Connecticut still remembers the widespread damage caused by October Snowstorm Alfred, "Superstorm" Sandy, and Winter Storm Nemo, but natural hazards continue to impact the state each year. Since 2015 Connecticut has experienced at least one blizzard every winter, and thunderstorm winds and lightning strikes alone have caused millions in damage, multiple injuries, and at least four deaths. In 2016 a small tornado blew through North Haven. Severe to extreme drought conditions in 2016 and 2017 led municipalities to implement water restrictions. Severe thunderstorms this May produced tennis ball sized hail, a macroburst in Brookfield, damaging wind throughout Fairfield and New Haven Counties, and four tornadoes in Southbury, Oxford, Bethany, and Hamden; two people were killed.
Natural hazard events cause property damage, power outages, traffic congestion, public and private expenditures, and injury or death. Meanwhile, ongoing development, a changing climate, and sea level rise will change the state’s risk profile in the future.
Hazard mitigation reduces damage to property, injury, and loss of life by supporting sustained actions that prevent or reduce the effects of natural hazards. The Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) is updating the State of Connecticut Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan. Please share your ideas for the plan using the following survey.
If you have any questions, you may enter your contact information at the end of the survey, or contact Rita Stewart of the DESPP Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) at Rita.Stewart@ct.gov.