(NAPSM)—Una reciente encuesta conducida por la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA, por sus siglas en inglés) demostró que casi el 70 por ciento de la gente de este país no ha participado en ejercicios de preparación para casos de emergencia aparte de uno que otro ejercicio para casos de incendio en el lugar de trabajo, escuela u hogar en los últimos dos años.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder is calling on FEMA to stop sending recoupment letters to people who received federal aid in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
Howard Beach resident Joyce Adamiszyn said she was blown away when she opened a piece of mail from the Federal Emergency Management Agency last month.
The federal agency, she claims, was seeking to reclaim $16,000 it had sent to her so she could pay rent while rebuilding her Broad Channel house, which was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy.
“Temporary displacement is really forced migration, and is only true politically,” Deborah Gans, principal architect of the Gans Studio and professor at Pratt College of Art and Design, said during a panel discussion at Dorsky Gallery.
She and other members of the panel articulated the issues created from natural disasters: the destruction of residences and relocation of communities as part of a series of workshops and events inspired by the gallery’s newest exhibit, “Homeland [In]Security: Vanishing Dreams.”
Flooding near Spring Creek in Lindenwood may soon be a thing of the past, federal and state officials told the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic Association on Tuesday.
“A project is definitely going to happen,” said Joshua Laird, commissioner of the National Parks of New York Harbor. “The purpose of which is flood protection for this community.”
I have been saying for quite some time that it’s easy for anyone to stand up on a soapbox and rip apart groups tied to the Sandy recovery process, yell and scream that not enough has been done and call on the respective parties to speed up their work. While these are important sentiments, actions always speaks louder than words. The harder thing to do, in my eyes, is roll up your sleeves and solve the problem.
As we approach two years after the superstorm, recovery has made slow and steady progress. We all know on Oct. 30, 2012, my district was decimated and devastated. Now in October 2014, while some have fully recovered, others wait for reimbursement and even still others wait to reconstruct the homes they lost.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) is asking city Comptroller Scott Stringer to audit the funds the Parks Department received from the federal government to reconstruct the Rockaway Boardwalk, which was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy.
Several published reports said FEMA is expected to announce $480 million in federal reimbursement money to rebuild the boardwalk and related park amenities in Rockaway Beach, but Ulrich noted that the total far exceeds the $274 million Parks budgeted for the project, which isn’t due to be completed until 2016. Ulrich said he wants to know where the extra $206 million is going.
(Family Features) Americans who have recently endured a prolonged power outage at home are much more likely to improve their family's emergency preparation for the future, according to a recent report.
(NAPSI)—A recent survey conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) found that nearly 70 percent of Americans have not participated in a preparedness drill or exercise, aside from a fire drill, at their workplace, school or home in the past two years.
The city’s Community Emergency Response Teams, also known as CERT, are looking for volunteers who wish to be trained in disaster preparedness and emergency response.
CERT volunteers play a supporting role to the city’s first responders in the event of serious fires or explosions, major accidents and natural disasters.
Last Thursday was the type of the day that is the reason people live in Roxbury, the small hamlet on the western Rockaway Peninsula between Breezy Point and Riis Park. The warm summer sun illuminated the beige sand that scattered along the narrow walkway “streets” of the gated community.
A crowd of neighbors gathered in front of 402 Seabreeze Ave., where Lorraine and Doris Gresser anxiously waited to climb the steps to her front porch and walk into their home.
(NAPSI)—When it comes to dealing with extreme weather such as hurricanes, planning and preparedness can pay big dividends. That’s the word from the experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, also known as NOAA.
(NAPSI)—People may be surprised to learn that an emergency alert can be sent to their mobile phones, providing them with the life-saving information they need during an emergency.
(BPT) - Running a restaurant or food service business is complex. Business owners need the right restaurant equipment to cool, cook and properly store food – but a safe and successful kitchen requires more than that. One of the most important pieces to keep a kitchen functioning smoothly, and the most necessary to obtain proper permits is having the right commercial ventilation system.
(BPT) - After a winter of frigid temperatures and record snowfalls, the nation now faces the spring thaw and long, rainy months. Flood season is officially here – is your home ready for it?
My name is Roger Gendron and I am the president of the New Hamilton Beach Civic Association and have been a resident of Hamilton Beach for over 50 years.
Many of us are still in the process of recovering from the worst natural disaster to hit our area but we are faced with an even greater man-made disaster, the Build it Back program. Homeowners, their homes destroyed or damaged, who lost nearly all of their possessions were informed by the city that Build it Back would do just that, help build back their homes.
