Emergency Evacuation and Public Works Responsibilities: Are You Ready?


In many cities and municipalities, the Public Works departments work hard to ensure that roads, sidewalks and public passageways are maintained and available for commuters. Their responsibility is to take care of government constructed areas used for recreation, employment, health and safety. They take care of problems like ill-fitting manhole covers, chipped and sinking sidewalks on public property, removal of fallen trees obstructing roadways, and repair of water and sewer problems that could cause health hazards. In the wake of a disaster, Public Works departments work extra hard to ensure that problems are prioritized and handled quickly. Sometimes, however, their response is not quick enough and accidents happen due to failure to respond or lack of access to certain areas. You may need to take your own precautions to ensure safety for you and your family.

It is always a good idea to have an emergency or crisis kit (or box) at your home. This “kit” should contain necessary items that are useful if you are forced to evacuate, if your power runs out, or if you sense impending danger of any kind. Items should be selective, and should support the health of you, your family and any animals you may need to take with you. A few items may be:

  • Medications for you, your children and pets
  • Reading and prescription glasses
  • Additional changes of clothing
  • Blankets and pillows
  • Baby food, diapers and other necessities for little ones
  • Credit card, checkbooks and cash
  • Flashlight, batteries and lighter

At times, it is difficult to predict when a disaster or emergency might occur. Other times, we are given fair warning with ample time to prepare. Despite our preparedness, however, emergency responders are generally still on the route working diligently to save life and rescue others. Their actions may not be timely, unfortunately.

If you or someone you know has been injured or killed due to lack or response time, failure to acknowledge, or inability to provide the means for your survival, you may be dealing with entities and issues that have governmental rules and regulations—no small task if you are seeking compensation for your injury or the death of someone. When you have a New York attorney on your side who is experienced in dealing with entities you can be assured that your case will be handled in the best way for you to achieve the compensation you deserve.

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