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Emergency Preparedness & Family Safety in CT

A forum held at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, May 10, 2011

Rep. Dargan, Sen. Hartley, Elaine Zimmerman

The co-chairs of the legislature's Public Safety and Security Committee, Representative Stephen Dargan of West Haven and Senator Joan Hartley of Waterbury (speaking), delivered opening remarks. Listening at right is Commission on Children Executive Director Elaine Zimmerman.

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In light of recent disasters around the world, particularly the earthquakes and resulting nuclear-reactor emergency in Japan, the Commission on Children organized a forum to address what steps Connecticut needs to take to protect its children and families in the event of similar disasters.

The event also included a discussion of pending legislation-—Senate Bill 983, An Act Concerning Children Affected by Disaster and Terrorism—that would require the state to address the needs of children in its civil preparedness planning. The bill would require the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) to amend the state's civil preparedness program to include planning and activities aimed at ensuring the safety of children and youth in the event of natural or man-made disasters or terrorism. It would also require DEMHS to report annually to the General Assembly on the status of this work. (Summary of the bill)

In addition to participating in the forum, DEMHS served as a co-sponsor.

Speakers included:

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This page was last updated: May 18, 2011

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