Following discussions with professional meteorologists about Tropical Storm Sandy, the Long Island Contractors' Association (LICA) put their members on notice that they need to begin to implement their recovery assistance plans that would put a fleet of payloaders, dump trucks, chain saws, and more at the disposal of hard-hit municipalities.
LICA Executive Director Marc Herbst stated, "This coordinated response builds on past practices to lease heavy equipment to government in the event of a hurricane, nor'easter, blizzard or similar disaster. Hurricanes and tropical storms ignore municipal jurisdictions. How, when and who gets these types of construction equipment to clear paths, gain access for emergency vehicles and utility repair crews must be coordinated among those who have access to the `big picture' in the event of a major storm. By coordinating the allocation of these limited but crucial assets, we can ensure that we can recover faster from major damage."
LICA President James Pratt explained, "Following our participation in a severe weather summit this summer the one word that everyone took away is `preparedness.' Without a viable plan in place and one that you are prepared to implement there is no way you can adequately respond to the potential for enormous damage following a storm. And those storms have become far more intense over the last several years. As a result, LICA is issuing a weather bulletin to its members who, collectively, own and operate some three quarters of a billion dollars worth of equipment.