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Emergency Management

The possibility of public health and safety emergencies arising in the United States concerns many people in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hurricanes, acts of terrorism, and past public health emergencies have also impacted the region. Such incidents can have a great impact on our public infrastructure. MetroCOG seeks to develop preparedness actions to help people deal with disasters of all sorts much more effectively.

DEHMS Region 1

Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS)


Region 1 Emergency Planning Team (R1EPT)

The State of Connecticut is divided into five Regional Emergency Planning Team (REPT) under the direction of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. The purpose of the REPTs is to bring together professionals from various organizations and agencies that may become involved in responding to a natural or man-made disaster to better plan for and respond to an event. MetroCOG is a member of and participates in the Region 1 Emergency Planning Team (R1EPT). The team provides technical assistance to the transportation and public works emergency support function groups and maintains a dialogue with the chief elected officials of the region on the activities of the R1EPT.


A key component of the R1EPT is the convening of various Emergency Support Function Groups, referred to as ESFs. These ESFs focus their attention on critical discipline-oriented areas. These are working groups tasked with advising and making recommendations to the Regional Emergency Planning Team relative to their specialized area of expertise. The Federal Emergency Response Plan has identified 17 specific ESF areas. In Region 1, the REPT has convened 17 RESFs. MetroCOG staff serves as Co-Chair of ESF-1: Transportation and primarily provides technical assistance to the group.
The RESF-1 function focuses on potential disruptions to the regional transportation system, which would require inter-jurisdictional coordination and information sharing. Transportation disruptions can occur as a result of direct impacts upon the transportation infrastructure (e.g. disasters and evacuations) or from surges in requirements placed on the system by emergencies in other functional areas.