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Two Volunteers Named Southbury Long Term Recovery Managers

Residents tapped to help lead community recovery efforts after significant storm events.

When a disaster occurs, the immediate response is from the emergency management team. However, when the impact or disruption is substantial, a community may need to take a longer-term view of the recovery process. A good example is the Superstorm Sandy recovery process for many coastal areas that has continued for well over a year.

The Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) identified the need for local Long Term Recovery Managers and Southbury announced Wednesday the two residents who will be taking on those roles.

Two extremely qualified volunteers have offered to share the position of Southbury’s Local Long Term Recovery Managers: Leslie Kane and Kevin Bennett.

Kane brings her experience as a municipal planner and a member of the Regional Planning Board to the position; while Bennett, as a local architect, developer and life-long resident of the town, lends historical knowledge of the area.

“I want to thank Leslie and Kevin for stepping forward to volunteer their time and talents to this important position,” First Selectman Ed Edelson said. “Although we hope that such an emergency situation never happens, having two well-qualified citizens to lead us through a long-term recovery is reassuring.”

CT DEMHS will be offering training courses for the new positions and Southbury has offered to host the sessions.

Based off a release from First Selectman Ed Edelson’s Office.

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