Emergency officials meet over natural-disaster preparedness

Several Connecticut fire department chiefs met with Gov. Dannel Malloy?s (D-Conn.) Two Storm commission today to discuss how the state could have better prepared for

HARTFORD - Several Connecticut fire department chiefs met with Gov. Dannel Malloy?s (D-Conn.) Two Storm commission today to discuss how the state could have better prepared for Hurricane Irene and last month's snowstorm.

Fire chiefs and medical responders said the lack of communication between the different departments slowed down response times.

Officials also said no town can afford to act independently during a natural disaster, and that neighboring towns should work together to help each other.

One possible solution raised today was staging an artificial natural disaster once a year to allow the towns to rehearse a coordinated statewide response. However, some said the idea of rehearsing a natural disaster would simply be too expensive.

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