What Have We Learned from Hurricane Sandy? Discuss at NYC Special Initiative for Rebuilding & Resiliency Meetingby on
Hurricane Sandy may be behind us, but that’s not to say NYC has bounced completely back yet. Sandy’s damages are estimated to be upwards of $50 billion–including destroyed homes, lost business, infrastructure damages and disruptions, downed trees and ruined facilities in parks–and let’s not forget the ultimate price, the more than a hundred deaths caused directly and indirectly from the storm’s impact in the United States (source, source.) Governor Andrew Cuomo asked for $42 billion in Sandy relief, and equally as important, $9 billion of that amount will be used to prepare the city for the next inevitable super storm (source.)
That’s why tomorrow’s meeting of the NYC Special Initiative for Rebuilding & Resiliency (SIRR) is so important. SIRR addresses how we rebuild New York City to be more resilient in the wake of Hurricane Sandy but with a long-term focus. Williamsburg, Greenpoint, DUMBO, Long Island City and surrounding communities are asked to come together to learn more about SIRR’s mission, voice their concerns about emergency planning and clean-up, and to ensure that all measures are done fairly, not benefitting or hurting one neighborhood over another. As we were some of the worst hit neighborhoods, we have a lot at stake, and our engagement with SIRR will help ensure a favorable outcome during future devastating circumstances. [Note: A meeting for Red Hook, Gowanus and Sunset Park neighborhoods was held on March 7, 2013.]
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Begins at 7:00pm
PS 132 at 320 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn 11211
RSVP by email: RSVPWaterFrontMarch14@nycsirr.org and include the full name and email (if available) of each guest. Or RSVP by phone: (212) 618-5745 and leave the name of each guest and say “for March 14 Waterfront.”
The meeting will begin with a brief introduction of SIRR and then have break-out sessions to discuss priorities for rebuilding Northern Brooklyn and Long Island City to be more resilient in the face of future storms and long-term climate change.