A Prepared Community is a Resilient Community

July 11, 2016 9:30 AM | Staten Island University Hospital Regina McGinn Educational Center, 475 Seaview Avenue, Staten Island, New York

The purpose of this field hearing is twofold: first it is to discover to the extent possible how the tremendous investments made, by city, state, and federal governments since Superstorm Sandy have mitigated the risk to the New York City Metropolitan Area from another extreme weather event. Are we more resilient as a community? Secondly, the hearing will feature testimony directly from the stakeholders who were both involved in the Sandy response and who will likewise be implicated in any future disaster response. How did they perceive the disaster response at the time of Sandy? How have they worked together to adapt their disaster response plans or policies based on the lessons learned since then? Are we more prepared as a community?

Responding to a disaster necessarily involves the whole of the affected community: government, both state and local, non-profits, private enterprise and other civic organizations. The two panels reflect this institutional diversity in disaster response.

Opening Statements

Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY), Subcommittee Chairman
Opening Statement

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Mr. Michael Byrne
Deputy Regional Administrator
Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region II
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Witness Testimony

Ms. Marion McFadden
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Grant Programs
Office of Community Planning and Development
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Witness Testimony

Mr. Daniel A. Zarrilli
Chief Resilience Officer
Office of the Mayor
City of New York, New York
Witness Testimony


Mr. Vincent M. Ignizio
Chief Executive Officer
Catholic Charities of Staten Island
Staten Island, New York
Witness Testimony

Mr. Brad Gair
Private Citizen
Witness Testimony

Ms. Donna Moravick
Executive Director
Southside Hospital
Bay Shore, New York
Witness Testimony

Ms. Kelly D. Higgs
Disaster Recovery and Resiliency Coordinator
New Jersey Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
Witness Testimony