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News from State Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney

June 3, 2016

Capitol address
Legislative Office Building
Room 3300
Hartford, CT 06106-1591

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Capitol: 860-240-0375
Toll-free: 1-800-842-1420

Preparing Yourself for a Weather Emergency

Senator Looney at Sea WallWith the first day of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season beginning this week, I want to provide you with these helpful tips in order assist you in preparing for any severe weather that may impact the state. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, with the principal threat period for Connecticut occurring from mid-August to mid-October.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Atlantic (NOAA) hurricane season forecast is calling for 10 to 16 named storms, 4 to 8 hurricanes, and 1 to 4 major hurricanes this year.

Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit

  • One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • A whistle to signal for help
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • A manual can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

Family Emergency Plan

  • Identify an out-of- town contact. It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.
  • Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and has a cell phone, coins, or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact. If you have a cell phone, program that person(s) as "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) in your phone. If you are in an accident, emergency personnel will often check your ICE listings in order to get a hold of someone you know. Make sure to tell your family and friends that you've listed them as emergency contacts.
  • Teach family members how to use text messaging. Text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through.
  • Subscribe to Connecticut state alert services. Go to www.ct.gov/ctalert to register for emergency alerts

Investing in New Haven

This session, New Haven's legislative delegation worked as a team to help win bond funding for critically important projects. Last week, the State of Connecticut gave final approval to funding for cleanup of the Mill River, repairs to the Chapel Street Bridge, school improvements, relocation of the Stetson Library to the new Dixwell Community House, reconstruction of Dwight Gardens and housing through Youth Continuum.

Connecticut will invest $2 million for remediation of sediment contamination in the Mill River adjacent to the former Department of Transportation (DOT) bus garage in New Haven.

Innovation is crucial to Connecticut's economic competitiveness, and continued investment in the redevelopment and conversion of the former DOT garage at 470 James Street into a technology incubator further positions New Haven as a center of technological innovation.

The New Haven Free Public Library will receive state support for relocation of the Willis K. Stetson Library to the new Dixwell Community House (Q House). The new open, flexible, modular space will allow for increased resources and enhanced technologies targeted for exploration and discovery with children and families; teen development and creativity; adult literacy, workforce development and job preparedness; heath, wellness and nutrition resources; and cross-generational active learning and skill development.

The State of Connecticut will provide a grant-in-aid to Youth Continuum, Inc. to assist with creation of seven units of rent restricted, supportive housing for young adults on Winchester Avenue in New Haven.

The New Haven School Public School District will receive a grant-in-aid in Alliance District funding to assist with paying for general improvements to school buildings.

Additionally, the City of New Haven will receive funding to help cover repairs to the Chapel Street Bridge over Mill Street.

A New Commitment to Ending Opioid Abuse

opioid prescriptionJust last week, Governor Malloy signed into law a bill that will make huge strides in combatting the scourge of opioid abuse (often beginning with prescription painkiller abuse) that has led to so many deaths in Connecticut in recent years.

The new law requires first responders to carry overdose-reversing drugs, limits initial opioid prescriptions to seven-day supplies in most cases involving acute pain, makes changes to a prescription monitoring program aimed at helping prescribers identify patients who could be misusing drugs, and charges the state's Alcohol and Drug Policy Council with developing a plan to reduce the number of opioid-induced deaths in the state.

On average, two people die of a drug overdose every day in Connecticut--more than those who die in car accidents or from gunshots. There were about 2,000 drug overdose deaths in Connecticut between 2012 and 2015, and the 723 overdose deaths last year were more than twice the number three years ago.

It is my belief that this new law--supported on a unanimous and bipartisan basis--will begin to curb the plague of opioid-related deaths in our state.


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Senator Martin Looney, Legislative Office Building, Room 3300, Hartford, Connecticut 06106
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