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									           C o nn ect i cu t D ep a rt men t o f                                                           V o l um e 6 , I s s ue 5
           Emerg en cy M a n a g emen t a n d H o mel and S ecu ri t y
                                                                                                           N o v e m be r 2 0 1 0

                                  PREPAREDNESS EXERCISE
DEMHS Strategic Plan-         2
ning and Grants
                                  An exercise designed to test Connecticut‘s Ra-        Phase 1 (Day 1) was the plume exercise in
Calendar                      3   diological Emergency Response Plan (RERP)             which an escalating emergency at Millstone
                                  was held in conjunction with Millstone Nuclear        Station is simulated and players respond appro-
Fire to Fight Water in East   4   Power Station on October 19 and 20, 2010.             priately according to the RERP. This exercise
Haven                             The exercise took place at the State EOC, local       included the simulating of a release of radiologi-
                                  communities around Waterford and in various           cally contaminated steam from the plant (the
                              5   other locations in Connecticut and New York.          plume). Connecticut‘s protective actions in-
Children and Disasters
                                  The Department of Emergency Management                cluded simulating evacuation and relocation of
                                  and Homeland Security (DEMHS)‘s role was to           the affected population.
                                  coordinate the exercise for Connecticut and
Volunteer Fire Chief of the   6
                                  simulate an emergency activation of the State         Phase 2 (Day 2) was the post-plume or inges-
Year from Wallingford
                                  EOC using the RERP. All DEMHS employees               tion pathway portion of the exercise in which
                                  played their roles as they actually would during      the Departments of Health, Agriculture, and
State Animal Response         7
                                  an emergency. Connecticut‘s Department of             Consumer Protection simulated the collection,
Team                              Environmental Protection (DEP) is the lead tech-      sampling, and testing of potentially contami-
                                  nical agency, responsible for monitoring the          nated materials and foodstuffs that would po-
                                  plant, performing dose calculations and deter-        tentially be taken into the food chain and in-
                                  mining protective action recommendations to           gested by people.
                                  the Governor based on plant conditions and
                                  potential threats to the health and safety of the     Participants were from all sectors of the com-
                                  public.                                               munity, and included:
                                                                                                       Federal: US Nuclear Regulatory
                                  This particular exercise was played in 2 phases                      Commission, US Department of
                                  – over 2 days, and is played and evaluated only
                                                                                                                         (Continued on page 4)
                                  once every six years.

                                  FROM THE COMMISSIONER
                                  Fall is the time of year when DEMHS staff holds      saw the positive results of collaboration, training
                                  annual meetings with local Emergency Manage-         and coordination in the response to the explosion
                                  ment Directors across the state, to reflect on the   at the Kleen Energy plant in Middletown and in
                                  year, and seek their advice and input on how to      many other responses around the state over the
                                  improve. It‘s been a busy year, and I salute all     last year.
                                  members of the Emergency Management and
                                  Homeland Security team in Connecticut for all        The ability to withstand, recover and adapt is the
                                  you've accomplished. Your accomplishments this       definition of resiliency, and through your efforts,
                                  year are the result of many years of working to-     we have enhanced the resiliency of our towns and
           Peter J. Boynton       gether to build our capacity to withstand, recover   our state. This means being able to withstand
            Commissioner          and adapt from man-made or natural events. We        and recover from the inevitable ‗bad thing‘ such
ADVISOR                                                                                                                                                           Page 2

 Emergency Management & Homeland Security Fund-                                    (which began on October 1, 2010) and from this point forward,
 ing Investments Since 2005

