Malloy Signs Declaration of Emergency for Connecticut

The state of Connecticut is preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy.

In advance of Hurricane Sandy’s likely impact on Connecticut, Governor Dannel P. Malloy today signed a Declaration of Emergency, otherwise known as a state of emergency, according to a press release from the governor's office.

The Declaration of Emergency provides Governor Malloy with a number of emergency powers, including:

  • The ability to modify or suspend any state statute, regulation, or requirement (for example: altering work hours, waiving licensing requirements, etc.)
  • The ability to order civil preparedness forces into action
  • The ability to designate vehicle and person routes and movements

“The forecast path of Hurricane Sandy has convinced me that the signing of this declaration is necessary, and will help us react more quickly and effectively in the event of a serious weather event,” said Governor Malloy. “This storm needs to be taken seriously and just as the state is taking preparatory actions, I encourage the public and all of the state’s utility companies to do the same."

Attached to the article is a PDF version of the signed declaration.

Maria Giannuzzi October 28, 2012 at 06:14 PM
I think we can safely assume that those commenting, Jim, live nowhere near a potential storm surge or any other area that would receive major damage. It is just talk for them.
Jim G. October 28, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Maria, as you should well know by now, those who choose to live in a haunted house see spooks and monsters everywhere. This is about 9.5 on the Nut-O-Meter, though.
Joshua Goldstein October 29, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Jennifer, et al....don't be alarmed by this. President George W. Bush signe the National Security & Homeland Security Presidential Directive - NSPD 51 when he was in office, along with some other Executive Orders giving the President rights to suspend the Constitution in a National Emergency. When you read the one stated here, you'll see that it clearly reveals that if invoked, the President would have Dictatorial Powers and Congress would basically become ceremonial positions....how this trickles down to the state level, one would have to examine our State Homeland Security Directives.
Bill Dauphin October 29, 2012 at 01:26 AM
I think it's amusing that the Governor's first use of these allegedly dictatorial, extraconstitutional powers was to... *protect* the people's right to vote: http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/cwp/view.asp?Q=513106&A=4010 Also, I note the utter lack of paranoia over Mayor Apel's emergency declaration. One is a horrific threat to liberty, and the other isn't even worth comment? I wonder what the difference between the two men could possibly be... oh, wait! I remember! FWIW, I'm not criticizing the Mayor's declaration: It is entirely appropriate for local leaders to do what is required to keep their populations safe in a potential disaster. It's just that it's *equally* appropriate for a state leader to do so.
Jordan October 29, 2012 at 10:04 AM
It makes us sound very adolescent, doesn't it, Jane? LOL


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