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October 30, 2014

Big bad but not even a CAT 1

Filed under: Disaster,Preparedness and Response — by Philip J. Palin on October 30, 2014

Sandy Track

Sandy taught important lessons.  Maybe not every student who encountered her teaching has learned as much as she offered, but few went home without a bit more wisdom.

There are several of Sandy’s students — especially after a couple of beers — who will explain the difference between a local emergency and a regional disaster.  Some will admit that after Sandy they see how a disaster, especially in a dense urban context, can detonate the whole web of modern interdependencies.  Just a few more two years ago and very bad might have become catastrophic.

A tough teacher in the school of hard knocks.  But some — enough? — are better prepared for the worse still to come.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

October 30, 2014 @ 8:37 am

The definitive history of Storm Sandy yet to be written. Did you know FEMA modeled a CAT 5 land-falling on Staten Island never publically released in late 90’s?

Does anyone have knowledge of public access beaches from mouth of Delaware in N.J. to the Hamptons in Long Island, N.Y.

This area largely maintained and restored by FEMA and USACOE for the benefit of private communities with no public access.

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October 30, 2014 @ 1:10 pm

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