The Next Big One: Locals and experts weigh in

Long Islanders voiced their opinions on how the Island should prepare to handle The Next Big One. Jody Fellcetti, of Lindenhurst, said he will not

Residents and experts discuss how the Island can prepare for the next storm.

Residents and experts discuss how the Island can prepare for the next storm. (1/31/13)

WOODBURY - Michael Balboni, who served as a state Senator and Secretary of New York's Homeland Security says we have been reactive when it comes to natural disasters, instead of proactive.

"The ability to prepare for The Next One every time gets put back on the shelf, and that's what we've seen time and time again," said Balboni.

He adds that we can no longer leave our South Shore vulnerable for The Next One, but says that some residents just don't care.

Oceanographer professor Malcolm Bonner says that that some sacrifices need to be made by South Shore residents.

"The burms on the South Shore beaches of Long Island have to build up, and maybe they need to be built up so people lose the view," he says. "But people have to decide if they want security or do they want the view.

One social media poster named Arthur said "Logic says if it happened once, it will again. Time to build inland and give up on the fantasy of living by the ocean."

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Talking to Long Islanders about how they feel 1 Long Islanders split over Trump's address to Congress
Police say some parents of children at the 2 Students found safe after Nesconset parents report missing school bus
Experts will follow up with a visit and 3 Merchant Marine Academy expected to release assault prevention report
According to police, Keith Bierman, of Syosset, first 4 Man accused of DWI, hitting Nassau fire department vehicle
Harriet Quimby was the first licensed female pilot, 5 LI Hidden Past: Harriet Quimby

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Will global warming trigger more superstorms? News 12's The Next Big One: Climate change

Long Island’s weather seems more severe recently. Many are asking the question, is it climate

Long Island residents share their Superstorm Sandy experiences. Surviving Sandy: Tell us YOUR story

We want to hear about your experience before, during and after Sandy. Tell us in

How prepared are we for the next superstorm? The Next Big One: Series Overview

No Power, fuel shortages, coastline erosion... What lessons have we learned from Hurricane Sandy and

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.