What has been the hardest part about the recov-
ery effort thus far?
What is the biggest lesson you learned from
Sandy recovery efforts?
PARKER: There were some things unique about this
event. … From a federal executive standpoint, this
event — from having all the agencies work together to
also focusing on the event itself — went better than it
ever has. I think we are more optimally organized. I
think some things that are common to these types of
events are the pre-need relationships. Have you
reached out to these people before? Have you practiced
these things before? Do you even know who these people are that you are working with?
I would say 90 percent of the relationships that we
needed for this event were already known and well
practiced by our leaders at the various places — be it
in New York, New Jersey, Virginia or in Miami. The
federal, state and local governments were also better
prepared for this type of particular event, and there is
no replacement for ground truth where you can go out
and see the event for yourself. I think that helped
quicken some responses from these governments.
From us, I think it was a good response. ■
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