HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Democratic legislative leaders are preparing to examine whether Connecticut was ready for Tropical Storm Irene and if utility and telecommunication companies mounted an effective response to its destruction.

Legislative committees are scheduled to hold an informational hearing in the coming weeks to examine preparation and response by utility, telephone and telecommunication companies.

The Energy and Technology, Public Safety, Labor and Public Employees, as well as Planning and Development committees will also review the effectiveness of municipal 911 systems and other communication methods.

Senate President Donald Williams Jr. says it is time to understand what happened and how Connecticut can be better
positioned to deal with the next emergency.

House Majority Leader Brendan Sharkey says question remained whether local utilities are working together during a disaster throughout the state, not just within their own coverage areas.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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