New York Got Lucky

Not in the tawdry, unmentionable way.  Shame on you for thinking that.  But in the sense that what could have been an unmitigated disaster turned out to be relatively tame.  Hurricane Irene spared New York City the full force and damage of what could have happened.  I think that the reaction of the city government was a bit much, particularly given the end results.  But, in retrospect, shutting down the transit system and coordinating all of the various parts of the city government provided an excellent training opportunity for perhaps a bigger incident, and not necessarily weather related.  The fact of the matter is that New Yorkers would never stand for a wholesale shutdown and rehearsal of the emergency response capabilities, so this storm, even though it turned out to be relatively light, gave us what amounts to a practice run.  God help us that we ever need it, but in the event we do, I’m sure that we’ve garnered valuable knowledge as to what to do, and how to do it better next time.  Well done Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo.

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