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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Political Storm, Maybe

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Was it really necessary to shut down the subway ahead of the blizzard-turned-snowstorm? We look at what's perhaps becoming a trend of one-upmanship by Gov. Cuomo towards Mayor de Blasio.

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WNYC News

Comptroller Finds Homeless Services Agency Mishandled Sandy Money

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Scott Stringer said the lack of record keeping makes it look like crucial monitoring didn't happen at all.

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WNYC News

City Council Approves New 911 Call Tracking

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The city council has approved a bill requiring the FDNY to change how it tracks response times to emergencies. That bill came to the council after a four-year-old Manhattan girl was struck and killed by an SUV in June. It took an ambulance eight minutes to arrive after a call was made to 911.

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WNYC News

City's 911 Call Center Disrupted by 4th Glitch

Friday, May 31, 2013

The city's new 911 system was again disrupted overnight when some work stations went off-line in what is the the fourth computer glitch since new software was installed Wednesday, officials said.

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WNYC News

City's 911 Call Center Crashes Over Tech Snafu

Thursday, May 30, 2013

New York City rolled out a new 911 emergency call system on Wednesday, but a glitch took several computers offline for 12 minutes — leaving some operators at the city's main call center in Brooklyn to write notes by hand.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Thad Allen on Federal Disaster Response

Friday, November 30, 2012

Retired U.S. Coast Guard admiral Thad Allen discusses his recent appointment by Gov. Cuomo to co-chair the NYS Respond Commission on emergency preparedness in the state, and his experience. Allen coordinated federal response in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and was the National Incident Commander for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He is also a Senior Vice President at the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Utility Workers and First Responders

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Are you working on Sandy recovery? Call in with your stories. What are you seeing and what do you know? We want to hear stories from the utility crews, the police, the volunteers, the journalists, and anyone else working in the hardest hit areas in the region.  Call us at 646-829-3980.

 

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Features

Natural Disasters Reshape Animal Rescue

Monday, October 03, 2011

The terrorist attacks of 9/11 fore-grounded the concept of disaster preparedness, but it was Hurricane Katrina, four years later, that redefined the idea of animal rescue. Sept. 11, 2001 gave us the Department of Homeland Security; Katrina, the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act, which was signed into law in October of 2006.

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WNYC News

10 Years Later, FDNY and NYPD in Radio Sync

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Since the September 11 attack, New York City has committed hundreds of millions of dollars to upgrade its 911 call system and its emergency radio communications to try and correct the inadequacies documented by the 911 Commission and other expert reviews.
A City Council panel Tuesday examined how far the Bloomberg administration had actually gotten on the effort,which has run into time delays and major cost overruns.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Disaster Experts

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Historian Scott Gabriel Knowles tells how a diverse collection of professionals—insurance inspectors, engineers, scientists, journalists, public officials, civil defense planners, and emergency managers—emerged as the authorities on risk and disaster and, in the process, shaped modern America. The Disaster Experts: Mastering Risk in Modern America offers historical context for understanding who the experts are that influence decisions, how they became powerful, and why they are only slightly closer today than a decade ago to protecting the public from disasters.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Thinking in an Emergency

Friday, August 19, 2011

Elaine Scarry, author of Thinking in an Emergency, discusses her new book about how only a powerful few in the world are in charge if disaster strikes - and what everybody else can do about it.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Thinking in an Emergency

Friday, April 15, 2011

Elaine Scarry, author of Thinking in an Emergency, discusses her new book about how only a powerful few in the world are in charge if disaster strikes - and what everybody else can do about it.

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WNYC News

FDNY to Obey Traffic Laws, Cut Siren for Some Responses in Expanded Program

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

The FDNY is expanding a program that requires firefighters to follow traffic laws, operate at reduced speeds and turn off lights and sirens when responding to certain non-life threatening emergencies to Brooklyn and Staten Island after a successful pilot program in Queens.

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