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Sandy task force offers suggestions
Report highlights ways to improve infrastructure, reimbursement process
Christina Daly/Herald
The rebuilding strategy is meant to serve as a model for communities across the nation facing greater risks from extreme weather and to continue helping the Sandy-affected region rebuild.

Ten months after Hurricane Sandy hit the region, a special task force created by President Obama released a 200-page report on Monday that outlines steps to help communities prepare for extreme weather events associated with climate change, and to improve shortcomings in a reimbursement process that has frustrated countless residents.

The Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force report makes 69 recommendations, including rebuilding infrastructure stronger to protect against future storms, and “cutting the red tape” to help families, businesses and communities more efficiently.

Sandy caused tens of billions of dollars’ worth of damage, resulted in more than 150 deaths and displaced thousands of people. Obama created the task force last December.

The report lays out a series of guidelines for the use of $50 billion in Sandy aid that Congress approved in January, and is meant to serve as a model for “communities across the nation facing greater risks from extreme weather, and to continue helping Sandy-affected communities rebuild,” said Shaun Donovan, secretary of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and the task force’s chairman.

“…I have seen up close just how disasters like Sandy are causing incredible pain for families across our country,” Donovan said. “These disasters have moved families beyond abstract discussions to see the reality of how our changing climate is already impacting lives and putting communities at risk.”

Officials said that most of the recommendations have already been adopted by the Obama administration, but are at different stages of implementation. They include helping disaster victims stay in their homes by allowing them to quickly make emergency repairs, and preventing homeowners from being forced out of their homes after a disaster because of short-term financial hardships by creating nationally consistent mortgage policies.

The report also recommends making the electrical grid “smarter and more flexible,” developing a power strategy for telephone and Internet communication systems and equipment and protecting the fuel supply chain.


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Ten months have gone by and still people are waiting and all we have is a "report" out of the Obama Administration? These are peoples lives we're talking about, not some abstract bunch of intangibles, but families, homes, children, pets, belongings, etc. I'm so pleased that Obama decided to create yet another Task Force, to delay, even further, what should have been done months ago. He's great at task forces, bureaus, committees, and the like. Maybe "O" should be out of the White House for 10 months and let's see how he likes it. Our country might like it, but he wouldn't have all the great perks of the job. Did we really need a report to tell us to build a safer electrical grid, or a better power strategy for telephones and communication systems? We're forgetting that most of these original systems were in place from decades ago, so naturally, they would not be able to withstand this type of storm. It would be common sense to assume that any repairs or new systems would be designed to stand up to another "Sandy." There is nothing more frustrating than having the government step in and "help out." That's when you know you're in trouble.

Thursday, August 22, 2013 | Report this

It may be a little too much grand standing but at least its finally on the RADAR? There have been some very good studies that could be revisited that 20 million on top of could put boots on the ground quickly! Some from the very same influences that wish to buy a study again or have already been a part of one in the past? Short memories lead to shortcomings of which we have already had plenty of!

A proposal was introduced after SANDY for the north end of the Long Beach Barrier Island which addresses the content of previous management plans and incorporates some out of the box conceptions worth serious considerations. It never grew legs and was tabled by immediate skeptics. If we revisit our past the solutions will be free as they all have existed for sometime? More importantly is shortening the time to implement them before they fade away and resurface by throwing more money at them?

That which I speak of was solicited but never documented... it wouldn't take much digging as it is still relatively fresh on the ground!

The proposal discusses the Implications of a SEAWALL Protection Barrier and Corridor along the Northern Coast of the Long Beach Barrier Island

Robust Flood protection for the total Long Beach Barrier Population saving billions of dollars in future catastrophic events while creating a singular boundary protection to the north vanquishing the need for private and public investments for mitigation which in themselves would save billions more and likely not be a comprehensive endeavor!

The creation of a mitigated flood insurance pool which will contribute to the funding and security of Federal, State and Local resources for future disasters by paying into the system into perpetuity without taxing the funds in future events!

The barrier island once again maintains it’s integrity as a protection for the wetlands and coastal communities to the North by limiting the impoundment of waters in storm events from passage over the Island as was evident in the Sandy occurrence.

A fully maintainable infrastructure corridor for the implant of pipelines and utilities with uses into the future and the elimination of miles of costly land and submarine excavations consisting of one shot terms of use and no future accessibility!

A combined use of limited funding opportunities to achieve state of the art utilities and protection while encompassing far more than individual projects can provide.

It would be most interesting to get public scrutiny on the concept before the twenty million is spent.... as the whole project lies in the realm of affordability and incorporates practical long range solutions and applications for the future?

This reader has a copy .......Perhaps the Herald will investigate and publish?

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