Adaptive Capacity Of Coastal Cities

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Second Draft Proposal
Adaptive Capacity of Coastal Cities in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy:
The Role of Government Policy (NOAA)

The role of government and its response to during Hurricane Sandy in October of 2012 remains a controversial affair to this day. From a policy perspective the United States government, federal, state, and local levels could have been better prepared as described in this proposal. The debate on how well emergency management personnel was put into the national spotlight during Super Storm Sandy. News headlines spoke of not only unpreparedness from logistics standpoint but also a failure to establish a foundation for policy to deal with climate change and rare weather events. A review by The New York Times of hundreds of documents and emails shows that for months before the hurricane hit, the governor of New York administration ignored pleas from the authority to let it fill staff vacancies that were to hamstring it in digging out from the storm, including an executive to oversee communications with a jittery, frustrated public (Craig, Susanne 2014). How can governments and their policies be better developed to manage natural disaster emergencies? This proposal aims to highlight some of the research gathered by professionals from diverse backgrounds to better understand what can be changed and offer solutions to better ensure emergency preparedness in these coast cities. This importance of learning from the…
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