For medical facilities, Horton suggested elevating critical components, like backup generators, and placing them on higher floors. "There's more we can do in terms of having redundant power systems," he said. "I think another lesson is to highlight and focus on vulnerable individuals, those with pre-existing health conditions."
Still, Occupy Sandy's Goldberg said the city should have done more to prepare, like establishing relief stations in vulnerable areas before the storm rather than trying to get there after roads were underwater and the tunnels were flooded. "It's hard not to put the blame on the city, because there is no way they did not see it coming," he said. "From what I understand, there were warnings from the storm for the weeks leading up to it. It may not be an exact science, but it's a science."
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