BRIDGEPORT - Gov. Dannel Malloy was in Bridgeport today to talk about the state's progress on preparing for major storms.

He held a news conference with several local leaders, including Mayor Bill Finch.

In addition to severe storm drills and protocol, Malloy says the state's utility companies have helped establish microgrids to help power emergency services during and directly after severe storms.
Those grids have been built in eight communities, including Bridgeport, Fairfield and Woodbridge.

The governor says he hopes to keep the program growing.

"Over the next two years, I've recommended an additional $30 million in funding for the state's microgrid program to strengthen even more Connecticut communities against storm damage," he said.

Gov. Malloy says that in the meantime, the state will award grants to more communities across Connecticut so they can also install microgrids.