Connecticut officials say they will conduct a two-day emergency preparedness drill designed to simulate a major ice storm.
Gov. Dannel Malloy said one of the goals of the drill is to improve communications among the state's partners during emergency situations. The drill will be held this Saturday and on Nov. 2.
“We must continually look for ways to improve how we respond to emergency situations so that when an event requiring a coordinated response occurs, every level of government and the state’s utility companies have a clear mission and goal and are working in coordination with each other to reach it. 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 in a timely manner, and communities can return to normal sooner than might otherwise be possible," Malloy said in a statement on Thursday.
The drill will be coordinated by the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection's Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. State government, local governments and utility companies will be involved.
Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman will participate in the drill.
“Preparation is key to responding to a crisis. Establishing collaboration and teamwork before a disaster occurs ensures better coordination when we most need it to protect residents’ lives and Connecticut’s infrastructure," Wyman said in a statement on Thursday.
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