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Hurricane Sandy

Proposed steps to aid in the rebuilding process follow:


a.) Dry in roofs of structurally sound homes and businesses.


b.) Provide power to structurally sound homes and businesses (Not through the existing electrical distribution systems within the homes and businesses).


c.) ID badge all occupants and vendors working or living within affected areas.


d.) Secure affected areas with the National Guard to prevent theft during the rebuilding process.


e.) Get local building departments to modify their permit and inspection processes.


f.) Distribute free water and free waterproof tarps with grommets and tie cords.


g.) Prosecute scalpers.


h.) Put one person in charge to write and implement policy which means they will need authority to approve or deny vendor payment.

Submitted by in Jan 2013

Comments (6)

  1. The priorities are; 1) Saving life, 2) Incident Stabilization, 3) Property preservation. ID badge all occupants and vendors working or living within affected areas ? Secure affected areas with the National Guard to prevent theft during the rebuilding process?
    in Jan 2013
    1. frank123456 Idea Submitter
      The title of my piece is, "Proposed steps to aid in the rebuilding process…" The steps are subsequent to the initial emergency response. It has been 2.5 months since Hurricane Sandy struck the Jersey Shore.
      in Jan 2013
  2. The question is within the scope of the title relating to both 'RESPONSE' and 'RECOVERy'. ID badge all occupants and vendors working or living within affected areas? Secure affected areas with the National Guard to prevent theft during the rebuilding process? The posting appears to designate the National Guard as the police function of first resort for the local and county government areas. It is not apparent, at this point, that any sheriff or police chief has either stated that they lack the capability to perform their agency's law enforcement operations or that a situation of martial law exists. As far as badging and restricting travel within any designated area, this is already enabled by federal, state laws and city and county ordinances and may only be invoked as prescribed by those authorities. Your jurisdiction Emergency Operations Plan defines the jurisdiction’s responsibilities for response and recovery. Even when a community is overwhelmed by an incident, there is still a core, sovereign responsibility to be exercised at this local level, with unique response obligations to coordinate with State, Federal, and private-sector support teams. Each organization or level of government therefore has an imperative to fund and execute its own core emergency management responsibilities. Local, tribal, and State governments are responsible for the management of their emergency functions. Incidents typically begin and end locally, and are managed on a daily basis at the lowest possible geographical, organizational, and jurisdictional level not begun and managed at the state and Federal levels. The National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) defines how Federal agencies will more effectively organize and operate to utilize existing resources to promote effective recovery and support States, Tribes and other jurisdictions affected by a disaster. It is also written for a larger audience of non-Federal Government executives, private sector and nongovernmental organization (N G O) leaders, emergency managers, community development professionals and disaster recovery practitioners. All community members must have equal opportunity to participate in community recovery efforts in a meaningful way. Successful recovery requires informed and coordinated leadership throughout all levels of government, sectors of society and phases of the recovery process. It recognizes that local, State and Tribal governments have primary responsibility for the recovery of their communities and play the lead role in planning for and managing all aspects of community recovery. This is a basic, underlying principle that should not be overlooked by State. Every member contributes, including individuals, communities, the private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and Federal, State, and local governments. Consideration should be given to reporting losses to your local police/sheriff and to your insurance company. The focus should be to let your jurisdiction Emergency Management Agency and law enforcement to execute their functions without initially resorting to state and federal governments.
    in Jan 2013
  3. frank123456 Idea Submitter
    The area is a disaster with local resources hugely compromised. Streamlining the rebuilding process is in the best interest of inhabitants and the tax payers paying for the recovery. Having hundreds of local committees without sufficient central leadership is a recipe for another disaster. As an example, I have checked with a local building department and found that nothing has been done to modify their permit processing and inspection procedures. The disaster is of epic proportion and needs to be directed accordingly, centrally.
    in Jan 2013
  4. The difficulty here is that the posting specifically states the NATIONAL GUARD issues badges, Secure affected areas and the issue of state preemption of local law enforcement has failed to be validated. Now it appears that suggestion is to preemption of local law enforcement to the N.G., but comment is to local permit agency. The issue arises that if local law is suspended that the state should take authority over building permits. The question persists, should the state preempt any local action?
    in Jan 2013
  5. a) Gee, why didn't anyone else think of that;
    b) How many thousand generators would you like to issue, provide fuel for, and train people to use properly;
    c) Ninteen Million ID badges??
    d) How many MP Brigades do the NY and NJ National Guard have available?
    e) To help the transient "contractors" con people
    f) Wow, another great new idea no one ever thought of
    g) Define that in a way that will pass the courts
    h) Will this position be hereditary (so his great-grandchild can finish it) or will we appoint a new czar every twenty or thirty years?

    These "proposed steps" include a couple of good ideas -- which have all already been implemented combined with unrealistic dreams and total nonsense (eg, ONE INDIVIDUAL processing every single application)
    in Jan 2013

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