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Ridgefield among towns participating in statewide emergency preparedness drill

The state is set for part two of an emergency preparedness drill, with Day one held on Saturday.  In the past, statewide emergency drills have used a hurricane and a winter ice storm as the scenario.  Ridgefield is among the towns participating today.  State Emergency Management spokesman Scott Devico says this time it will be the effects of a tornado touching down in several towns. 


Devico says a post event analysis and report will be done to point out the strengths and weaknesses observed during the drill. 


Ridgefield town department heads, school officials, emergency management personnel and volunteers are participating in the third annual Emergency Planning and Preparedness Initiative.  It's a drill that simulates response to a large-scale, natural or man-made disasters.  Typically, the scenario is a major weather event complicated locally by structural damage, utility outages, trapped persons, closed roads, fires and other challenges.   


First Selectman Rudy Marconi says the drill gives municipalities the chance to see what parts of emergency operations plans work and what needs revision.  Marconi says most of the Emergency Operations Center logistics, planning and staff work is accomplished by specially trained members of the Community Emergency Response Team.


Marconi says these types of drills have helped the town to improve overall response.  He emphasized that Wednesday's events are only a DRILL and no real emergency is taking place.


In Ridgefield this year, school emergency plans, will be exercised along with the overall town plans.

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