New York reviews methods to prepare, respond to future disasters

|  January 08, 2013 |

A destroyed beach house in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy on November 4, 2012 in Far Rockaway, NY. Credit: Leonard Zhukovsky / Shutterstock.com

The NYS 2100 Commission, a panel put in place to issue recommendations for how New York should spend some of the $60 billion it received to recover from superstorm Sandy that hit October 29, released its preliminary report on ways to harden infrastructure in case of future emergencies, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin and Felix Rohatyn co-chair the group.

The 170-page-long report was released in late December and left out cost estimates for some proposals. However, one commissioner told The Wall Street Journal many of the proposed measures would be simple to execute and would require no new laws.

Some recommendations in the preliminary report include stronger surface rapid-transit networks, man-made barrier islands in New York Harbor and sturdy, inflatable balloons inside subway tunnels to seal off the system from incoming water, among many other ideas.

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