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State to hold drill that simulates coordinated response to tornado

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Gov. Dannel Malloy said state will simulate coordinated response to a tornado over the weekend. (WFSB file photo) Gov. Dannel Malloy said state will simulate coordinated response to a tornado over the weekend. (WFSB file photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Government officials in Connecticut will work together this weekend to see if schools were ready for a tornado.

The drill on Saturday and Sunday is “designed to enhance readiness and disaster planning at all levels of government” including in school scenarios.

“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,” Gov. Dannel Malloy said in a statement on Thursday.

Emergency Preparedness and Planning Initiative was started by the governor in 2011 and the first drill was held in 2012. Previous drills have focused on statewide response to hurricanes and ice storms.

“These exercises improve our ability to respond to crisis and help us protect residents and infrastructure. Establishing strong partnerships among municipalities, state officials, and others is key to building cohesive response teams that more efficiently restore services, transportation, and normalcy,” Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman said in a statement on Thursday.

During the drill, the state Emergency Operations Center in Hartford will be staffed with state and local officials.

One of the exercises will be the Connecticut Urban Search and Rescue Team searching a collapsed building at Camp Hartell in Windsor Locks to try and locate victims.

For more information on the Emergency Preparedness and Planning Initiative, click here.

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