Darien maintains an Office of Emergency Management at the town hall (203-656-7345). Deputy Fire Marshal Marc McEwan (mmcewan@darienct.gov) is the town’s emergency management director. The Emergency Message Line is 203-656-7493.

The town subscribes to a Reverse 911 system that enables town leaders to initiate a mass calling to the community with information and steps they should take in case of an emergency. The system can target a small geographic area for local emergencies, or the entire town for larger disasters. The database includes only listed phone numbers available from a commercial source. However, residents and businesses that use unlisted phone numbers, cell phones, or VOIP (voice over Internet protocol) service may be included by registering online at darienct.gov or by visiting the fire marshal’s office in town hall. The system can also notify pagers, fax machines, e-mail addresses, and TTY/TDD devices for the hearing impaired.

The town has published a comprehensive preparedness guide offering information and tips on how to cope with all kinds of emergencies from weather disasters to fire, earthquake, building collapse, chemical spills, carbon monoxide, terrorism, radiation exposure, disease outbreaks, a flu pandemic, and power outages. It is available online at darienct.gov/oem.

Local emergency information will be broadcast on radio stations WNLK/1350AM, WSTC/1400AM, WEFX/95.9FM, WKHL/96.7FM; on television stations WTNH/TV8, WFSB/TV3, News 12, and Darien Channel 79. 

The Darien Department of Social Services is keeping a list of individuals with special needs who require assistance during an emergency. To be placed on the list, call 203-656-7328.