SUPERSTORM SANDY—10 YEARS LATER
HOW TO STOP IT FROM HAPPENING AGAIN
The world must not forget the images and aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The climate crisis has given us additional disastrous storms from Harvey to Maria to Ida to Fiona to Ian — survivors are sharing what was learned about coping with government recovery programs and working to repair our broken national disaster-recovery system.
Superstorm Sandy was acknowledged by mainstream media in soundbites, but did they give credit to Occupy Sandy or NJ Organizing Project for helping for years afterward? Of course not. Their corporate sponsors would not appreciate giving credit to anything Occupy Wall St-oriented.
-Sandy was the storm that made "resiliency" a cliché—are we on the right path?
- Boilers originally of the wrong type and in the wrong place were replaced with new boilers that were the wrong type and in the wrong place. FEMA restrictions would not allow any sort of modification, even if additional costs were paid for by the homeowner. Even with the usual funding streams and contractors, very little of what was proposed seems to have been accomplished as planned.
-How it affected Environmental Justice communities EJ communities often don’t have the connections to government agencies, the transportation options or other resources to access whatever aid is available. Were EJ Communities treated differently during the recovery process?
- Analysis, Recovery, Rebuild by Design—a truly innovative government program to look at new solutions
– What has been done to keep it from happening again?
Our show honors Occupy Sandy, YANA, and the NJ Organizing Project, with our guests, Sal LoPizzo and Cameron Foster, describing their groups’ work both during the storm and afterward, including mutual aid and passing on expertise to the next generation of survivors.