In the months that have passed since Sandy made landfall in the New York-New Jersey area last October, rebuilding efforts have been taking place but there is still much to be done to bring residents, fire departments, and municipalities anywhere near the "normalcy" they had known before Sandy.
Participants in this report share their "top three" lessons learned and reinforced from Hurricane Sandy.
As Hurricane Sandy barreled up the Atlantic coastline, New Jersey fire departments, including the Leonia Fire Department (LFD), began prepping for the storm.
Late in the evening of October 28, 2012, Hurricane Sandy struck the coast of New Jersey with a ferocity the likes of which had never been seen before and, I hope, will never be seen again.
Throughout its history, the "Jersey Shore" has endured many of the northeastern United States' worst floods, tropical storms, nor'easters, snowstorms, and other natural disasters.
The media had been warning the entire east Coast about Hurricane Sandy with such hype that, when the storm finally struck, everyone thought they were ready
After the "near miss" of Hurricane Irene in the late summer of 2011, New Jersey first responders took a harder look at dealing with disasters of such magnitude.
An urban search and rescue task force (US&R TF) rarely deploys within the community where its members normally serve.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)/Department of Homeland Security played a lead federal role in the immediate emergency response to Hurricane Sandy, providing urban search and rescue (US&R) and humanitarian support to state and local governments and the people most acutely affected by this disaster.