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Sat Dec 8, 2012, 06:29 PM

NY mostly ignored reports warning of superstorm

Source: Associated Press

More than three decades before Superstorm Sandy, a state law and a series of legislative reports began warning New York politicians to prepare for a storm of historic proportions, spelling out scenarios eerily similar to what actually happened: a towering storm surge; overwhelming flooding; swamped subway lines; widespread power outages. The Rockaway peninsula was deemed among the "most at risk."

But most of the warnings and a requirement in a 1978 law to create a regularly updated plan for the restoration of "vital services" after a storm went mostly unheeded, either because of tight budgets or the lack of political will to prepare for a hypothetical storm that may never hit.

Some of the thorniest problems after Sandy, including a gasoline shortage, the lack of temporary housing and the flooding of commuter tunnels, ended up being dealt with largely on the fly.

"I don't know that anyone believed," acknowledged Gov. Andrew Cuomo this past week. "We had never seen a storm like this. So it is very hard to anticipate something that you have never experienced."

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bananas Dec 2012 OP
dkf Dec 2012 #1
heaven05 Dec 2012 #3
Wilms Dec 2012 #2
HockeyMom Dec 2012 #4
sendero Dec 2012 #5
Historic NY Dec 2012 #6
aquart Dec 2012 #7
FailureToCommunicate Dec 2012 #8
Rhiannon12866 Dec 2012 #9
DallasNE Dec 2012 #10
slackmaster Dec 2012 #11

Response to bananas (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 06:36 PM

1. We don't prepare well for a lot of things til the disaster hits.

 

Terrorism, fiscal cliffs, storms, global warming, peak oil, health costs due to aging populations, pension funding shortages...



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Response to dkf (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 07:10 PM

3. we've

never been proactive, unless we get lied proactively into war.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 06:53 PM

2. Andy does Condi.

"I don't know that anyone believed," acknowledged Gov. Andrew Cuomo...

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 07:29 PM

4. They have been saying that a major hurricane was due

for years, given the last major one was in the 1930s. Problem? Who thought there would be one the end of OCTOBER?????? The year before it SNOWED!!!!!!

I think the TIME of the year is what was the surprise. Global warming.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 08:28 PM

5. So it is very hard to anticipate something that you have never experienced

Like, climate change or the great recession, or zero percent interest rates or Democrats taking control of Washington or people getting fed up with Rush and Fox?

All kinds of things that have not happened before or happened in a long time are happening and are going to keep happening.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 09:39 PM

6. Its the, It will never happen to me syndrome.....

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 10:21 PM

7. Irene told us all we needed to know about our vulnerability.

So we promptly did nothing.

Me, I would redirect every fucking dime going to fight the insignificant fleabite of terrorism and devote it to helping America and Americans survive climate change.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 12:11 AM

8. "We had never seen a storm like this." Really?

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 12:59 AM

9. I was plenty worried, especially after Irene which killed my mother

So I wasn't taking any chances, but all we had here upstate was a lot of wind and some rain. I went out early, gave my friend a ride to the vet to pick up her kitty since we expected the worst, then went straight home and stayed there. I was supposed to be somewhere that night, turned out I was one of the few not to show up, but my friend was told not to show up for work and my housemate was sent home in the afternoon. Because Irene hit us so hard, we were prepared for the worst.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 02:21 AM

10. They Anticipated It In 1978

Cuomo sounds eerily like Condi Rice when she claimed that nobody could have anticipated bin Laden using hijacked airplanes in a terrorist attack when the PDB of August 6, 2001 warned of possible use of hijacked airplanes for an attack. Both amounted to ignored warnings although the outcome of 9/11 was more serious by far.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 03:44 AM

11. People need to snap out of it and stop watching TV so much

 

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