Emergency Preparedness

The Chesprocott Health District is dedicated to helping you and your family prepare for and respond to emergencies that could affect the public’s health.

Public health emergencies include:

Your Town will take the lead role, with Chesprocott assisting as needed, in the event an emergency shelter or other emergency services are needed due to a weather event, power outage, etc.

Chesprocott will take the lead in the event of a public health emergency. Chesprocott has developed a Mass Dispensing Plan for the purpose of mass distribution of medications and/or vaccinations in response to a public health threat such as a disease outbreak or biological, chemical, or radiological hazard. The Chesprocott Health District is designated as Connecticut Mass Dispensing Area 16 (MDA 16) which covers the towns of Cheshire, Prospect and Wolcott.

MDA 16

Our goal is to provide you with quick, accurate information and give you direction and guidance should the need arise for mass dispensing to our residents. Point of Dispensing locations have been identified in our community should a public health emergency arise and medication and/or vaccinations are needed.

What to Expect in a Mass Dispensing Emergency

For emergency preparedness and response information directly from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), please take a few moments to visit the CDC’s website here.

We also encourage you to watch the following video clips to acquaint yourself with information related to the CDC, the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), public health emergency activities, and the response efforts associated with dispensing medical countermeasures (MCMs) to the public.  In the event of a Public Health Emergency involving mass MCM dispensing, Chesprocott Health District would initiate similar operations and activities as depicted within these videos.

 “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Saving Lives. Protecting People” video (3:05)

MCM “Point of Dispensing site (POD)” video from Catawba County, NC (3:47)

“Point of Dispensing Operations” video from Carbon County Montana Public Health (10:22)


Do You Know Where to Go?


Cheshire HS

Cheshire High School

Cheshire High School located at 525 South Main Street, Cheshire, CT 06410 will serve all residents in the district (Cheshire, Prospect, and Wolcott).




Chesprocott Health District Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for all three towns to help at your local dispensing clinic. Many skill sets, both medical and non-medical are needed to help the clinics run smoothly. If you would like to to volunteer, please fill out the form below and submit via fax, email or by mail.  Thank you for your consideration!

Volunteer Form

After completing and submitting a Volunteer Sign-up Form to Chesprocott Health District, we encourage our Volunteers to register with FEMA (to obtain a Student Identification Number (SID) for independent study), in addition to registering with Train CT (to create an account) for the purpose of signing-up and completing at-your-pace, on-line training associated with CHD’s Volunteer Training & Management program.

Register for a FEMA SID using the FEMA Student Identification System here

Access FEMA Training through FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute here

For an overview of FEMA training, click here

Please refer to the TRAIN National “Quick Guide” to assist you in creating a training account with the CT Department of Public Health.

To Create an account through TRAIN CT, click here

Personal Preparedness

Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed.

It is essential that individuals take the time to prepare themselves and their families for a potential emergency before the emergency strikes. You can start living prepared by following these three basic steps.

Step 1: Build a Kit
Taking time now to prepare can help keep you and your family safe in the event of an emergency. Start building your disaster supplies kit today. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of items you and your family may need in the event of an emergency. You may even have some of the items at home already. Your disaster supplies kit should include enough water (1 gallon/per person/per day), food, and supplies for you and your family for at least 72 hours. For information on items to include in your disaster supplies kit, click here.

Step 2: Make a Plan
How will you communicate with your loved ones in an emergency? Where will you go if you have to be evacuated from your home? These are some questions you should address now, before an emergency happens. Sit down with your family and make a plan together, include the kids in this too. For information on making a plan, click here.

Step 3: Be Informed
Be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and how to stay safe during one. Knowing what to do before, during, and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.

Extreme Weather Preparation Links

Emergency Preparedness Links