Drill they must: Westport officials prep for winter storms
Published 2:27 pm, Thursday, June 20, 2013
Summer is here and temperatures are in the 70s, but there's no time like the present to conduct a statewide drill on how to respond to a potential ice storm.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy kicked off the exercises Thursday morning at the state's emergency operation center in Hartford and, as a way to gear up for potential winter onslaughts, participated in a series of calls with state and local government leaders and utility company officials.
Westport's emergency-management officials participated in the drill, which simulated an ice storm in the northwest section of the state.
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff activated the Emergency Operations Center at Fire Department headquarters and was joined by town fire and police officials, as well as officials from other town departments.
"Our role this time was to support the hard-hit northwest region," Joseloff said in a statement. "But whether it's an ice storm, hurricane or other disaster, going through these steps helps us better prepare for the real thing, regardless of whether we are directly impacted."
During the drill participants reviewed the steps of the Incident Command System (ICS), the nationally mandated organizational structure that is used during emergency events. This helps simulate the kinds of aid Westport could provide during an ice storm in the northwest region.
"I think it went very well," Joseloff said. "We have some new players involved, and it was a good chance for them to see what's involved and be better prepared for the real thing."