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January 4, 2007 Minutes
East Windsor
Emergency Management Advisory Council

Thursday, January 4, 2007
Town Hall Annex

Present:  Blaine Simpkins, Acting Emergency Management Director, Advisory Council Members:  Jonathan Towle, Christina Ware, Joe Roberts.

7:40 PM meeting called to order

Minutes from the meeting of November 2, 2006 were read and approved.  
Motion to approve made by Jonathan Towle

Second by Blaine Simpkins.


Per Joe Roberts a suggestion to have notices of meetings published.

Blaine Simpkins indicated that the agenda and minutes are on the Town Web Site.

Public Participation


Unfinished Business

Blaine Simpkins continues to work with Marcus Communication Radio to hook up the radios.  It is wired in the High Band.  Marcus has put in a bid for the Antenna.

Grant money will purchase more radios.

Blaine Simpkins will look into batteries and charges.

Current heating problem is being addressed.

Also the phone line should come to a resolution shortly.

Update on generators.  The State of Connecticut this year will be sending out a form to supply generators.  The Army Corp of Engineers will come out and wire buildings.  Then all Blaine Simpkins will have to do is place a call and the generators will be delivered to the Town Hall Annex and the East Windsor High School.

Update on Cots

If there is a need for more cots they can also be obtained.  The standard for the cots is as follows:

        20 feet per person for 2 days
        40 feet per person if more than 2 days

The Senior Center and Town Hall Annex are designated shelters.

New Business

The New Commissioner of Emergency Management State of Connecticut is Bill Hackett from Branford, a former Fire Chief.

Town Garage has been designated as Emergency Management Distribution Center.  A call to Rocky Hill will activate fork lifts to unload trucks which will bring the supplies we need from Brainard Airfield in Hartford.  All of this is based on population. The Distribution site has a traffic plan.

An Annual review of Emergency Plans are required by the Governor.  These plans are now being submitted by Disc.

Also emergency phones that transmit in 9 languages will be available to call homes.

There is a need for a projector for presentation Blaine will check in to this.

Ham Radio Operators will be activated to assist if the state declares an emergency.


Once the disaster plan is activated by the Governor or First Selectman all members of the team are covered by the State under their insurance.

NIMS Training

Fire Departments are complete
Police Department is ¾ completed

This training informs all departments how to work together at a disaster scene.  In the future there will be a group NIMS training.

Meeting date change –

A vote was taken to change the Emergency Management meeting to the First Monday of the month at 7:00 PM.

Motion made by Jonathan Towle

Second by Christina Ware.


First Selectman Linda Roberts swore in the following Emergency Management Advisory Council Members.

Blaine Simpkins
Jonathan Towle
Christina Ware
Joseph Roberts

Motion to adjourn at 8:44 PM by Joseph Roberts
Second by Jonathan Towle

Respectfully Submitted,

Elizabeth Burns