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A symposium featuring local experts on Superstorm Sandy and Preparedness

Stony Brook, NY, April 28, 2015 - This Thursday, April 30th, two expert panels will discuss the local impact of late October 2012's Superstorm Sandy as well as the region’s efforts to prepare for the next major storm. The discussion, held at Hofstra University's Cultural Center Theater, South Campus (Hempstead, Long Island, NY), will begin at 7 pm.

Hofstra professors Mary Anne Trasciatti (Rhetoric), Elisabeth Ploran (Psychology) and Christa Farmer (Geology) will outline on-going research about cultural and language barriers that may have hindered evacuation efforts in Long Beach, N.Y.

The study is funded through the Coastal Storms Awareness Program (CSAP), a $1.4M multi-year partnership between The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its Sea Grant programs in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. This is one of 10 social science projects supported by CSAP, a program intended to raise awareness of how severe weather is communicated to and within communities. Additional information on CSAP can be found at

Panelists for this discussion include Adam Sobel, professor, Columbia University, and author of Storm Surge: Hurricane Sandy, Our Changing Climate, and Extreme Weather of the Past and Future; Amy Simonson, United States Geological Survey, Coram, NY; Nelly A. Romero, program director, Long Beach Latino Civic Association; Anthony Eramo, member, Long Beach City Council; John McNally, co-chair, Long Beach Community Reconstruction Program, and associate director, regional action, The Energeia Partnership at Molloy College; and Erika Schaub, assistant director of public safety and emergency management officer, Hofstra University.

Directions: From Hempstead Turnpike (RT 24), turn onto California Avenue (the street directly opposite the university’s main entrance gate – there is a Dunkin Donuts near the corner). Once on California Avenue, make first right into a parking lot. This is the Weller Lot. Park here and walk into campus. Follow signs to the Unispan/Axinn Library. Once inside the Unispan walkway, the Cultural Center Theater is opposite the entrance to the Axinn Library.

More Info: New York Sea Grant

New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York, is one of 33 university-based programs under the National Sea Grant College Program (NSGCP) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The NSGCP engages this network of the nation’s top universities in conducting scientific research, education, training and extension projects designed to foster science-based decisions about the use and conservation of our aquatic resources. Through its statewide network of integrated services, NYSG has been promoting coastal vitality, environmental sustainability, and citizen awareness about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources since 1971.

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