CT city finds flaws in emergency plans after Hurricane Bill prep

Emergency Management Alert, August 25, 2009

After emergency management officials in Norwich, CT, met to prepare for Hurricane Bill, officials began to realize holes in their emergency management plan, reports the Norwich Bulletin.

The gaps in planning are a lesson to many other towns handling hurricane season. As the city meeting members discussed operating procedures, questions arose that could not be answered, many about communication, including who makes the decisions to redirect people from a shelter that reaches capacity or how does information get passed along when the emergency center lacks a direct 911 connection.

Though Hurricane Bill did not cause an emergency in Norwich, the preparation revealed the need for an overhaul of the plan, reports the Norwich Bulletin. Participants in the meeting urged for satellite phones, but officials said recent budget cuts made such a purchase unlikely.

Source: Norwich Bulletin.

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