Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey
The Honorable Christie Chris,
Governor of New Jersey
Office of the Governor,
P.O. Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625
Dear Governor Christie Chris,
My name is …………. a resident of New Jersey State. I am writing to bring to your attention the impact of hurricane sundry of 29th October, 2012. The effect of the storm left New Jersey, one of the most populated states in the United States, battering with heavy rains, storm surges, and strong winds. Damages as a result of widespread flooding caused power interruption, thus leading to an acute shortage of fuel. Incidences of massive damage to infrastructure, displacement of people, and deaths were also reported. Besides being a victim of the Hurricane storm, the catastrophe left me devastated as I lost relatives and friends. The unprecedented event prompted me to seek the indulgence of your office on how to protect residents from similar incidences, and the necessary frameworks that the state government should develop in ensuring that the victims are compensated. I am sure that your office shares the same concerns of protecting New Jersey residents.
An estimate of the impact of the hurricane Sandy by Gomitz revealed that the American economy lost over 50 billion as a result of power outages where millions of customers and business enterprises were in a blackout that paralyzed operations (13). In addition, there were leakages in gas lines that caused a fire that damaged properties. Acess to diesel and gasoline was a problem to New Jersey residents as the floods damaged major docks and terminal in Arthur Kill. The storm also caused disruption in accessing data and telecommunication. The public health of New Jersey residents and aquatic organisms were put at risk due to damage of water and sewer treatment plants.
A partnership between the federal government and nongovernmental organizations is crucial in ensuring that proactive strategies are put in place to ensure that the lives of citizens are not at risk in the event that such calamities arises. The partnership will aid establishment of an efficient disaster management response strategies. The Federal emergency management agency has to be on the ground early enough to support provision of resources and services to the victims in response to the storm. The department of Homeland security has to collaborate with FEMA in developing strategies that will enhance protection of property, minimize loss of lives, and promote safety and public health. It is imperative for the federal government to mobilize enough personnel to ensure that survivors of hurricane sandy get necessary aid to alleviate suffering and reduction of deaths (Gomitz 13).
Input of state and federal government in developing designs that help in aligning policies of both governments is essential in promoting long- term rebuilding strategies. First, the rebuilding plan involves utilization of modern technology and current data in not only measuring but also anticipation of risks and vulnerabilities that may befall the community. This hazard mitigation strategy will help in protecting New Jersey residents from excessive harm and future economic costs. Strengthening and restoration of homes through provision of affordable and safe housing opportunities is another milestone on the roar to rebuilding. Although insurance companies played a salient role in composition of hurricane sandy victims, there is a need to develop policies that will address challenges that this companies face to make this service affordable. An effective communication infrastructure in the federal government will enhance sharing of information between residents to aid evacuation in the event that the state anticipates a catastrophe. I hope your office will consider my suggestions to enhance safety in New Jersey.
Gornitz, Vivien. Rising Sea: Past, Present, and Future. New York: Columbia University