collective action by survivors/victims in N.J., Fla., N.Y., Tex., Puerto Rico -
OUR BROKEN DISASTER-RECOVERY SYSTEM
Every year, mainstream media covers disaster anniversaries—but there is precious little information for those struggling to recover.
Every storm, survivors rely on help from neighbors, organizations, federal, state and local government agencies. Sometimes that help comes - for a little while – and sometimes it doesn't.
Our Superstorm Sandy show, October 28th, left us with a lot of questions, so this week Joel Kupferman of The National Lawyers Guild NYC and Jody Stewart from NJ Organizing Project are our guests for this important topic.
At a recent NY City Council hearing, the Council was congratulating itself on their Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts, even though those efforts have fallen short for the ten years since the Storm.
“If you’ve seen one disaster, you’ve seen one disaster”—but shouldn’t the agencies have a standard way for survivors to learn about what help is available, where to turn for a hot meal, a charged phone, a change of clothes?
Texas Appleseed, in collaboration with experts from 15 national and regional groups (Puerto Rico, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, and New Jersey), have put forth these recommendations:
1: Get money to people faster.
2: All survivors deserve access to a full and fair recovery system that serves our communities
3: Flood insurance should work for disaster survivors, not against them.
4: Recovery does not mean everything goes back to the way it was before. All communities and
families should not only recover but be less vulnerable to future disasters.
5: Disaster recovery reform must be systemic, not piecemeal.
Join us next week, Friday, November 18th, at 2:30 p.m., for a report on COP27, now happening in Egypt.
Jody Stewart - New Jersey Organizing Project
Joel Kupferman - National Lawyers’ Guild, NYC and Environmental Justice Initiative