Hurricane Joaquin spares Northeast. The Village of Mastic Beach is thankful, yet wary. 

OCTOBER 9, 2015, VILLAGE OF MASTIC BEACH, N.Y.: The Village of Mastic Beach was extremely fortunate this week as Hurricane Joaquin passed by the small waterfront community. Mayor Maura Spery stated, “Looking at the devastating photos coming out of South Carolina, each of us in our waterfront community has been thankful and counted our blessings.” 

“It was just three (3) years ago on October 29th when Sandy ripped through our community and left disaster in her wake. Homes were underwater, heat and electric were out for weeks,” said Mayor Spery. She added, “Nearly all departments in our Village have undergone FEMA National Incident Management System (NIMS) training for emergency management.” 

NIMS is a comprehensive, national approach to incident management that is applicable at all jurisdictional levels and across functional disciplines. It is intended to be applicable across a full spectrum of potential incidents, hazards, and impacts, regardless of size, location or complexity. It improves coordination and cooperation between public and private entities in a variety of incident-management activities and provides a common standard for overall incident management.

The Village Office of Emergency-Management Team consists of the Fire Marshals, Public Safety, Clerk’s Office, Department of Public Works, Finance and the Mayor’s Office. Mayor Spery added, “Carlo Grover, our Village Fire Marshal, has been invaluable putting together the training, preparing the staff, and creating an emergency-command center. Our command center will be able to communicate with the other levels of government and emergency servicesfor the residents.”

Not only is there emergency-management training for Village staff but New York State is also offering emergency training for residents through the Citizens’ Preparedness Corps (CPC). A two-hour training session is available for residents at the Mastics, Moriches, Shirley, Community Library on October 22, 2015, from 7:00–9:00 p.m. Each family participating at the library will receive a free Citizen Preparedness Corps Response Starter Kit. By taking the course in person or online at, residents receive the resources to prepare for any disaster, respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions. The Village recommends a representative from each household register for this event. 

“We can’t mess with Mother Nature, but we can be prepared,” said Mayor Maura Spery.