Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

Search of Air Algerie crash site continues

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Sarkozy, Hollande and the scooter wars

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Confusion online over Air Algérie flight

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - July 25th, 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - July 25th, 2014

Read more

REPORTERS

Halal tourism on the rise

Read more

ENCORE!

Tunisia's Carthage International Festival turns 50

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

WWI Centenary: the battle for Verdun

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

When big companies want to do good

Read more

  • Hamas opens fire on Israel despite offer to extend humanitarian truce

    Read more

  • Photos: Youths clash with police at banned Gaza protest in Paris

    Read more

  • Bodies of all Air Algérie crash victims to be brought to France

    Read more

  • Germany's Tony Martin wins 20th stage of Tour de France

    Read more

  • Kidnapped Briton freed after five months' detention in Yemen

    Read more

  • US evacuates embassy in Libya amid militia clashes

    Read more

  • Kerry in Paris for new round of Gaza ceasefire talks

    Read more

  • Nibali rides serenely toward a place in Tour history

    Read more

  • Video: 'Lack of security' at MH17 crash site, FRANCE 24 reports

    Read more

  • In pictures: Devastation, debris at Air Algérie crash site

    Read more

  • Washington Post reporter and his wife arrested in Iran

    Read more

  • French families grieve for Algerian plane crash victims

    Read more

  • Lithuania’s Navardauskas wins 19th stage of Tour de France

    Read more

  • LA Times wipes France off the map in air crash infographic

    Read more

  • Fans electrify the mood as Tour de France crosses the Pyrenees

    Read more

  • French lawyer files complaint against Israel at ICC

    Read more

  • Protest against Gaza offensive turns deadly in West Bank

    Read more

Americas

'New Jersey and New York will long remember Sandy'

Text by Jon FROSCH , Julien PEYRON

Latest update : 2012-10-31

After Sandy violently tore through the US Northeast Monday evening, authorities and citizens have been left assessing the damage. Bryan Koon, director of Florida’s Division of Emergency Management, says the superstorm will carry high costs.

Superstorm Sandy made landfall in the state of New Jersey on Monday, bringing destructive weather to large parts of this heavily-populated northeastern region of the United States. While similar storms have hit the region in the past, local residents are largely ill-equipped to deal with them.

France 24 spoke to Bryan Koon, the director of Florida’s Division of Emergency Management under Republican Governor Rick Scott, about the emergency response to Sandy, as well as the potential consequences the storm will have on the country's political landscape.

France 24: Out of any place in the United States, Florida is most accustomed to this kind of emergency weather situation. Are you in contact with the rescue team on the field in the Northeast?

Bryan Koon: All the divisions work together and collaborate, and we are mobilised to help our friends in the Northeast. We’ve sent folks up North to help them: medical experts, shelter experts, etc. From the news we have, rescue teams are doing a great job – especially given the fact that they’re not used to hurricanes, and certainly not hurricanes this strong. It’s very unusual for them. Also, the infrastructure in the Northeast is less solid than in Florida and in Louisiana. Their roads, their electric installations are less resistant than the ones in Miami and New Orleans. You can bet on the fact that New Jersey and New York are going to remember Sandy a long time.

F24: Is it accurate to call this 'the Katrina of the Northeast', as some have said?

BK: No, it’s not a Katrina-type storm. In terms of its force and loss of lives, Sandy has nothing to do with Katrina. But given the fact that these are very populated areas, the cost of Sandy is going to be steep.

F24: What impact do you think Sandy is going to have on voting?

BK: I don’t think election day will be postponed. I have faith in the rescue teams. Before the 2004 presidential election, hurricanes slammed Florida, but we worked very hard and managed to have the election on time. I’m sure the Northeast will do the same.

F24: Challenger Mitt Romney and the Republican Party are in favour of smaller government. Does this kind of catastrophe bolster the Democrats’ argument that government services should be preserved?

BK: The federal government can’t do everything on its own. We need the private sector, volunteers, and regular citizens to help also. The federal government’s response has been appropriate. America might seem divided lately, with the election coming up. But this kind of disaster can bring the country together and usually brings out the best in people.

 

Date created : 2012-10-31

  • USA

    Will Sandy change the game for Obama and Romney?

    Read more

  • USA

    Sandy brings yet another blackout to US power grid

    Read more

COMMENT(S)