 DEMHS recently completed a report detailing our agency expen-
 ditures, activities, and responsibilities since our creation almost
 six years ago. This information will be of interest to CT Emer-
 gency Management & Homeland Security stakeholders as it is
 representative of our collective work. Since 2005 DEMHS has
 invested more than $121 million dollars to protect the citizens of
 our state from terrorism and natural disasters. This funding,
 provided by the
 Federal Depart-
 ment of Home-
 land Security,
 has been used to
 purchase equip-
 ment, enhance                                                                                        2004-2010 Grant Funded Discipline Investment
 planning & re-
 sponse capabili-                                                                  DEMHS will be sub-granting funds to the towns that participate in
 ties and conduct                                                                  the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG). These
 training & exer-                                                                  EMPG sub-grants will allow towns to submit reimbursement re-
 cises for our Po-                                                                 quests on a quarterly or annual basis depending on individual
 lice, Fire and                                                                    needs. Sub-granting of funds also has other benefits including:
 EMS first re-
                                       2004-2010 Grant Funded Program Investment
 sponders. We have used this                                                                1.   The EMPG grant application has been streamlined
 funding to purchase equipment such as emergency response                                        and all governance language has been moved to a
 vehicles, two-way radios, security systems, emergency genera-                                   sub-grant format.
 tors, specialized computers and bomb detection robots. Our plan-                           2.   The letter of award has been replaced by a sub-
 ning investments have included updating all municipal Emer-                                     grant award containing all governance language
 gency Operations Plans and preparing Continuity of Operations                                   and necessary approval signatures.
 Plans at State and municipal levels. Connecticut has also con-                             3.   Reimbursements will be processed more quickly.
 ducted large scale exercises involving terrorism, radiation leaks                          4.   Administrative consistency will be achieved as
 at Millstone and catastrophic disasters involving hurricanes.                                   EMPG adopts the traditional sub-grant structure
                                                                                                 already in place for all other grant programs
                                                                                                 DEMHS administers.
 The DEMHS investments since 2005 also cut across the full
 range of Homeland Security disciplines including Law Enforce-                     S L A B a c kl o g
 ment, Emergency Management, Communications, and the Fire                          The delayed arrival of the Federal EMPG Award this year resulted
 Service. In the first few years after 9/11, DHS channeled funding                 in a backlog of State and Local Assistance (SLA) payments to
 to law enforcement with the aim of protecting against another                     towns that could not be processed prior to the receipt of the fed-
 attack. More recently, DHS has diversified this funding to include                eral award. This backlog of 242 reimbursement requests has
 Interoperable Communications and Hazard Mitigation. Since                         now been processed and paid. For the current fiscal year, a sub-
 2006, DEMHS has made building our regional collaboration ca-                      grant structure is being introduced to the EMPG which should
 pabilities, both in-state and with our neighboring states, a major                help reduce or eliminate future backlogs (see above). If towns
 initiative. Going forward, DEMHS will seek to sustain our current                 have any questions on pending payments, they should contact
 capabilities and respond to any new emerging threats.                             their respective DEMHS Regional Coordinator.

 Emergency Management Performance Grant                                            Recently Received Federal Grant Awards

 S tr e a m l i n i n g I n i ti a ti v e                                          DEMHS has received nearly $20 million in federal grant funding
 In an effort to reduce the documentation necessary to reimburse                   since July 2010. This funding will benefit a variety of disciplines
 towns and cities, beginning with the 2010/2011 fiscal year                                                                                          (Continued on page 8)
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 (Continued from page 1)

 as the storms and accidents we‘ve seen recently, working to return to normalcy by getting roads
 open and schools and businesses back on track. This busy year included not only the tragic explo-
 sion at the Kleen Energy plant in Middletown, but : the response to the H1N1 virus; an attempted
 terrorist car bombing nearby in Times Square; the equivalent of category-1 hurricane winds in Fair-
 field County; flooding that exceeded the 500-year threshold in New London County; two EF-1 torna-
                                                                                                         EVENT S AND T RAINING
 does; Tropical Storm Nicole; and a near-miss by Hurricane Earl- a category 2 storm- that swept past
 Connecticut just 80 miles offshore.

