Al McClaran Featured in Municipal Publication

September 20, 2013

Al McClaran, Chief Operating Officer of Southern Disaster Recovery was featured in the September issue of Connecticut Town & City Magazine. In the article, Al spoke of the challenges municipalities face “looking into the crystal ball” each season ahead of a storm and the questions that arise when confronted with allocating manpower and equipment when disaster strikes.

Atlantic Hurricane Season Reaches Halfway Point

September 3, 2013
A satellite image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 showing little disturbance.

A satellite image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 showing little disturbance.

By Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News

Meteorologists predicted an above-normal hurricane season in the Atlantic, but Monday marked the halfway point of the season and not one hurricane has brewed yet.

In May, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted a “very active” hurricane season and said they expected between seven and 11 hurricanes. In August, the NOAA lowered the numbers to between six and nine possible hurricanes, but anticipated that three to five of those could become major hurricanes — storms in which winds are above 111 mph.

When the NOAA released its second report, the lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, Gerry Bell, Ph.D., said, “Our confidence for an above-normal season is still high because the predicted atmospheric and oceanic conditions that are favorable for storm development have materialized.”

However, Monday was the midpoint of the season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, and the Atlantic has yet to see a hurricane. Is it safe for those on the East Coast to drink their bottled water and eat their canned goods, regardless of predictions?

Dennis Feltgen, a NOAA meteorologist based in Florida, said, “it’s still forecast to be an active season and it still can be.”

Records tracking hurricanes date back to 1851 and since then, “there have been 20 other years where the first hurricane of the season has formed on or after Sept. 3,” Feltgen said.

The last time August passed without a hurricane was in 2002, when the first one formed Sept. 11, he said.

Feltgen said that regardless of the rarity of making it to Labor Day without a hurricane, “to write off the season would be a huge mistake,” because “we just entered the peak of the season.”

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State of Connecticut Disaster Recovery Website Launched

July 30, 2013
GOV. MALLOY ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF DISASTER RECOVERY WEBSITE Will Serve as a Collaborative Portal for Residents, Businesses and Municipalities
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the State of Connecticut has launched a new website – – that will serve as a permanent, one-stop portal for residents, businesses and municipalities to gain information about services available in the aftermath of natural disasters and other emergencies, such as available federal and state grants.
“In the past couple of years, we’ve been in the unfortunate path of a number of storms and we’ve seen the devastation Mother Nature can cause.  We’ve been grateful to have recovery resources available among federal, state and local officials, and this new website will help ensure that all residents know the options that are out there,” Governor Malloy said.  “I’ve asked all of the involved state agencies to collaborate on this website so that this information can be placed in one convenient location and can be found easily whenever it is needed.”
The website, which currently is hosting information on resources available to rebuild from Storm Sandy, will become a permanent fixture on the state’s official website and will be updated with new information as necessary.  Among the grants the state has received to date for Storm Sandy relief includes $72 million to help residents and businesses recover from the storm, which Governor Malloy announced.
As plans have been approved by the federal government, state agencies are working closely to deploy the resources necessary to develop the programs, applications and an aggressive outreach strategy in order to make these funds available to all residents, businesses, and municipalities still in need of relief from Storm Sandy as quickly as possible.  This site will be the home for all funding and grant applications as soon as the funding can be distributed.
“When disaster strikes, it impacts all aspects of our lives – our roads, our businesses, our farms, our schools and our homes,” Governor Malloy added.  “Streamlining the process for providing assistance will help us get our residents’ lives back to normal as quickly as possible.”
 For Immediate Release: July 29, 2013


July 15, 2013

Southern Disaster Recovery has joined the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities as a Municipal Business Associate Member. The team at SDR is very excited about working with municipal leaders and administrators to help make Connecticut a safer place to live and work.


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