SOURCE: Long Island Contractors' Association

Long Island Contractors' Association

August 26, 2009 11:21 ET

Region's Heavy Construction Equipment to Be Under Coordinated Emergency Response in the Event of Hurricanes

HAUPPAUGE, NY--(Marketwire - August 26, 2009) - Payloaders, bulldozers and other heavy equipment under the ownership of members of the Long Island Contractors' Association (LICA) will be under the coordinated control of Nassau and Suffolk Offices of Emergency Preparedness in the event of a hurricane in a joint agreement to be announced at a news conference on Thursday, August 27th at 11:30 a.m. at 110 Sand Company, 136 Spagnoli Road, Melville, attended by Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, Nassau County emergency response teams and LICA executives.

The coordinated strategy builds on past practices to lease the heavy equipment to government in the event of a hurricane, nor'easter or other disaster. Marc Herbst, executive director of LICA, will state, "Hurricanes ignore municipal jurisdictions. How, when and who gets these types of construction equipment to clear paths, gain access for emergency vehicles and utility repair crews must be coordinated among those who have access to the 'big picture' in the event of a major storm. Coordinating the allocation of these limited but powerful assets, will ensure that we can recover faster from major damage."

The announcement will be made surrounded by LICA's heavy construction equipment and past tree and limb debris removed from prior storms.

LICA represents the interests of over a hundred of Long Island's premier heavy construction general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and industry supporters. Focused primarily in the transportation infrastructure construction industry, such as highways, bridges, sewers and other public works, LICA's member companies play a significant role in the economic vitality of Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Jane Rubinstein
    212 843-8287

    Long Island Contractors' Association
    150 Motor Parkway, Suite 307
    Hauppauge, New York 11788
    www.licanys.org