Governor Malloy: Gov. Malloy Appoints Members of S.T.O.R.M. Irene Panel

 
{Governor Malloy Press Release Masthead}
 
 September 13, 2011
 
 
GOV. MALLOY APPOINTS MEMBERS OF S.T.O.R.M. IRENE PANEL
 
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today appointed members to the State Team Organized for the Review of Management of Irene (S.T.O.R.M. Irene) assessment team.  The team, which is comprised of a group of people with diverse professional backgrounds in the military, disaster relief, municipal government, non-profit and labor sectors, will review the performance of the state and its partners – including the utilities and municipalities – in terms of the preparedness and response and recovery efforts related to Tropical Storm Irene.  To ensure that this review encompasses more than just the most recent event, S.T.O.R.M. Irene members will also be tasked with looking more broadly at the state’s disaster preparedness and response apparatus.
 
“Now that peoples’ power has been restored, the initial FEMA declarations are signed, offices are opened and the recovery effort is well underway, it’s time to move forward with a comprehensive assessment of how the State of Connecticut prepared for, handled, and is recovering from Irene.  And I don’t just mean state agencies, or the power companies; I mean the entire state,” said Governor Malloy.  “Yes, it’s important to understand why power was out for so long, but it’s just as important to understand how state agencies performed, how local officials performed, and how the private sector reacted.  We need an honest assessment of what we did right, what we could have done better and what needs to be done the next time we have a weather-related event such as Tropical Storm Irene.  This isn’t about pointing fingers or placing blame, it’s about making sure that we are as prepared as we can be the next time this sort of event occurs.”
 
Members include:
 
Joe McGee (Co-Chair): Vice President, Business Council of Fairfield County
Major General James Skiff (Co-Chair): U.S. Air Force, Retired
Peter Carozza: President, Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters
Terry Edelstein: President, Connecticut Community Providers Association
Lee Hoffman: Attorney, Pullman & Comley Environmental Law and Energy and Utility Matters
Scott Jackson: Mayor, Hamden
Robert McGrath: Former Fire Chief, Stamford
Cathy Osten: First Selectman, Sprague
 
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For Immediate Release: September 13, 2011
Contact: David Bednarz
David.Bednarz@ct.gov
860-524-7315 (office)
860-770-9792 (cell)