Volunteers are needed to help staff Litchfield’s Community Emergency Response Team as it prepares to assist residents if necessary during the growing coronavirus crisis.

First Selectman Denise Raap activated the response team on Friday and has been working with Paul Gibb, the town’s emergency management director, and other town officials on a readiness plan that would ensure continued town operations should the coronavirus arrive.

The response team would help residents who couldn’t leave their homes because they would either have the virus or are at high risk of contracting it. Delivering food would be one of the tasks of the team.

Raap and Gibb on Friday with James Simoncelli, executive director of the Litchfield Housing Authority, which manages senior citizen housing at Wells Run and Bantam Falls, to discuss a contingency plan for both communities.

Volunteers interested in serving on the response team can call the first selectman’s office at 860-567-7550.

Raap has been providing regular updates on the town’s response to the crisis through phone calls, text messages and emails using the town’s emergency alert system. To receive updates, go to townoflitchfield.org and sign up using the “emergency alerts” prompt on the home page.

Raap was also planning to meet with the town’s fire and emergency medical services leaders to discuss strategy. She also encouraged residents not to visit Town Hall, the Town Hall Annex in Bantam, the public works department, or the sewer department for non-essential matters.