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Tuesday, 25 June 2013 16:10

Glitches in state-wide emergency drill prevent participation

Technology problems at the state level last Thursday prevented effective town participation in the 2013 Statewide Severe Weather Exercise, which was executed over two days last week.

The Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection (DESPP) simulated a severe ice storm affecting the west and northwest portion of the state, Region 5 of the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS). This was the second year for the drill, which was enacted as part of Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s emergency preparedness and planning initiatives after the severe storms that impacted the region during the previous year.

Towns could elect to participate either Thursday, June 20 or Saturday, June 22.

According to a notice provided to the towns by DESPP, the simulation was supposed to give the region, “an opportunity to exercise DEMHS Region 5’s Regional Emergency Support Plan with the other 4 DEMHS Regions participating in support roles.”