It is no secret that the construction, modernization, and maintenance of our infrastructure—highways, bridges, subways, rail beds, water systems, telecommunications networks, and electric grid—has not kept pace with our needs. Hurricane Sandy has proven this! But why aren't we investing in prevent disasters?
Budget cuts have put improvement projects, like helping keep New York's bridges in top-notch condition, on hold. According to the most recent American Society of Civil Engineers’ “Report Card for American Infrastructure,” some 42 percent of New York’s bridges were “structurally deficient or functionally obsolete” even before Sandy!
Political failures don't come in the way of recovery these days, but in the form of preparedness. To keep the public safe, we have to learn to invest in infrastructure and continued scenario education.
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