DEMHS: All Hazards Planning

The DEMHS All-Hazards Planning (AHP) Unit, reporting to the State Emergency Management Director, is responsible for all-hazards planning, program design and development, administration, coordination, development and maintenance of plans and programs to enhance Connecticut’s prevention, preparedness, response and recovery capabilities.


Connecticut follows the State Response Framework (SRF) for preparing for and responding to natural hazards or disasters that may occur. 

Natural Hazards in Connecticut

Man-Made or Technological Hazards

Widespread Power Failure - the Electrical and Power Restoration Emergency Support Function (ESF 12) Annex of the State Response Framework explains how government will work with utilities to restore power or other utilities.

Nuclear Power Plants - The AHP Unit also includes a Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) section, whose work includes planning, coordination, development, maintenance, exercises and training for the State’s Radiological Emergency Response Plan (RERP). 


Connecticut follows the Disaster Recovery Framework The DEMHS AHP Unit includes a Disaster Recovery section and a Hazard Mitigation section that works with other DEMHS personnel to facilitate preliminary damage assessments and Presidential Declaration requests, and then coordinates federal Public Assistance, Individual Assistance, and Hazard Mitigation disaster relief and mitigation funds for state and federal governments, eligible non-profit organizations and individuals.


The DEMHS AHP Unit works closely with the Strategic Planning and Community Preparedness Unit on strategic planning and disaster recovery.  AHP Unit staff draft and revise the state’s emergency management plans, including the State Response Framework.  DEMHS staff members also work with other states, as well as the Eastern Provinces of Canada, to provide coordinated, collaborative emergency planning and preparedness.



The Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security works closely with local municipalities and the two Tribal Nations to assist in the development of local emergency plans. 


Local Planning Guidance - The AHP unit offers Local Emergency Plans Templates and Guidance.

Connecticut adopted a Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan Update (CT 2014 NHMP Update) in January 2014 to meet Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) guidelines set forth in the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. This Plan represents the State of Connecticut’s efforts to approach mitigating the effects of natural disasters on a multi-hazard basis, and shifts from a disaster-response driven system to one based on effective hazard mitigation planning. 

Click here to learn how to submit a Hazard Mitigation Plan -  Submittal Letter Template

Credentialing of First Responders and Recovery Responders in Connecticut

Statewide Credentialing Document (June 2014) 
Special Note for Private and Non-Profit Level 2 Responders:

To submit your organization's credentials to the WebEOC library, send a file (.jpg file or similar) via email to your DEMHS Regional Coordinator's office.

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