 Continuing to improve our resiliency depends in large part on plans that integrate local, regional      NOVEMBER
 and state preparedness, response and recovery. One of the ways in which DEMHS has improved
 its capacity to support local communities is through the development of a State Response Frame-         15—Web EOC Training
 work which mirrors the National Response Framework. The Framework was signed by Governor                16&23—ICS-400 Advanced ICS
 Rell in October. It details procedures at the state Emergency Operations Center and also how we         Command and General Staff-
                                                                                                         Complex Incidents
 work together with federal, state and local entities to respond to all-hazard incidents.
                                                                                                         16—MGT 347 Incident Command
 On the Homeland Security front, we have improved our capacity by expanding and re-designating           Systems Forms Review
 the State Intelligence Fusion Center (CTIC) to DEMHS headquarters in Hartford. In doing so, we          17—MGT 344 Advanced Incident
 have brought the state fusion center in line with other fusion centers across the country, while        Management/Unified Command
 strengthening our ability to communicate and analyze homeland security information.                     (ICS 400)

 Local, state, and federal preparedness, response and recovery is further integrated in our long-
 term planning. The DEMHS Statewide Strategic Plan was updated last fall with 10 goals, 80 objec-        HAPPY HOLIDAYS
 tives and 403 measurable performance criteria. That plan would not have been possible without           JANUARY
 the participation and contributions of our local, state and federal partners. This type of collabora-
                                                                                                         18&19—FEMA/Water Environ-
 tive planning is a foundation for our continued success in competing for federal grants that are        ment Federation Water Sector
 increasingly critical to support local communities and continue our work towards improving resil-       Interdependencies Training

 Looking forward, DEMHS will continue to work to strengthen resiliency for the state and local com-
 munities to withstand, recover and adapt from man-made or natural events; to strengthen our
 homeland security capacity; and to do everything possible to preserve federal funding for our local
 and state partners.

 Be Ready,

 Peter J. Boynton
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                     (Continued from page 1)                                    ten mile emergency planning zone around Mill-
                                                                                stone make up the ―Offsite Response Organiza-
                                   Agriculture, US Food and Drug Ad-            tion‖ and their participation in the exercise was
                                   ministration, US Environmental
                                   Protection Agency, US Department             evaluated by US DHS/FEMA. FEMA‘s evaluation
                                   of Health and Human Services –               is based upon how well participants follow the CT
                                   Centers for Disease Control, US              RERP and is delivered in two parts. Part one was
                                   Coast Guard, and Plum Island Ani-            delivered verbally immediately following the exer-
                                   mal Disease Center                           cise on Friday, October 22, and was overwhelm-
                                   Contiguous States: New York and              ingly positive, identifying minor issues for plan
                                   Rhode Island.
                                                                                revision and corrective actions. After the state
                                   State Agencies: CT DEMHS, De-                and local governments had a chance to hear the
                                   partment of Environmental Protec-
                                   tion, Public Health, State Police,           initial findings, FEMA also presented their find-
                                   Military Department/CT National              ings to the public at an open meeting at 5:00 PM
                                   Guard, Transportation, Corrections,          in Groton.
                                   Developmental Services, Consumer
                                   Protection, and Agriculture                  Part two of FEMA‘s evaluation is the final exercise
                                   Municipalities: Waterford, New               report, which is not expected to differ significantly
                                   London, East Lyme, Lyme, Old
                                                                                from the verbal report. It is due to the State of
                                   Lyme, Montville, Ledyard, Groton
                                   Town and City, Stonington, and               Connecticut 30 days after the exercise, or No-
                                   Fishers Island, NY,                          vember 19, 2010.
                                   Private Organizations: Red Cross,
                                   United Way/211-Infoline
                     Connecticut state agencies and the towns in the

