State emergency office advances stockpile effort

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Coming to a location near you: A politically unsexy but potentially vital state storage center from which emergency equipment could be quickly mobilized — hopefully in time for the next Long Island disaster.

The state’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services reports that it is developing, in partnership with the bi-state Port Authority, a so-called Disaster Logistics Center near Kennedy Airport in Queens that would serve Nassau, Suffolk and New York City.

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“The site will include the capability to airlift equipment and supplies to storm-damaged locations,” said division spokesman Peter Cutler. The basic idea is to stockpile such items as generators, pumps, potable water devices and rescue vehicles.“We are also finalizing our site selection for a mid-Island location,” Cutler added. “Both sites are expected to be built out within the next several weeks.”

Three state stockpiling centers now exist, in the North Country, Central New York, and Western New York. Another is planned for the Hudson Valley.

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