Touro Law Receives $20k from the Long Island Community Foundation For Study on Disaster Relief and Recovery

Date: March 26, 2014
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Central Islip, NY - Touro Law Center Dean Patricia Salkin is pleased to announce that the Long Island Community Foundation has awarded a grant in the amount of $20,000 to Touro Law Center to fund the research and development of a white paper designed for policymakers, lawmakers, regulators, nonprofits and others engaged in disaster relief and recovery.

Dean Salkin stated, “We are grateful to the Long Island Community Foundation for this grant. It will enable the Law Center to continue our substantial disaster relief efforts in a manner that will have a tremendous impact on disaster relief and recovery programs for years to come.”

Touro Law Center has been a leader in Superstorm Sandy relief and recovery throughout Long Island, helping over 1,500 vulnerable households, giving presentations to hundreds more, and seeking systemic reforms to benefit the region as a whole. Disaster recovery is essential to helping thousands of homeowners rebuild their homes and lives, and to rebuilding communities and promoting resiliency for future storms.

The report will focus on the systemic problems with the delivery and administration of disaster relief and recovery programs. It will address the steps that can be taken to more efficiently and equitably provide disaster relief to vulnerable populations, including seniors, and working families who were barely making ends meet before the storm. In particular, it will address flood insurance programs, among other components, examining lessons to prepare for future disasters and benefit future victims. The report will have local, regional and national value.

Touro Law students will be conducting research and writing, supervised by Professor Sarah Adams-Schoen, Director of the Land Use and Sustainable Law Institute, working in conjunction with Professor Benjamin Rajotte, Director of the Disaster Relief Clinic at Touro Law.

“This project is vital to the long-term response to disasters on Long Island and throughout the country,” said Professor Adams-Schoen. “I am proud to be a part of this project and look forward to working with students on fact gathering, research and writing.”