This hurricane season is forecasted to be more active than the last. On Tuesday, Governor Dannel Malloy and utility providers gathered for a strategy session in Hartford at the state’s Emergency Operations Center, and they said they feel very prepared to face the next significant weather event.
“Whether it’s the deployment of new technology, communications protocol, the coordination with the state, federal and local governments; Connecticut is now on the cutting edge from an industry leadership prospective,” said Bill Quinlan of Connecticut Light and Power.
In other words, a reduction of and response to outages is everyone’s goal. Gov Malloy said the state is achieving this, in part, by hardening state assets, which include roads and rail.
“There’s a very interesting project underway in Bridgeport, specifically to harden transmission assets near the harbor.”
In the future, when there is a catastrophic weather event, Connecticut would step away from what now is a regional assistance program and look at resources on a national level.
“It’s something that, we as an industry, are driving to a conclusion. We hope to have it in place by August of this year,” Quinlan added.
August is, of course, when hurricane season is in full effect here on the eastern seaboard.