Monarch Housing Associates has signed this letter and we strongly encourage you to not only join us but to also to consider sending your own observations and suggestions regarding disaster preparedness, emergency operations and recovery allocations under separate cover.
You can sign on in support of the recommendation by clicking here. In order to be listed as a signer, please click here by the end of the day on Wednesday, June 26.
This letter is intended to assist the President’s Task Force in overseeing the Sandy recovery and in preparing for future storms and natural disasters. Further, we hope it will inform the Task Force’s report to President Obama to be submitted on August 2, 2013. There are Bold Type headings to help you find the recommendations of concern to you in the full text.
Highlights of our recommendations include:
Requiring that the public be told how the state and local governments plan to conduct emergency response.
Enforcing federal civil rights laws that require that funds be spent to help low and moderate-income people.
Creating working groups and programs to meet all of the direct needs of regular people, from immediate, emergency shelter after a storm, to relocation counseling and mental health counseling.
Requiring rebuilding of communities in ways designed to protect against future storms.
Collecting information about who and what was damaged must be done in a way that not only helps people get immediate shelter, but also to plan for and rehabilitate or build a place they can call home in a community in which they want to live.