The plan calls for a joint approach to recovery that includes creating a forum for coordinating large-scale infrastructure projects and developing guidelines to ensure those projects are built to withstand severe weather.
The report also says coastal towns must prepare for the impact of rising sea levels that will increase the risk of more severe flooding during storms.
“It seems like those once-in-a-generation storms are coming every couple years now,” Donovan said Monday. “Communities understand this, and they are looking for ways to rebuild differently, and so I think you’ll see not just at the federal level but at the local level as well, that communities are demanding this and that we must build this way.”
“The Network and our members are honored to be part of the Task Force’s discussions regarding the rebuilding strategy report. The devastation left behind by Sandy is unprecedented and required an ‘all hands on deck’ approach which the Obama administration has taken.
“We appreciate the leadership and willingness of our federal partners to ask for and listen to feedback from affected families and the community groups supporting them through this recovery. We urge Governor Christie to do the same.
“Providing more resources for housing counseling, addressing foreclosure risks, and allowing for increased public input are just a few key ideas incorporated into the report that are essential to any long-term planning.
“Efficient and effective rebuilding in New Jersey is contingent on implementation of the ideas in the Task Force’s report. We will have a successful resurgence of our Sandy devastated communities but only if this report is put to use and not left to collect dust.”