An after action report that does not mince words..
The National Center for Security and Preparedness are in the midst of compiling an After Action Report on Sandy and New State OEM's response...words are not minced:
"NOTE:Blue-bolded and italicizedtexts contain information
intended only for the Commissioner of the New York State Division of Homeland Security
and Emergency Services.
"OEM is extremely understaffed. By comparison, Iowa's emergency
management agency, serving a state with the same area as New York but only a
sixth the population, is as large as OEM. The profound demands on an
overtaxed staff during its many activations, as well as under performance by a
vocal and unmotivated minority have severely degraded morale and
compromised effectiveness. Designating emergency management staff as
nonessential personnel to facilitate early retirement and a subsequent failure
to fill empty positions has further eroded OEM’s capabilities. "" One of the biggest revelations was the New York State OEM's staff has been reduced by 50% since 2011, from 125 to approximate 65 post-Sandy. The report blasts Staff management, morale, outdated technology, strategy and response planning, etc...The report is clear, concise, and highlights vulnerabilities that will / have impacted recovery and New York State's ability to respond to future events.