(WTNH) — The storm chugging up the East Coast toward Connecticut is a good warm-up of sorts for Connecticut emergency preparedness.
Governor Malloy will be the one to make the decision if it is necessary to activate the Emergency Operation Center, or EOC as it’s called. He is briefed by towns and state officials, the Connecticut National Guard and electric company’s. Scott Devico PIO for Homeland Security says they watch the storms and monitor the damage so they can stay out ahead of it.
“It’s a command coordination center. We are getting the resources to municipalities that are needed or should they be needed in any particular region,” said Devico.
Right now, it is clear skies and smooth sailing, but Connecticut has seen its share of nasty storms with flooding high winds and lots of damage. This storm coming up the coast may or may not be a problem, says the Head of Homeland Security, but it’s too soon to tell. The governor and state officials are keeping a close eye on it and they say, so should you.
“There’s a lot of uncertainty with the track of the storm. The most important thing the public can do right now is to pay attention,” said Devico.
Right now, the word hurricane is being used, however by the time that storm gets all the way up to Connecticut, they’re not sure exactly what kind of condition it’ll be in; if it will have strong winds, but what they are really concerned about is the water along the shoreline. They’re keeping a close eye on potential coastal flooding, storm surge, that kind of thing because they say it’s most likely water that is going to get them to activate the EOC if they have to.
“Whether it be roads, whether it be individual municipalities or utilities, they are embedded in the Emergency Operation Center. So we have a clear picture of what’s going on with the state and we could coordinate a response to any disaster or emergency,” said Devico.
Once the governor activates the EOC, it’s just a matter of hours before everyone reports for duty.