Founder Sandy Rosenthal and Sally Regenhard of New York City are both ordinary citizens with no special training who shouldered the responsibility of calling for independent investigations of two internationally watched disasters that occurred five years apart.
The New Orleans Lens has published founder Sandy Rosenthal’s opinion editorial about bipartisan legislation that addresses this issue. Here’s the first two paragraphs of piece:
On Oct. 9, U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) announced the introduction of The Disaster Learning and Life Saving Act of 2020. This bipartisan legislation would create a new, permanent and independent board to study the underlying causes of disaster-related fatalities and property damage nationwide.The National Disaster Safety Board (NDSB) would make recommendations to all levels of government on how to improve the resiliency of communities across the country.
I was so excited about the proposed legislation that I called Sen. Cassidy’s office the following Monday morning and offered to assist with the bill’s passage. After past disasters, ordinary citizens have had to spend enormous chunks of their lives calling for greater independence and transparency in disaster investigations….
For the rest of founder Rosenthal’s opinion piece about this important bipartisan legislation, click here to see the entire piece in The Lens.