Town will participate in emergency drill Oct. 21

The Town of Wilton will be participating in a statewide emergency preparedness drill on Wednesday, Oct. 21, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The drill is designed to enhance readiness and disaster planning across all levels of government in Connecticut, with an emphasis on school emergency preparedness and response.

According to a press release from Gov. Dannel Malloy’s office, “the exercise will simulate a tornado touching down ... and will test the coordination and response of all participating stakeholders.”

“As several recent storms and emergencies have shown us, all key stakeholders in the state must be prepared and ready at any given time for any type of sudden, unexpected situation, and that’s why it is imperative that we must come together and regularly conduct these drills to ensure that we have a coordinated response that can help limit the impact of potential disasters,” Malloy said.

Officials with the town would like to remind residents that though the drill will feature a school emergency preparedness component, it will have no affect on the day-to-day operations of Wilton schools, and no students or teachers will be directly involved.

The drill is coordinated by the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.