A statewide emergency preparedness drill was held last week. Ridgefield was among the towns participating. This drill had cities and towns dealing with the effects of a tornado touching down. First Selectman Rudy says there were directives handed down from the state at various times about specific scenarios, for example a building collapse trapping people.
All of the people on hand had to respond to those situations. Ridgefield town department heads, school officials, emergency management personnel and volunteers participated in the third annual Emergency Planning and Preparedness Initiative.
Marconi says it's not good news that towns have to practice these types of exercises.
A review of the exercise was done immediately after the drill reviewing lessons learned. There were about 30 to 40 people in the room at any given time. Marconi says that's a little unusual, but was an opportunity for people to see what takes place in the Emergency Operations Center. The Water Pollution Control Authority was involved, where as in the past they've been on the periphery
The new Superintendent of Schools, Karen Baldwin, and the school IT Director and Director of Facilities were part of the drill. He commended her work is putting together a good program. He says Baldwin has spent a lot of hours making sure that the schools are prepared.