By Eden Laikin
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today joined County Executive Bellone and to open the annual LI-NYC Emergency Management Conference 2013, and give opening remarks to an audience of security and emergency response experts.
The conference, held this year at the Uniondale Marriott, is the premier national platform to learn from and participate with the industry’s leaders.
Also speaking at the event was Joseph Bruno – NYC Commissioner of OEM, James Sherry – Deputy Commissioner, NYS Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services; John Bruckner – President, LI National Grid and Nick Lizanich – Vice President of Transmission & Distribution Operations, LIPA
The theme of this year’s two-day conference was “Assessing the Past – Paving the Road to Recovery.”
The audience consisted of approximately 600 experts, sponsors, exhibitors and attendees from all over the country reviewing each others company’s products and services, and learning about the latest trends and techniques in the emergency management field.
Attendees were given a rare look at the lessons learned within our region as a direct result of Hurricane Sandy along with the response following an active shooter, and the latest on what is being done to prepare for and respond to acts of terror.
“Together, we will utilize past experiences to improve our planning efforts and build a stronger, more resilient foundation for our community,” Mangano told the crowd. “While we all hope to never face an active shooter situation, Nassau County is leading the nation in preparing public and private school administrators should one ever occur. The safety of our children – our most precious resource – is of paramount concern and working with the Nassau County Police Department we will continue to advance preventative measures that enhance education and preparedness.”
Recent seminars given to all 56 public school districts, private and parochial schools, libraries, colleges and universities in Nassau County, advised officials of the police response that would occur should an incident take place.
Mangano said that since Hurricane Sandy struck Long Island, his administration has been on “an emergency footing” – helping residents respond to one of the most destructive storms in decades.
“We have seen acts of incredible generosity, brotherhood and courage,” Mangano said. “We have seen entire communities come together in ways that will be woven into our heritage of a proud and unbroken Nassau County.”
But, he added, Nassau County, in conjunction with FEMA and other agencies are still hard at work addressing the immediate needs of our county residents.
“We are also continuing our relief and recovery efforts and I am working closely with local, state and federal officials to ensure the lives of our residents are restored to normal as quickly and efficiently as we can,” Mangano said, thanking all of Nassau County’s first responders and Nassau County’s Office of Emergency Management led by Commissioner Craig Craft for the “hard work and dedication that you have put into recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. “
“I witnessed, first-hand, the damage that was done to homes, businesses and property,” Mangano said. “Without the help of Nassau’s first responders we would have seen far more devastation and loss of life.”