Maybe it was not that bad, but the public, environmental, and planning professionals are feeling snubbed because the Office of Emergency Management in NJ submitted their Hazard Mitigation Plan to the feds without any input from the public. Continue reading “NJ OEM to Public and Experts – Drop Dead”
Now these folks are rethinking! First, a video (OK is a promotional video but it is cool). If disaster strikes I want one of these!
And this fellow just won a coveted prize in architecture, the Pritkzer prize, for designing temporary shelters with the main support coming from cardboard tubes. Be ready to change your mind about what temporary is though. TED Video here
According to this article by Scott Gurian on NJ Spotlight and Newsworks.org, all of the other states in the Mid-Atlantic Region are planning for sea-level rise in a serious way. NJ…not so much. Long article but well worth the read and there is a terrific interactive map from Climate Central at the end. Originally posted on Newsworks.org on November 12, 2013. Full article here.
Editorial from the Press of Atlantic City, originally printed on Monday, October 28, 2013. Hurricane Sandy taught us all many lessons. But now, a year later, as an estimated 26,000 New Jersey residents remain out of their homes and as complaints grow about the maddeningly slow pace of many recovery programs, Professor Seneca’s lesson is one of the more important ones to keep in mind.
Original article in the Star Ledger – September 27, 2013
Written By Grant Salmon
News broke last week that the fire that burned down the Seaside boardwalk was caused by degraded electrical wiring. According to reports, this electrical line had been submerged in sand and salt water by Hurricane Sandy. Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato said the faulty wiring — located beneath the boardwalk — was “completely inaccessible” to humans.
This statement is misguided. I have walked past the frozen custard stand where the blaze originated at least a dozen times since the storm struck last year. Anybody who knows what the Seaside boardwalk looked like surely understands that a marvel of modern engineering this structure was not. According to Coronato, “You have to tear down the entire building to get to the wire.” That’s about right: Deconstruct a few of the shanty-style shops, pull back a few wooden planks, and access the void underneath the boardwalk to execute a proper inspection. Read original article here.