Malloy panel to improve state’s storm preparedness

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HARTFORD — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is establishing a permanent working group focusing on strengthening Connecticut’s resiliency in extreme weather events, including hurricanes, ice storms and rising sea level.

The Democrat announced Thursday he has signed an executive order creating the Safe Agencies Fostering Resilience Council or SAFR Council. The 12-member group, to include state agency heads and experts, will be charged with creating a Statewide Resilience Roadmap based on climate change research and data.

The council will also advise the state’s Office of Policy and Management on creating a state policy on disaster resilience.

Malloy said the working group has already improved communications and planning within state government. By making it permanent, he said there will be a formal body that can respond quickly to protect infrastructure systems.