If you lived in the New York City tristate area during Hurricane Sandy or even watched media coverage of the destruction, you were apt to learn about the shortages of fuel, hospital evacuations and the general havoc that area residents endured during that difficult time. To combat future problems of that magnitude from natural disasters, the New York City Committee on Public Safety passed nine bills on emergency preparation yesterday that are scheduled to be voted on by the NYC Council.
This set of bills came out of 11 hearings that the City Council had post Sandy regarding shortcomings in emergency planning and from 59 suggestions that came out of the “Hurricane Sandy After Action Report” prepared by two NYC deputy mayors, according to an article in yesterday’s Epoch Times. The nine bills will require the commissioner of the Office of Emergency Management to put forth by Oct. 1 plans on issues including managing fuel, food and water, tracking special needs persons during a disaster; hospital evacuations and stocking emergency shelters; making sure that homebound people and other vulnerable populations have access to medicine, food and water; and coordinating the recovery of small businesses and communities.
The bills are expected to pass easily by the NYC council members and Mayor Michael Bloomberg is not expected to veto the legislation.