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FEMA Officials Tour SI Hospitals To Assess Sandy Damage

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Federal Emergency Management Agency representatives toured Staten Island's hospitals Friday to assess the damage from Hurricane Sandy.

Representatives walked through Richmond University Medical Center and Staten Island University Hospital's north site.

The visit was not just to check damage. They also gave advice on how to prepare for future disasters.

Each hospital faced different problems during the hurricane. The roads leading to SIUH were flooded, while RUMC experienced an overflow of patients.

Hospital officials said that Staten Island's isolation makes keeping hospitals open during storms a priority.

"We have to make sure that we protect our hospitals for the future," said Anthony Ferreri, president of Staten Island University Hospital. "We have to make certain that when those bridges close in times of catastrophe, we have the ability to continue to provide services."

"The tour today gives me an appreciation for what we are trying to do for response to Sandy, but also what we have to do as a whole community, what we need to do in mitigation for future disasters," said FEMA Coordinating Officer William Nunn.

The tour was arranged by Sen. Charles Schumer and Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro.

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