Local, state and federal officials in Stamford, Ct., held a mock exercise to evaluate how the region would respond to a terrorist attack, the Associuated Press reports. U.S. Rep. Chris Shays presided over the event in his role as chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations.
Shays said his committee has heard from police officers, firefighters and others expressing frustration over the extent and pace of federal counter-terrorism equipment and training programs reaching the local level.
Challenges with communications were cited. State Rep. Claudia Powers, R-Greenwich cited failures with cellphones in both the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the recent blackout. She suggested a backup system is needed.
Police said it’s difficult for them to communicate with departments from other towns and cities who arrive to help. “That’s something that greatly concerns us,” said Stamford Capt. Tom Wuennemann. The federally funded mock exercise cost between $70,000 and $90,000.