Gov. Dannel Malloy announced Tuesday that a four-day statewide emergency drill designed to simulate a Category 3 hurricane will begin Saturday and will run through Tuesday.
The drill is coordinated by the state's Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
The purpose of the exercise, according to Malloy, is to improve communications between the state's utility companies and state and local governments in the event of an actual emergency or natural disaster.
"We must always look to improve the way we respond to an emergency, so that when disaster strikes, the state's utility companies and every level of government has a clear mission and goal," Malloy said. "Storms and other emergencies are inevitable, but the more we all work together, the more we can limit the impact of those disasters, so that aid reaches those most in need of help; roads, schools and businesses can re-open more quickly; and communities can return to normal sooner than might otherwise be possible."
The four-day exercise will be segmented into two, two-day drills.
Saturday, July 28 and Monday, July 30 will focus on pre-hurricane landfall, while Sunday and Tuesday will focus on post-landfall.
Each day's drill is designed to test a specific, unique set of protocols.
Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman will participate in Saturday and Sunday exercises.
Municipalities that have volunteered to participate in the drill will receive a $1,200 stipend to supplement local costs associated with the drill.
The funding was received by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection through the United States Department of Energy grant as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
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