Welcome to the New York Resilience System

The New York Resilience System will be the clearinghouse for information on resilient recovery and reconstruction efforts from Hurricane Sandy, as well as a place to discuss the goal of improving the health, well-being, and prosperity of New York citizens and their communities by fostering a resilient response to change both now and in the future.  Please register to participate.

Freeport Electric Preventing Fire as it Restores Power

On Thurs and Fri, Nov 1 & 2, some Freeport residents received notices in their mailboxes that power would be restored on Sat, Nov 3 at 10am.  Residents were instructed to have certified electricians come in and look at the electrical panels in their homes to ensure that it was safe to turn on the power.  Salt water damage to an electrical panel can easily lead to fire if current runs through the panel.

As of this morning, Sun, Nov 4, power has not yet been restored but Stage 1 (of 3 stages) of restoring power is currently underway.   

Stage 1 is that inspectors are going door to door and inpecting electrical panels.  If the property is deemed 'safe', a green sticker is placed on the outside of the house

Stage 2 will be electrical crews removing the electric meters from (cutting electricity to) any house without a green sticker 

Stage 3 will be deployment of fire trucks to areas where power is being restored just in case and turning on the power

Although residents would certainly like their power on sooner, they understand that this is perhaps time well spent.

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What’s Really Happening In Blacked-Out Manhattan

Manhattan at night during the crisis.

Image: Manhattan at night during the crisis.

factcoexist.com - November 2nd, 2012 - Anya Kamenetz

The darkened stairwell of the tower on Broome Street on the Lower East Side is like a dripping, foul-smelling cave lit only by a few headlamps and flashlights. A group of eight 20- and 30-somethings are climbing to the top floor of the 23-story building to check on public housing residents who have been stuck without power or water since Monday night.

"Hello? Hello? We’re volunteers! Do you need help? Water? Agua? Ayuda?" The women do the talking in hopes that people won’t be intimidated. Theo, a resident on the 18th floor who escorts us up, says that this is a dangerous building in the best of times.

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Susan's Perspective on Superstorm Sandy

This e-mail may be more stream of consciousness than anything else but I'll do my best to organize my thoughts.  I'll also include video links where I can.
  • Citizens did not follow the mandatory evacuation order because 

In Hurricane’s Wake, Decisions Not to Evacuate Hospitals Raise Questions

Patients are taken to ambulances outside of Bellevue Hospital during an evacuation on Oct. 31, in New York. Bellevue Hospital continued to evacuate its patients on Wednesday after flooding inundated the basement and knocked out electricity. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

Image: Patients are taken to ambulances outside of Bellevue Hospital during an evacuation on Oct. 31, in New York. Bellevue Hospital continued to evacuate its patients on Wednesday after flooding inundated the basement and knocked out electricity. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

propublica.org - November 1st, 2012 - Sheri Fink

At 9:30 p.m. Monday, Eugene Tangney burst into a meeting of doctors at the command center for Long Island's North Shore-LIJ hospital system. Ceiling tiles creaked in the wind and television screens showed images of Hurricane Sandy slamming into New York City.

"NYU called," Tangney said. "They want to evacuate. I don't know how to help them right now. They're in a panic mode."

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Superstorm Sandy: Surveying the Damage From the Sky

abcnews.go.com - November 1st, 2012

http://google.org/crisismap/2012-sandy-nyc

Sandy is a major storm that has caused extensive flooding, physical damage, power and transportation outages, and multiple fatalities in NY and much of the US East coast.

(GO TO THE SUPERSTORM SANDY GOOGLE CRISIS MAP - NEW YORK CITY)

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