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Salvation Army Participates in Disaster Drill

Released 25 June 2014

Statewide Drill

Salvation Army Participates in Disaster Drill
to Prepare for Hurricane Season

TORRINGTON - A two-day, statewide emergency preparedness drill designed to enhance mass care planning, readiness, and disaster awareness at all levels of government and the state’s utilities took place on Saturday, June 21, and Monday, June 23, at the Torrington Middle School in Torrington, Connecticut.

The Salvation Army participated under the direction of Major Todd Hughes, Danbury Corps Officer, and volunteers and staff from Danbury. Working out of the Northwest Hills Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) canteen truck, coffee, water, and snacks were served at the 10:00am morning break and hot dogs, drinks, coffee, and bags of chips were served at noon.

Richard Wildman, the new Director of Emergency Disaster Services for the Salvation Army in Southern New England, said, "Overall we were pleased with the effort. Things went well. I was impressed with the way we responded and I came away with a few notes on items that we will work on moving forward."

Captain Samuel Gonzalez, Divisional Secretary, said, "We welcome Richard to our team. He comes to our Division with a tremendous amount of experience in the emergency services field."

"We must always look to improve the way we respond to an emergency - so that when disaster does strike - every level of government and our private sector partners, including the state’s utilities, are clear about its mission and goals," said Governor Dannel P. Malloy. "Storms and other emergencies are inevitable, but the more we all work together to limit the impact of potential disasters, the better prepared we will be to identify and get aid to those most in need, reopen roads, schools, and businesses more quickly and help communities return to normal sooner than might otherwise be possible."

Please note: ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON runs from June 1 to November 30, with the principal threat for Connecticut and Rhode Island between mid-August and mid-October.

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