A View from the Road—September 2016
David Orr PE, Director, CLRP
“Change is inevitable, but improvement isn't”—Lynne Irwin
Disasters come in many types, sizes and intervals. The news in the last two weeks reminds us to think about the worst case and make sure we have a plan BEFORE the disaster strikes.
Twenty-four counties across Upstate New York have been designated as natural disaster areas by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a result of this summer's drought. The primary and contiguous counties included under this designation are in Western New York, the Finger Lakes, Central New York, and the Southern Tier. As Governor Cuomo said, "Strong agriculture is critical to the vibrancy of Upstate New York and this year's hot, dry summer have created significant challenges to this crucial industry."
Blue= Primary Counties
After five decades of generally declining fatalities on our nation's highways, the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) just announced that there was a 7.25 percent increase in fatalities in 2015 (versus 2014). In New York State, the increase was 7.7 percent in 2015, resulting in 1,041 fatalities.
"The data tell us that people die when they drive drunk, distracted, or drowsy, or if they are speeding or unbuckled," said NHTSA Administrator, Dr. Mark Rosekind. "While there have been enormous improvements in many of these areas, we need to find new solutions to end traffic fatalities."
Disasters come in all shapes and sizes and while we should do what we can to avoid them, we should also have a plan for when the worst case occurs.
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