TRENTON – In an effort to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy and protect the state from future disasters, Senators Bob Smith and Christopher “Kip” Bateman have sponsored a resolution that urges disaster-response agencies to provide a comprehensive analysis to increase New Jersey’s preparedness for similar disasters. The resolution was unanimously approved today by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.
“Hurricane Sandy was a disaster of epic proportions that left more than a quarter million New Jersey families without power, washed away streets, bridges, homes and businesses and destroyed entire towns,” said Senator Smith, D-Middlesex and Somerset, Chairman of the committee. “In order to learn from the past and prepare for the future, we must analyze the state’s strengths and weaknesses in terms of disaster preparedness and infrastructure and determine a plan to ensure that this type of destruction never happens again. The Army Corp of Engineers, FEMA and the DEP are uniquely qualified to make these assessments, so that we can rebuild a better and stronger New Jersey.”