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State prepares for hurricane season with two-day drill

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (Hugh McQuaid photo)
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (Hugh McQuaid photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – State and local officials concluded a two-day emergency preparedness drill with utility companies Monday to practice responding to natural disasters like hurricanes.

One hundred and sixty-two of the state’s 169 towns participated in the drill, which simulated the aftermath of a Category 1 hurricane. The drill also included the Connecticut’s two Native American tribes and 18 different hospitals.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the drill tested the planning and communication capabilities of the state in an emergency situation. The exercise assumed the storm would knock out power to 70 percent of the state’s electricity customers, which would take an estimated nine to 14 days to restore. He said the drill was designed to impact the entire state.

“Storms and other emergencies are inevitable but the more we all work together, the more we can limit the impact of those disasters with aid reaching those most in need of help, ensuring that roads, schools, and businesses are reopened more quickly and help communities return to normal soon than they otherwise would,” Malloy said.

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