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Discussing the Politics of Disaster Preparedness

October 29, 2013

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A year ago today, Hurricane Sandy made landfall along the eastern coast of the United States, and slammed into New York City with full force. The rest is all-too-familiar history.  Most everyone thinking clearly about the future understands that cycles of extreme weather will be a regular feature of New York’s urban landscape. What remains unclear is how the city will respond.  What measures have been taken to prepare for the next big hurricane? What still needs to be done? What political obstacles to optimal disaster preparedness remain?

On November 18, I’ll be hosting a conversation at The City College of New York with Joseph F. Bruno, Commissioner of New York City’s Office of Emergency Management, where these questions and others will be debated and discussed. We will talk about the politics of disaster preparedness, and the ways in which the city is planning for future episodes of devastatingly extreme weather.  The event will take place at CCNY in Shepard Hall, Room 558 from 5:30-7:00pm.  The discussion with Commissioner Bruno is free and open to the public.  Interested guests are asked to RSVP here.  Space is limited, so don’t delay.

I hope to see some of you there.

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