On Wednesday, February 1, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR), Lisa Bova-Hiatt, joined other representatives from the City, State and federal levels to discuss public safety and emergency preparedness.
The event, which was organized by City & State and held at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Lower Manhattan, featured three panels: 1) “One City: Safe and Fair Everywhere;” 2) “Measures to Maximize New York’s Security;” and 3) “Emergency Preparedness in New York.”
Keynote remarks were additionally delivered by Commissioner of the New York Police Department (NYPD) James O’Neill.
“One of our greatest challenges at GOSR is responding to recent storms in a reactive manner, while pursuing a proactive approach to disasters that have not yet occurred,” said Ms. Bova-Hiatt, during her participation in the third session. “Despite the obvious complexities of achieving this balance, we strive to do both every day. Although on one hand, we want to make sure that we deliver aid to those in need as quickly as possible, on the other, we must be deliberate in thinking about issues of long-term resiliency and the impact that future extreme weather events may have.”
Ms. Bova-Hiatt was accompanied by Chief Joseph Pfeifer, Chief of Counterrorism and Emergency Preparedness for the New York City Fire Department (FDNY); Christina Farrell, Deputy Commissioner for External Affairs for New York City Emergency Management; and Chuck France, Professor of Emergency and Disaster Management at the Metropolitan College of New York. The discussion was moderated by Bill Raisch, Executive Director of the International Center for Enterprise Preparedness (InterCep) at New York University (NYU).
Attended by approximately 250 individuals, the event aimed to convene government officials and leaders in the sectors of defense, public safety, security, intelligence, law enforcement, and emergency management. Conversations ranged from efforts to combat terrorism and boost cybersecurity, to improving neighborhood policing and better preparing for natural disasters, such as Superstorm Sandy.