More than six months after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the tri-state region, questions remain regarding our infrastructure, our disaster response capabilities and what the future holds. The massive storm - which flooded thousands of homes, cut power to millions of people, and claimed over 100 lives - was the second costliest storm in US history after Hurricane Katrina, with damages estimated between $50 billion. But beyond the structural damages and subsequent costs, nearly everyone living in New York City, Long Island and New Jersey was affected. WNET/Thirteen (New York City), WLIW21 (Long Island), NJTV (New Jersey), and WHYY TV in Philadelphia, in collaboration with media outlets WNYC at 93.9FM and AM820, New Jersey Public Radio, The Star-Ledger and NJ.com, NJ Spotlight, NJ News Commons and The New York Times will address community issues and concerns and seek out answers in a multi-platform live two-hour town-hall broadcast with studio audiences at Monmouth University and the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center. Panelists will include experts in engineering, real estate, transportation, infrastructure and power, building codes, climate change, non-profits and charities, and government representatives from local mayors to state and federal officials.
The costs of maintaining our region's infrastructure and rebuilding post - Sandy are indeed staggering. Although the future is uncertain and the task of improving our disaster response systems is daunting, Superstorm Sandy: A Live Town Hall will have content that will challenge all of us to find solutions.
We encourage our live and online audiences to participate and question our experts on topics ranging from overall costs of infrastructural investments, insurance/individual burdens for future storms, FEMA and government responses how they were during Sandy and what needs to improve, post-Sandy building codes, climate changes -- regional effects to questions of our communities ability to deal with future storms financially and socially among other topics.
Fill out the form below to be part of our live audience at Monmouth University and please make sure to indicate if you want to ask a question and on what topic. (Only questions pertaining to the entire community will be considered. ie: questions about specific needs of individuals will not work in our Town Hall setting.)
Join us on May 16th for an instructive and important night about Superstorm Sandy and how our region can move forward.
Thank you very much for your interest in the show.