New York City has come up with a multi-million dollar stash should a major catastrophe strike the city.
The stockpile has been created in a bid to ensure that there are enough supplies for people in case they have to be evacuated from their homes in times of emergency.
The 50,000 square foot emergency stockpile contains a massive array of supplies that include thousands of pre-packaged food of kosher, halal and gluten-free varieties. The news was reported by CBS News, who got an access into a stash.
“This is only a portion of it. This is only about 55 percent of our actual complete stockpile,” New York City Office of Emergency Management assistant commissioner for logistics Jonathan Jenkins said.
Some of the other items that are included in the stockpile are toothpaste, soap, shampoo, face masks, diabetes strips, duct tape, flip flops and diapers.
The stockpile – with the supplies hidden in a central New Jersey industrial park – was formed by the Office of Emergency Management following the ineffective response to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. The massive number of supplies, organized and bar coded, will be able to take care of as many as 70,000 people over a period of a week.
“There are over-the-counter medications, there’s Pedialyte, there’s baby formula, dog food. Pets are New Yorkers too, and so we have supplies for dogs, cats. We even have stuff for birds and rodents,” Jenkins said. “We have stuff for kids, stuff for pets, and kind of everything else in between.”
A proposed cut in the federal grant paying for the stockpile had threatened its future a few weeks ago. However, lawmakers in New York announced a few days ago that the funding had been restored.