2012-09-14 / Letters

Absurdity

Dear Editor,

Your advice would have more credibility if simple tests didn’t demonstrate its absurdity. You have posted emergency evacuation routes from Rockaway that everyone in Rockaway knows will be flooded in a likely emergency, such as a hurricane.

In addition, while many people in Rockaway have cars, a great many people do not. And in the case of Hurricane Irene, mass transit stopped operating long before the storm hit. Finally, you demanded evacuation of people from areas far above sea level (much of Bayswater is 10 feet-15 feet above sea level) to areas more likely to flood, such as Aqueduct Race Track (with little shelter or facilities). Of course, there is no evidence of coordination between the NYPD’s 101 Precinct and the Nassau County PD’s 4 Precinct, which would certainly be necessary if there were to truly be a mass evacuation of the Rockaways.

Even worse, you have no plans or ability to deal with such simple problems as a failure of a 3-foot water main supplying the area (that is outside of the city limits).

Yes, emergency preparedness is important. But the plans must be real.

EUGENE FALIK

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