency?

In the event of a natural or man made disaster, or if there is an imminent threat of such disaster, the Governor is authorized to declare a Civil Preparedness Emergency. This is commonly known as State of Emergency.

What Does it Authorize?

In the event the Governor declares a Civil Preparedness Emergency,  pursuant  to  Conn.  Gen.  Stat.  §28‐9,  the Governor may take control of any or all parts of the civil preparedness forces and functions within the State. The Governor may also take such actions as are reasonably necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state, to prevent or minimize loss or destruction of property, and to minimize the effects of hostile action. See 28-9 to see a list of the Governor's extraordinary powers.

How May I Be Affected?

Every civil preparedness emergency is different and may result in different protective actions on behalf of members of the public. During crisis situations it is important to Stay Informed so you will know how a Civil Preparedness Emergency may affect you. Examples of possible affects include:

  • Travel Ban
  • School Closure
  • Government Facility and Service Closure
  • Private Industry Closure

Previous Civil Preparedness Emergencies

Below is a list of previous some of the previous civil preparedness emergencies in Connecticut:

Declaration Date
Reason for Declaration
 May 16, 2018
Tornadoes and Severe Storms
March 13, 2017
Winter Storm/Blizzard
January 26, 2015
Winter Storm/Blizzard
 February 8, 2013
 Winter Storm/Blizzard
October 29, 2011
Severe Winter Storm