From natural to manmade, disasters in our state’s history help define who we are as a community. In Connecticut’s early centuries, fires were among the most frequently occurring manmade disaster. For example, wood-framed mills and factories housed volatile manufacturing materials, which made them vulnerable to devastating blazes. Natural disasters have included storms, floods, and other forms of severe weather, capable of ravaging the landscape in a matter of minutes. Catastrophic though disasters are, they also remind us of the fragility of the natural and built environments—and of the ability of Connecticut’s people to rebuild and fortify the state.
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