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New York winter proves problematic for Sandy survivors

Many New York neighborhoods are still without heat following Hurricane Sandy. Temporary housing has been created, along with portable heaters.
Many New York neighborhoods are still without heat following Hurricane Sandy. Temporary housing has been created, along with portable heaters.

The last two seasons have proven particularly difficult for the tri-state area. Many residents and businesses are still working toward a full recovery after Hurricane Sandy and now have the added hardship of drastic winter temperatures.

The Associated Press explored how some New York residents are still facing difficulties following Hurricane Sandy. The rebuilding process has been far from easy, and many are still unable to return to their homes and have had to find shelter elsewhere. Many East Coast states have battled harsh winter temperatures, which has made temporary housing particularly undesirable.

For example, some Staten Island neighborhoods have not had heat since October. Aid workers set up tents with portable propane heaters but residents are still not completely satisfied with measures being taken to combat subzero temperatures.

Anthony Cavallo saw his one-story New Jersey home get flooded from Hurricane Sandy. The security system installer explained to the AP how he and his family have been living in a trailer they bought once it became clear they couldn’t afford to rent.

“Every day it’s something, whether it’s frozen pipes or getting jerked around for two months by insurance companies,” Cavallo told the news source. “I just kind of want to wake up one day and have no surprises.”

While no town or business can guarantee that they will never be taken by surprise from Mother Nature, it’s important to be as prepared as possible. That way, should any evacuations need to take place, everyone will understand how to do so in a safe manner.

When city officials partner with business continuity consultants, they can ensure that a comprehensive continuity of operations plan is created. From there, residents should be made aware of any evacuation routes and what they can do on an individual level to stay safe and ensure the safety of others.