In the year and a half since Sandy hit, while some homeowners have completed repairs on their own, most are still repairing their homes using insurance proceeds, which more often than not did not cover all of the damages inflicted from Sandy, as well as savings accounts and retirement accounts. Most have maxed out their credit cards. They are also paying both the mortgage on their damaged home as well as renting another place to live.
The areas, and the residents who live there, that have been affected the most seem to be the same areas that will suffer the most if Build it Back does not start releasing funds for repairs as well as reimbursements. Hamilton Beach, like Howard Beach, Broad Channel, Breezy Point and other hard-hit areas, is composed mostly of single-family homes. Most of our residents have family ties to our community having grown up here and later purchased their first homes. The homes are modest but they are our homes, homes that would have become unaffordable if the flood insurance rates hikes were allowed to go through, but they were stopped in large part because of a grassroots organization called Stop FEMA Now. We are now facing an even bigger battle. The Build it Back program has allocated $306 million for single-family home rehab and reconstruction. They have spent $ 9.6 million but have finalized and released to the homeowners zero.
We call upon the mayor to start releasing funds to homeowners who desperately need the financial help before this man-made disaster does more to destroy our communities than any storm has ever done.
The state-backed committee tasked with coming up with more than $18 million in recovery plans after Hurricane Sandy in Howard Beach presented its proposals to the public on Tuesday in the next step toward making those ideas a reality.
Armed with nine plans, including flood remediation, establishing relief centers and funding resiliency programs, the committee, part of the statewide New York Rising program, allowed members of the public to vote for their favorite ideas at a six-hour open house at Russo’s on The Bay.
The House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday that would roll back the flood insurance rate hikes caused when legislation passed two years ago removed some subsidies that aim to make premiums more affordable.
Hurricane Sandy damage to a seawall at LeHavre co-ops in Whitestone has left owners of the 28-acre upscale waterfront property overlooking the Long Island Sound wondering who will pay.
Described as “luxury waterfront co-ops” by the real estate industry, LeHavre was built as rental units in 1958 and converted to co-ops in 1984. Damage to the seawall was discovered after the 2012 storm and the development’s insurance does not cover repair costs.
The U.S. Senate passed legislation last Thursday that would relieve the flood rate hikes mandated by a 2012 law aimed at stabilizing the finances of the National Flood Insurance Program.
By a vote of 67-32, the Senate approved the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, which if made into law would delay the increases in the flood insurance rates mandate under the Biggert-Waters Act of 2012, until the Federal Emergency Management Agency does an affordability study to determine how the rate hikes would affect homeowners in food zones. It also would require FEMA to certify that its flood maps are accurate and ensure local levees and other flood control structures are taken into account in the mapping process.
Nearly $5 million in federal funds has been allocated for major Hurricane Sandy-related repairs and emergency protective measures at Beach Channel High School and related cleanup in Jamaica Bay.
The total funding, $4,902,607.21, will reimburse 90 percent of the costs the School Construction Authority undertook for post-storm repairs at the school on the shore of Jamaica Bay. They include cleaning up an oil spill caused by the school’s ruptured oil tanks; rental and installation of temporary power generators, including staging for more than two dozen other schools in the disaster zone; rental and installation of a temporary boiler and a fuel oil tank; and new fire alarms.
The ongoing recovery from 2012’s Hurricane Sandy dominated life in South Queens for most of 2013 and was a factor in many other big stories, from the future of the abandoned Rockaway Beach LIRR line to the election battle between Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and his Democratic opponent Lew Simon.
But South Queens also dealt with a wide array of other issues in 2013, from crime at Forest Park to internal strife on Community Board 9.
The news that Republican Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) was bucking his party and backing Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) for speaker was met with stiff opposition from some, especially a few veterans upset over reports that Mark-Viverito did not stand for the Pledge of Allegiance in past Council sessions.
“The fact that he will support such an individual who has displayed contempt for our national symbol and refused to pledge allegiance to our flag until she decided to run for speaker is nothing less than disgusting,” Marvin Jeffcoat, former commander of the Queens Veterans of Foreign Wars, said in a letter.
(StatePoint) When it comes to protecting your family from the devastation of unexpected events, you may think homeowners insurance is all you need to be covered. However, most standard homeowners insurance policies don’t cover flooding — the number one natural disaster in the United States.
Howard Beach’s PS 207 may have been the most heavily damaged school in Queens by Hurricane Sandy.
The school, at 159-15 88 St., is in the heart of the heavily residential Rockwood Park section of the neighborhood that was hit hard by Sandy’s storm surge last year.