                     F I R E T O F I G H T WAT E R
     Training on
    actual homes     East Haven firefighters in coordination with the City of
                     New Haven, six surrounding towns and firefighters from
     is rare, and    New Jersey, conducted a full scale fire assault training
       with the      exercise for three days at a home marked for demoli-
     creation of     tion. The 2000 square foot raised ranch located at 40
       the DVD,      Hudson Street in East Haven, was recently acquired by
    thousands of     the town in a buyout program to reduce future flood
     firefighters    damage. East Haven is purchasing 5 severely flood
                     prone homes with funding provided under the Severe
      around the     Repetitive Loss (SRL) program from the Federal Emer-
     country will    gency Management Agency (FEMA). The homes must
      be able to     be demolished within 90 days and this provided the
    benefit from     opportunity for a live fire exercise.
    this exercise.
                     From October 30 to November 1st nearly 100 firefight-
                     ers practiced 11 different types of fire assault on the
                                                                                   Ladder trucks deploy their hose towers to contain
                     home with large controlled burns in the basement, attic,
                                                                                                      the fire.
                     stairways and on the main floor. Firefighters had the
                     rare opportunity to sharpen their skills under actual conditions in a burning house. This was also the first
                     exercise of its kind where scientific monitoring of cyanide gas generated by the fire was conducted. This
                     monitoring will help in the treatment of cyanide gas poisoning during fires in the future. This type of
                     training cannot be simulated and is invaluable to the towns that participated.
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                                                   two homes (both of which were also pur-               Kirk) followed his firefighters into the attic
                                                   chased by East Haven to prevent future                on one fire assault. ―Crawling across the
                                                   flood damage) on either side of the burning           rafters during an attic fire with 9 foot
                                                   house with high pressure water cannons.               flames shooting through the roof ventila-
                                                   The Connecticut Urban Search and Rescue               tion hole really brought me right back to
                                                   (USAR) team also gained valuable knowl-               what we ask our firefighters to perform at
                                                   edge from the exercise. A portion of the              every fire‖ according to the Chief.
                                                   home was weakened prior to the fire in
                                                   order to cause a partial collapse of one              The four remaining homes may be used in
                                                   wall during the fire onto a simulated fire            simulated trainings later this month (using
                                                   fighter.                                              theatrical smoke machines instead of an
       Fire Chief Doug Jackson delivers a                                                                actual fire) and will be torn down. The
     safety briefing before the training begins.
                                                   This entire exercise was filmed for a Na-             empty land resulting from the demolition of
                                                   tional Training DVD that will be created              the homes will then be converted to open
On the final evening the home was pre-             with footage of firefighters attacking the            space for use by the town of East Haven
pared for one last burn, a controlled burn         fire from both inside and outside the                 thus preventing damage from future flood-
to the ground. During the burn which               home. Training on actual homes is rare                ing. It is not common to see fire being
lasted just over an hour two ladder trucks         and with the creation of the DVD, thou-               used to fight water.
used their hose towers to shower the               sands of firefighters around the country                                 - submitted by Chief Jackson
flames and practice fire knockdown and             will be able to benefit from this exercise.
suppression techniques. Squads of fire-
fighters on the ground practiced protecting        Chief Jackson (reprising his role as Capt.

On October 6, 2010, the National Commis-             tion for, response to, and recovery from all
sion on Children and Disasters delivered its         hazards, including major disasters and emer-
landmark 2010 Report to the White House              gencies. The Commission reports findings
and Congress. The report contains more               and recommendations relating to: child physi-
than 100 recommended actions for Federal             cal health, mental health, and trauma; child
and non-Federal partners.                            care in all settings; child welfare; elementary
                                                     and secondary education; sheltering, tempo-
The National Commission on Children and              rary housing, and affordable housing; trans-
Disasters is an independent, bipartisan body         portation; juvenile justice; evacuation; and
established by Congress and the President to         relevant activities in emergency manage-
identify gaps in the Nation's disaster prepar-       ment.
edness, response, and recovery for children
                                                                    Only 6% of hospital emergency
and make recommendations to close the                               rooms and less than 20% of
gaps. The commission was established under                          ambulances carry essential
the Kids in Disasters Wellbeing, Safety, and                        supplies and equipment for
Health Act of 2007.                                                 children
                                                                    Only 12 states meet basic
In its October 2009 Interim Report, the Com-                        emergency preparedness stan-
mission found serious deficiencies in the                           dards for children, such as
state of emergency preparedness for chil-                           requiring schools to have a
                                                                    multi-hazard preparedness
dren. The 2010 Report to the President and                          plan, and child-care facilities to
Congress builds on the findings and recom-                          have a plan that addresses
mendations in that Report.                                          evacuation, reunification and
                                                                    accommodating children with
The Commission examined and assessed the                            disabilities or other special
needs of children in relation to the prepara-
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This year‘s winners are Timothy S. Wall of the North Farms Volunteer Fire Department in
North Wallingford, Connecticut, and Thomas W. Carr of the Charleston Fire Department in
Charleston, South Carolina. Both chiefs were honored on Thursday, August 26 th at the open-
ing session of the International Association of Fire Chiefs‘ (IAFC) 2010 Fire-Rescue Interna-
tional Conference and Exhibition in Chicago, Illinois. This was the 15 th anniversary of the
awards program.

