Salvation Army Participates in Disaster Drill
to Prepare for
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
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.