The Region 2 Regional Emergency Planning Team, (REPT) is a formal board that operates under the jurisdiction of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS). The REPT board is comprised of the Chief Elected official (CEO) of each of the 30 member towns. The REPT is supported by a working Steering Committee (REPTSC) comprised of the Chairpersons of each Regional Emergency Support Function (RESF) and seven Emergency Management Directors (EMD) from the region. The REPT meets once per quarter while the REPTSC meets once per month. A REPT Flow Chart provides more information on the organization of the Regions. RiverCOG is the project manager and fiduciary lead for the DEMHS Region 2. RiverCOG oversees all grant operations, completion of Grant Deliverables and maintenance of the budget.
The member towns of Region 2 include: Ansonia, Bethany, Branford, Cheshire, Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Derby, Durham, East Haven, Essex, Guilford, Haddam, Hamden, Killingworth, Madison, Meriden, Middlefield, Milford, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Old Saybrook, Orange, Seymour, Shelton, Wallingford, Westbrook, West Haven and Woodbridge. RiverCOG is the fiducuary RPO with the project being overseen by RiverCOG Deputy Director J. H. Torrance Downes. The Regional DESPP Coordinator is John Field.
The Region 2 Incident Management Team is one of several teams operating in the state. It was recently recognized by several Region 2 Fire Chiefs under REPT ESF4 that there was a need for a Regional Incident Management Team (IMT). This need was brought forward to the REPT and, with State guidance through DEMHS, the team was set up with instruction on how to manage their operation. The REPT appointed Deputy Chief Scott Schwartz of the West Haven Fire Department as Chairperson. Deputy Chief Schwartz gave several informal presentations to first the Region 2 Fire Chiefs and then others including CEOs, police chiefs and emergency management directors to educate them on the value of a regional team as well as receive the full support of public safety entities within the region. Deputy Schwartz along with colleages from Middletown gave a presentation on what the benefits of an IMT might have been at the 2011 power plant explosion in Middletown. There an IMT operated for several days assisting in the management of a multi-agency multi jurisdictional incident. The teams work proved invaluable to the incident commanders.
The Region 2 IMT is managed through an executive committee overseen by it's REPT chairman, meeting regularly to approve new members and plan training. Some frequently asked questions about Regional IMTs is presented:
An IMT is used to manage the logistical, fiscal, planning, operational, safety and community issues related to the incident/emergency or planned event. An Incident Management Team will provide the command and control infrastructure that is required at an incident or planned event that stresses or exceeds local resources. The IMT does not replace your command structure it reinforces it with specifically trained individuals filling needed positions within your own emergency operations center.
The Region 2 IMT is made up of highly trained public safety and emergency management personnel from across the region. These dedicated all-volunteer men and women bring years of experience to the team. All have been trained and continue to be trained as federally certified members in their respective areas of emergency management. The training is continuous and the team receives new members on a regular basis.
The team is activated at no cost to any requesting jurisdiction. The team’s members are all volunteer and have MOAs (Memorandums of Agreement) with their employers allowing for activation outside of their own jurisdictions.
Request and activations go through your local Emergency Management Director to the DEMHS Region 2 Coordinator. The team can be activated for any size incident or emergency and can also assist in any planned special events.
The Region 2 Incident Management Team is always seeking new members and is currently purchasing equipment for mobilization. The team is funded through the REPT with state administered Homeland Security funds. The team is thankful for the support it receives from local police, fire chiefs, EMDs and chief elected officials. If you have any questions about the team please contact Deputy Chief Scott Schwartz (203) 937-3710 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VEOCI is a computer software program that is designed to help with operational challenges that may be faced during an emergency. It provides a way of tracking and mapping what is happening, organizing communications, and provides a time-stamped record for the purposes of documentation and reimbursement. Beyond helping operationally, VEOCI will save a town time and money. VEOCI is also easy to use. Most who used VEOCI during Hurricane Sandy were "just-in-time" trained.
To better understand VEOCI and see how it can be used, watch this video that shows how the City of New Haven utilized the software during Hurricane Sandy.
The software is an emergency management tool that has been requested by the towns that form DESPP Region 2. This operational management software will allow the emergency operations center in each of the towns to efficiently schedule personnel prior, during, and post emergency through the on-time visualization of town resources (public works crews, fire department, town police, administrative offices, health department, non for profit organizations, and transit). The use of this management software in each of the towns will create a more cohesive and timely bridge information from towns operations to regional and state operations. The towns and the region will be able to better communicate information to the State WEBEOC communications channels using time efficient understanding of on-the-ground operations in their town. Greywall Industries is currently training municipal Emergency Management Directors and other key personnel in the municipalities on the use of the software. For more information please, call or email Jeremy DeCarli.