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Connecticut's Statewide Emergency Drill Focuses On Tornado Threat

Gov. Dannel Malloy, center, getting an update on Hurricane Sandy's damage in Stamford in 2012, is holding a two-day statewide emergency preparedness drill to simulate a coordinated response to a tornado. Photo Credit: Anthony Buzzeo, File
Gov. Mallory announces a two-day statewide emergency preparedness drill to simulate a coordinated response to a tornado. Photo Credit: File

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Gov. Dannel Malloy said the state will hold a two-day statewide emergency preparedness drill to simulate a coordinated response to a tornado in Connecticut.

Coordinated by the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, the exercise will simulate a tornado touching down in participating towns and will test the coordination and response of all stakeholders on Saturday, Oct. 17, and Wednesday, Oct. 21.

The exercise is part of Malloy’s ongoing Emergency Preparedness and Planning Initiative, which began in 2011 and included the first statewide exercise in 2012.

“As several recent storms and emergencies have shown us, all key stakeholders in the state must be prepared and ready at any given time for any type of sudden, unexpected situation, and that’s why it is imperative that we must come together and regularly conduct these drills to ensure that we have a coordinated response that can help limit the impact of potential disasters,” Malloy said.

At Malloy’s direction, state agencies are participating and will include a test of each agency’s emergency contact list as well as reviewing, convening and updating of each agency’s Incident Management Team. State officials will also support state and local emergency operations by staffing the state Emergency Operations Center in Hartford as needed during the exercise.

In addition, during Wednesday’s drill, the state’s Urban Search and Rescue Team will exercise the search for victims in a collapsed building at Camp Hartell in Windsor Locks.

The state’s utilities will also participate in the exercise in order to test their coordination and response to power restoration with participating municipalities and the state.

CLICK HERE for more info on the Governor’s Emergency Planning and Preparedness Initiative can be found at www.ct.gov/demhs.

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