It's the start of hurricane season and Connecticut's Governor is asking all levels of government to participate in a state-wide emergency preparedness drill to enhance planning, readiness and disaster preparedness.
Stamford officials are taking part in these drills today, which simulate a Category 1 Hurricane. According to the National Hurricane Center, a category 1 produces very dangerous winds, between 74 to 95 mph, that will cause some damage -- resulting in power outages, downed trees and minimal damage to homes.
“We must always look to improve the way we respond to an emergency so that when disaster does strike every level of government and our private sector partners, including the state’s utilities, are clear about its mission and goals,” said Governor Dannel Malloy. “Storms and other emergencies are inevitable, but the more we all work together to limit the impact of potential disasters, the better prepared we will be to identify and get aid to those most in need, re-open roads, schools and businesses more quickly and help communities return to normal sooner than might otherwise be possible.”
This hurricane season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting 8 to 13 named storms, with three to six possibly becoming hurricanes and one to two possibly becoming major hurricanes.
“This exercise continues our commitment to ensure that the people of Connecticut receive the timely, coordinated response they deserve when the next inevitable catastrophe hits,” said Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman. “These two days will create a blueprint of how we can improve our preparation heading into the height of hurricane season.”
The state department of emergency services and public protection's division of emergency management and homeland security is organizing the simulation, testing the coordination and response of all participating stakeholders. The exercise is part of Malloy's Emergency Preparedness and Planning Initiative, developed in 2011.
Stamford's office of public safety, health and welfare, mayor's office and other city departments began reviewing hurricane and coastal storm procedures at the end of May during National Hurricane Preparedness Week. Hurricane season runs through November 30.