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NYC Sandy Report Gives Recommendations For Future Storm Preparedness

Report Finds More Police Boats, Generators Needed
Superstorm Sandy's destruction seen in the Rockaways - Dec. 7, 2012 (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Superstorm Sandy’s destruction seen in the Rockaways – Dec. 7, 2012 (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – A new report prompted by Superstorm Sandy says New York City should buy more police boats and develop a system to track patients after hospital evacuations.

Deputy mayors Cas Holloway and Linda Gibbs discussed the details of the city’s After-Action report at a midday briefing on Friday.

The report also says the city should line up more generators and take other steps to handle natural disasters.

The self-analysis credits the city’s preparations and response on many fronts. But it also notes problems. Among them: Many people didn’t evacuate. People ended up staying in shelters too long. Some critically needed city vehicles couldn’t get gas.

“Hurricane Sandy caused tragic loss of life, uprooted thousands of New Yorkers, and caused unprecedented damage throughout the five boroughs,” said Holloway. “This After-Action report makes clear that as well as the city performed, we can always do better; we will take the lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy and strengthen the City’s capacity to respond to future emergencies.”

The report recommends getting more mobile fuel facilities. It also says city staffers should be deployed faster to work with community groups on relief operations and urges working with companies to extend cell phone towers’ backup power.

“We know there are always ways to improve and this after-action evaluation has identified key steps we can take to further enhance our ability to more effectively assist New Yorkers,” said Gibbs.

To see the full report, visit www.nyc.gov.

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