―Fire Chief magazine is very pleased to recognize the dedication and commitment of fire
chiefs, especially during these challenging times,‖ said Janet Wilmoth, editorial director of
Fire Chief magazine. ―Chief Tim Wall has been an integral part of education and training for
volunteer and combination chiefs…‖ 2010 Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year Timothy S. Wall is
a third-generation firefighter who has served the North Farms Volunteer Fire Department for
more than 30 years, the last 14 of them as chief. In 1980, he was appointed as a deputy
sheriff of New Haven County — the youngest person so assigned in the state of Connecticut —         Fire Chief Timothy S. Wall, of
and today he is a Connecticut state marshal.                                                         Wallingford's North Farms

Chief Wall is a longtime member of the IAFC‘s Volunteer & Combination Officers Section
(VCOS), serving on its board of directors since the section‘s inception in 1994 and as its chair
since 2005. Chief Wall has been an effective advocate for raising awareness among fire-
service professionals, legislators and the public on the importance of volunteers to the fire

―[He] is well-known throughout the state for his work in the fire service,‖ said Rep. Mary G.
Fritz, assistant deputy speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives. ―Training his
men and women to be the best they can be is the very essence of Tim Wall.‖
                                                                        -from Fire Chief Magazine
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                                           STATE ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM (SART)
     Plan for Pet Disaster

