USACE storm surge maps helping to reduce risk during hurricane season
“Hurricane Sandy represented one of the largest scale evacuations declared in recent history in the United States,” said Edward Schneyer, Director of Emergency Preparedness, Suffolk County Office of Emergency Management.
“During Sandy we rescued 250 people from their flooded homes, evacuated two major hospitals and several adult homes,” said Schneyer.
He said he was able to do this effectively because his agency has storm surge maps created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District. Storm surge is when a significant amount of water is pushed from the sea onto the land caused by a hurricane.