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Long Beach Pre-Sandy Evacuation Decisions Focus of Study

Feds to fund $1.4 million social-science projects

Michigan Street in Long Beach in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. (Credit: Joseph Kellard)
Michigan Street in Long Beach in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. (Credit: Joseph Kellard)

The evacuation of Long Beach during Hurricane Sandy is one of 10 social science research projects relating to the so-called superstorm that received $1.4 million in funding, federal and state authorities announced Thursday.

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Awarded by Sea Grant programs in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut via an National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) initiative, the projects are designed to improve people’s understanding and responses to hazard warnings, with Long Beach cited as a primary example of thousands of residents who were without power or sewage following the storm. Hofstra will conduct a study to focus the decisions Long Beach residents made in regard to evacuations, according to Newsday.

Peyton Robertson, NOAA's chair of the Sandy Assessment Team, said of the projects that will be funded by Sandy supplemental aid:

"This work should lead to an improved response from coastal residents in the face of impending storms. A better understanding of the true implications of extreme weather threats like Sandy is a step forward in building a weather-ready nation."
Island Girl January 18, 2014 at 07:13 AM
Have you ever seen long beach during a summer day when we get a thundering rainstorm? Evacuation is at a standstill. Imagine the "last minute Annies" leaving the barrier island before a hurricane.
Penquin January 18, 2014 at 04:09 PM
Perhaps its still PTSD from the storm, but I just can't imagine any more congestion in this city. If there was another emergency, I would feel trapped. Maybe I'm just getting old. In any event, the only advice to follow is to do what you guys are advising - don't wait until the last minute and head to the nearest confounded bridge.
Longbeacher January 18, 2014 at 09:50 PM
i think of long beach like a guy threating a bomb on a plain after 911 ,we all kick his ass ,and next time they say storm /hurracane ,we will all leave without being told twice ....end of study
Hamburger January 19, 2014 at 01:53 PM
I think I'll stay, thanks

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