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Sandy report offers simple safety steps

| Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, 7:36 p.m.

ALBANY, N.Y. — Floodgates for tunnels, subways and airports as well as a network of safe havens such as old Civil Defense shelters should be among quick, simple preventive measures that New York installs before storms, according to the full report by an expert panel examining Superstorm Sandy's effects in the state.

The 205-page report obtained by The Associated Press calls for two more tunnels out of Manhattan, a rapid bus system and another Long Island Rail Road track, and details how to better pay for it all by forging new partnerships with companies and several ways to improve insurance coverage for the state and residents.

Some elements of the report were presented last week, but the report wasn't released publicly. The full report was delivered to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is expected to include some recommendations in his State of the State speech on Wednesday.

The report includes other recommendations that are already used in other states and countries, many at little or no cost. It recommends partnerships with private businesses for several projects and combining already-budgeted or planned routine maintenance or capital projects with measures to protect against disaster.

“We tried to think about what was going to be most effective for emergencies, but what do you also want to have in just a normal, high-functioning 21st-century system?” said Judith Rodin, co-chairwoman of the NYS 2100 Commission.

Previous drafts of the report focused on barrier islands and man-made barriers as well as inflatable “plugs” to close off subways and closures for air vents. Though they are elements of the report, they are among many recommendations.

“There is no single fix,” Rodin said.

Sandy is the most costly natural disaster since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The storm damaged or destroyed 305,000 housing units in New York and more than 265,000 businesses were disrupted there, officials have said.

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