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If the name Andrea doesn’t mean anything to you it may mean something soon, especially for those of us residing along the East or Gulf Coasts of the United States. It’s the first name to appear on the Weather Service’s 2013 Atlantic Hurricane season list, and I, for one, hope it will not be as memorable a season as last year.

As a victim still in recovery from Superstorm Sandy I have a keen interest in discussions about risk mitigation and recovery—especially in New York City. So when attending Friday’s “Kicking Off Hurricane Preparedness Season 2013” symposium, I had a little more than a journalist’s interest in what New York officials had to say about the recovery. I don’t feel I learned a lot new. I live here and have done my best to keep tabs on the city’s plans and progress.

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