NYCHA turns efforts to storm preparedness

October 30, 2013 10:05AM

The New York City Housing Authority is turning its efforts to helping prepare for future storms, after it announced yesterday that is has completed basic repair work on properties damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

NYCHA – which was roundly criticized for being ill-prepared for Sandy — plans to use a $120 million federal grant to design and install emergency generator systems in 150 storm-affected buildings.

Since the storm, the authority has also created a registry for at-risk groups such as the elderly, the handicapped and those on medication, so that it can quickly respond in case of an emergency, WNYC reported.

The efforts seem to be paying dividends — 80 percent of public housing households reported in a recent city survey that they are either somewhat prepared or very prepared for a major storm, compared with 63 percent before Sandy, according to WNYC.

A year after Sandy struck, the city’s real estate market is still plagued by several storm-related issues, as The Real Deal reported.[WNYC]  – Hiten Samtani