FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is taking steps to improve how Connecticut communicates with disabled people and non-English speakers during emergency situations.
Some of the immediate actions being administered by the state include:
- Creating a translation services pilot where materials will be translated into Spanish during emergency activations of the Emergency Operations Center.
- A sign language interpreter will be at every governor’s press conference at the State Emergency Operations Center.
- All radio and television broadcasters will be educated on the availability of the Connecticut Television Network (CT-N) as a source of live feeds during activations of the State Emergency Operations Center.
- The public will be encouraged to sign up for the state/local Emergency Notification System at ct.gov/ctalert. Public Service Announcements are currently running on television and radio. For more information, click here .
These plans were made after the release of an interim report from the Emergency Communications Taskforce, which reviewed how the government communicates with residents.
“Over the last three years and a half, we have taken major steps forward in emergency preparedness, and this report is just the latest example of that effort,” said Malloy.
“This interim report establishes a more comprehensive framework to help overcome communication barriers during emergency situations. But make no mistake; there is more work to be done over the coming months and I look forward to supporting efforts to improve communications with all citizens.”
With the height of hurricane season in Connecticut running from August to November, Malloy concluded that an emergency communications report should be submitted by Aug. 1, followed by a report on non-emergency communications with recommendations no later than Jan. 1.
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