         Identifying shelter. For public
         health reasons, many emer-
         gency shelters cannot accept
         pets. Find out which motels
         and hotels in the area you
         plan to evacuate to allow
         pets -- well in advance of
         needing them. There are also
         a number of guides that list
         hotels/motels that permit
         pets and could serve as a
         starting point. Include your
         local animal shelter's number     Across Connecticut, the five regional units     behind and in the lower level of the fire-
         in your list of emergency         of the Connecticut State Animal Response        house. After unloading 1 of the 3 Region 3
         numbers -- they might be able     Team program (CTSART), have organized,          ART equipment trailers, the team staked
         to provide information con-
         cerning pets during a disas-      planned, trained and exercised to assist        out and set up the animal shelter, including
         ter.                              Connecticut citizens and emergency man-         discrete areas for housing dogs, housing
         Take pet food, bottled water,     agement agencies. CTSARTs mission is to         cats and other small pets, for the injured or
         medications, veterinary re-
         cords, cat litter/pan, can        provide safe and secure shelter for the         ill, for aggressive pets and for dogs to toilet.
         opener, food dishes, first aid    household pets of citizens evacuating in the
         kit and other supplies with       presence of disasters. CTSART units oper-       Following set-up, team members posed as
         you in case they're not avail-
         able later. While the sun is      ate as specialized CERTs under the Citizen      members of the public, registering their
         still shining, consider packing   Corps program charter.                          own pets and temporarily sheltering them
         a "pet survival" kit which                                                        using forms and procedures designed for
         could be easily deployed if
         disaster hits.                    On Saturday, October 9th, the Region 3          this purpose.. Once all the pets were admit-
         Make sure identification tags     Animal Response Team (R3ART), an opera-         ted, they were then discharged and the
         are up to date and securely       tional component of Preparedness Region         shelter operation closed. The trailer was
         fastened to your pet's collar.
         If possible, attach the ad-       3 & CREPC, held an animal shelter training      reloaded and the team members then
         dress and/or phone number         exercise at the North Canton Fire Station, in   treated to a catered barbecue, courtesy of
         of your evacuation site. If       North Canton.                                   the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Founda-
         your pet gets lost, his tag is
         his ticket home. Make sure                                                        tion.
         you have a current photo of       Following a 9:30 AM briefing by team lead-
         your pet for identification       ers Doctors Arnold Goldman and Howard           For more information on CTSART and its
         Make sure you have a secure
                                           Asher, 20 members of the team took ad-          constituent teams go to:
         pet carrier, leash or harness     vantage of the beautiful weather to set up
         for your pet so that if he        and operate a simulated animal shelter
         panics, he can't escape.
         Animals in Emergencies for
         Owners This video, developed
         by the Chemical Stockpile
         Emergency Preparedness
         Program (CSEPP) /FEMA, is
         intended to help pet and
         livestock owners prepare to
         protect their animals during
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                                         S T R AT E G I C P L A N N I N G A N D G R A N T S
                                         (Continued from page 2)                               funding enables Connecticut to
                                                                                               further implement its Statewide
                                         and jurisdictions across the state as Connecti-       Communications Interoperability
                                         cut continues to build its preparedness capa-         Plans and to align itself to the
                                         bilities. This funding includes:                      National Emergency Communica-
                                                                                               tions Plan to further enhance
  25 S igo urney Stre et, 6t h F lo or                    $14.9 million from the FFY 2010      interoperability.
    H artf ord, C T 06106 -5042                           Homeland Security Grant Pro-
        T el: (860) 256- 0800                             gram.                                $1.7 million from the FFY 2010
    T o ll -Free: (800) 397- 8876                                                              Emergency Operations Center
        Fa x: (860) 256- 0815                       This grant provides funding for all-       Grant Program. This partly com-
                                                    hazards preparedness activities in the     petitive grant enables states or
                                                    State of Connecticut with the aim of       towns to build their emergency
                                                    enhancing the coordination of Na-          management capabilities by im-
                                                    tional Priority efforts to prevent, re-    proving their Emergency Opera-
                                                    spond to, and recover from terrorist       tions Centers. Three municipali-
                                                    attacks, major disasters, and other        ties will receive funding from this
                                                    emergencies. This program includes:        program.
                                                                   $ 8,894,442 for the                   $800,000 for the City
                                                                   State Homeland Secu-                  of Hartford
                                                                   rity Grant Program                    $400,000 for the City
                                                                                                         of Torrington
                                                                   $ 5,564,404 for the
                                                                   Urban Area Security                   $540,126 for the Town
                                                                   Initiative to be split                of East Haddam
                                                                   between the Hartford
                                                                   and Bridgeport regions      $400,000 from the FFY 2010
                                                                   $ 178,606 for the Citi-     Buffer Zone Protection Program.
                                                                   zen Corps Program           This program provides funding to
                                                                   $ 317,419 for the Met-      reduce the vulnerability of a fed-
                                                                   ropolitan Medical Re-       erally designated Critical Infra-
                                                                   serve System                structure/Key Resource (CI/KR)
                                                          $75,000 from the FFY 2010            site through planning and equip-
                                                          Urban Area Security Initiative –     ment.
                                                          Nonprofit Security Grant Pro-
                                                          gram. This is a competitive grant    $2.2 million from the FFY 2010
                                                          program open to non-profit or-       Port Security Grant Program. The
                                                          ganizations within the Bridgeport    Port Security Grant Program pro-
                                                          and Hartford regions. Selected       vides funding to enhance the
                                                          recipients must provide match        ability of Connecticut‘s port infra-
                                                          funding of $25,000. St. Vin-         structure to prevent, protect,
                                                          cent‘s Medical Center in Bridge-     respond to, and recover from
                                                          port was selected for funding        threats or acts of terrorism
                                                          from the 2010 federal fiscal year.   through the implementation of
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