Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee Chair Annette Quijano released the following statement Tuesday, marking the one-year anniversary since Superstorm Sandy made landfall on New Jersey:
“One year ago today, Superstorm Sandy made landfall and forever changed the state of New Jersey. Sandy inflicted billions of dollars worth of damage, causing widespread power outages and destruction, and displacing thousands of people from their homes.
“Police, fire, and emergency medical personnel served selflessly and courageously in the immediate aftermath of the storm. The residents of New Jersey demonstrated resiliency and resolve in the aftermath of Sandy, helping their neighbors in need and vowing to rebuild.
“Today, thousands of New Jersey residents still remain displaced from their homes and many are still waiting for state and federal grants and money from insurance companies. Although we have made significant progress in our recovery efforts, there is still much work to be done.
“If anything, Sandy is a reminder that our preparedness efforts should never take a break. As chair of the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee, I’m committed to helping train and prepare residents for any kind of emergency through continued workshops and presentations like we have done in the past. It is better to plan when the sun is shining than when the water is rising,” said Quijano (D-Union).