State Seeks "Pre-Landfall" Disaster Declaration

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Hurricane Earl is still well south of the Mason-Dixon line,  but Connecticut residents and businesses have been getting ready — and now the state is asking for an emergency declaration before the storm even makes landfall.

Governor Jodi Rell says the request to President Obama for a “pre-landfall” declaration of emergency was recommended by federal officials in a conference calls with states facing storm warnings.

The governor is asking for federal funding necessary to ensure public safety and security.  She called for full activation of the Emergency Operations Center at the armory in Hartford beginning Friday morning.

Other state agencies are ensuring their vehicles and generators are fully fueled, and are positioning equipment and supplies in areas where they may be needed.

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