Audit finds NYCHA unprepared for major emergencies

Three years after Superstorm Sandy, there is concern that thousands of tenants on Coney Island could be at risk in future emergencies.

Three years after Superstorm Sandy, there is concern that thousands of tenants on Coney Island could be at risk in future emergencies. (12/15/15)

BROOKLYN - Three years after Superstorm Sandy, there is concern that thousands of Coney Island tenants could be at risk in future emergencies.

An audit conducted by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer says that NYCHA is not ready for the next major emergency, claiming that property managers don't have accurate emergency contact information for 80 percent of tenants who are blind or using wheelchairs or canes.

Stringer also says that there are plenty of generators but claims NYCHA doesn't know where they are, making it more difficult to respond to a power outage.

In response, NYCHA says that over the past 18 months, it has worked to "fundamentally change" the way it approaches emergency preparedness.

It says it has created a comprehensive emergency management plan that will focus on leadership.

The program will have teams of experts who will respond to different emergencies and communicate with tenants.

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