Hartley pushes emergency planning for children

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HARTFORD — State Senator Joan V. Hartley (D-Waterbury) emphasized the importance for the state’s disaster plans to cover the needs of children in times of crisis during a recent emergency preparedness forum.

Senate Bill 983, which Hartley co-sponsored, requires such action and has already received unanimous approval from two legislative committees.

“As we approach this year’s 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks and with stark, fresh images of the recent devastation in Japan we want to redouble our efforts to stay vigilant and be prepared, always mindful of those who are likely the most vulnerable among us, the children,” Hartley said in a prepared release. “The bill I co-sponsored requires an amended version of the state’s civil preparedness strategies to include planning and programs specific to children in case of natural disasters or man-made terrorism.”
As of press time, the bill was awaiting full Senate approval.