On Thursday, July 19, the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) joined Village of Freeport Mayor Robert Kennedy, Superintendent of Freeport Electric Al Livingston and other officials to preview a new all-in-one Outage Management System (OMS), developed and funded through the NY Rising Community Reconstruction (NYRCR) Program.
The $300,000 state-of-the-art tool will enable first responders and other appropriate personnel to detect, assess and respond to a variety of outages as they happen. While this technology will prove beneficial to a number of departments— including Police, Fire, Water and Public Works— on a daily basis, it will become even more critical, and potentially life-saving, in the event of a future emergency.
Freeport, which was severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012, is one of 64 incorporated villages within Nassau County. Because the village is self-sustaining, it had identified the creation of the OMS as a local priority through its participation in the bottom-up NYRCR Program.
The development of the system will allow the Village to update practices for handling and tracking outages— unifying protocols across departments, while promoting efficiency, transparency and accountability.
Championed by Governor Cuomo, the innovative NYRCR Program aims to empower local residents and stakeholders in the recovery and resiliency process. Altogether, a total of 650 New Yorkers have represented their communities by serving on NYRCR planning committees and have worked integrate local needs and assets into proposals to make New York stronger and smarter.
The OMS, like other NYRCR projects, is funded through the State’s allocation of Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Read the press release here.
Thursday, July 19, 2018