1. On Metro Focus, A Forbes contributor reports on the power grid failure which is 50 years old . Peter Kelly Detweiler/ independent energy consultant / Constellation Energy stated that a Micro grid and smart grid are recommended to coordinate generators and first responders. Duplication and redundancy of equipment would be required for an adequate response. Though, Back up systems are ok in the short run along with expenditures on labor , there is a real need for procedures linking people and managing the potential disaster.
2. When you think rebuild, think redundancy and vulnerability. In New Jersey a sub station that is out of service has now inconvenienced approximately 45,000 riders. Critical Path Links with the World Trade Station from New Jersey have been broken. Executives are still pondering the solutions while they rebuild in the short term. At Columbia University, a Climate Commission , has been convened. Rodney Hamilton , of Columbia, reported their plans for rebuilding were due by the 1 st of the year.
3. What about the kids? The Child Mind Institute is concerned about kids having trauma. PTSD can occur for kids and adults alike. A link for a children ‘s coloring book , may be accessed by emailing me ( jsilver-150@ earthlink.net) for kids and parents to work on together. Further, It is recommended that Parents be calm. They are the role models, therefore, try to maintain a routine and if you have power, turn off the TV . Stop the 24/7 , images of disaster ; they are not helpful.
4. In NY many Jewish Communities are partnering with other Synagogues in effected areas answering the needs of the Community. This is meant to be an ongoing initiative, starting in November and continuing through the years, we want to physically help communities where aid is needed and become part of the dialog for change. My synagogue, The Stephan Wise Free Synagogue is collecting soup and cleaning products to be delivered to The Russian community in Coney Island and a Massapequa Community on Long Island. So many of us will be united through this super storm, it can only lead to positive change.