Long Island Contractors Association Warns of Equipment Shortages Due to Tropical Storm Sandy

Wed October 31, 2012 - National Edition
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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 p
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 p

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."

A note of caution about equipment availability

Herbst cautions that some private equipment normally available to the Nassau and Suffolk Offices of Emergency Preparedness will not be there. "There has simply not been the level of infrastructure work let by municipalities over the past several years. As a result, some of the equipment that could be repositioned from existing job sites to cope with a storm has been sold, put into cold storage or simply not maintained. As a result there is a potential shortage of assets that have been available in the past."

President of Operating Engineers Local 138, Bill Duffy, Jr., stated, "Our members who operate the equipment needed to get the job done are ready to be mobilized. We are just awaiting the word to `go’ and the track of Tropical Storm Sandy."