Even though our region does not get struck by hurricanes very often, we have had our share. Hurricane Sandy alone damaged and destroyed nearly 100,000 homes on Long Island.
After Hurricane Andrew struck south Florida in 1992, all building contractors were mandated by that state to upgrade their building codes so that any new structures would be able to withstand extremely high hurricane force winds.
I strongly feel that New York, New Jersey and Connecticut should enact similar building construction mandates as well. With the intensity of hurricanes continuing to increase, elected officials in all three states must enact this very important legislation.
Are we really prepared to deal with the effects of strong category 2 or weak category 3 hurricane in this region? While there have been some infrastructure improvements since hurricane Sandy, we still have a very long way to go to protect ourselves from such violent storms.
The time to enact stricter building codes is now.