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USA: Hurricane Sandy 2012

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date: 15 November 2016
Source(s): Politico

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, several federally sponsored projects sought to usher in new modes of urban design that protected against sea-level rise and re-imagined neighborhood design. Now, the projects in New York and New Jersey, chosen through a national competition called Rebuild by Design, face challenges related to implementation, according to a new report.

date: 1 June 2016
Source(s): CityMetric

Six projects from the US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) “Rebuild by Design” competition are now underway. The goal of the competition was to bring together architects, engineers, ecologists and communities to find ways of making the heavily populated coastal region less vulnerable to flooding.

date: 3 February 2016
Source(s): Acclimatise

On 21 January 2016 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Rockefeller Foundation announced the winners of a US$ 1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition, reports Acclimatise. The money will fund resilient housing and infrastructure projects in communities that were affected by major disasters between 2011 and 2013. The competition was announced in the summer of 2014...

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date: 15 May 2015
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas (UNISDR AM)

The United Nations has unveiled a multimedia application that showcases the work done to help Santiago de Cuba to recover from the impact of Hurricane Sandy, which lashed the island’s second-largest province in October 2012...

date: 5 January 2015
Source(s): Princeton University

'To plan for future flood risks, Princeton climate scientists are using mathematical models of hurricanes to predict storm surge levels over the next century, taking into account the effects of sea level rise at different locations,' reports Molly Sharlach...

date: 22 July 2014
Source(s): New York Academy of Medicine, the (NYAM)

'We are calling for a paradigm shift towards a community preparedness model of disaster recovery from one of primary emphasis on individual preparedness. Resources are needed for enhancing communities’ social networks, connectedness, and integration of assets long before disaster strikes,' said Lindsay Goldman, report author and Project Manager at NYAM...

date: 10 June 2014
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - New York UNHQ Liaison Office (UNISDR NY)

'This is a very meaningful illustration of how good can come from tragedy. There is no doubt that this course will create advocates in many communities where these successful graduates will go on to live and work. Knowledge and education are vitally important to making this planet and its people more resilient to extreme weather events'...

date: 2 June 2014
Source(s): City of Hoboken, United States of America - gov

'This project will implement a water management strategy that will comprehensively protect all of our residents, businesses, and the critical assets we share like the PATH, transit stations, and hospital. One of the elements of the plan will use parks as flood protection, creating more open space for our residents to enjoy,' said Mayor Dawn Zimmer...

date: 21 May 2014
Source(s): Public Radio International (PRI)

We passed a flood-prevention ordinance that says, for future buildings, they have to be built with all of the utilities raised up — with the mechanicals for the elevators, for example, all raised up, so that those buildings in the future will be much more resilient...

date: 12 November 2013
Source(s): Germanwatch

'Our results are really a wake-up call to ramp up international climate policy and to better manage weather-related disasters', says Sönke Kreft of Germanwatch. 'The year 2015 represents a major milestone, which needs to deliver a new climate agreement, and the international disaster framework is also up for renewal'...

date: 11 November 2013
Source(s): Guardian, the

In December 2012, Jessica Scholl wrote: 'Hurricane Sandy and climate change: a wake-up call for collective, cross-sector adaptation efforts?' As the world rallies behind the government and people of the Philippines following another disaster, typhoon Haiyan, far more deadly than Sandy, perhaps it's time to answer Scholl's question once and for all...

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date: 1 November 2013
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - New York UNHQ Liaison Office (UNISDR NY)

'What is really encouraging to note about the reconstruction around Hurricane Sandy is that building back better for next time is at the centre of the public imagination,' said Elina Palm from the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction in New York...

date: 31 October 2013
Source(s): Yale University

' It is difficult to make hard decisions in the middle of disaster recovery. We need to develop these plans in advance, at a national level, and have them ready to implement after the next big storm,' writes Rob Young in his opinion piece on Yale University's Environment 360 website...

date: 29 October 2013
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

'Our weather patterns are in fact changing,' Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy told reporters on Monday. 'We're seeing more severe weather occurrences, closer together and we need to prepare for that. We need to do everything we can to help our citizenry prepare for that'...

date: 29 October 2013
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

'As we continue working to help families recover from Hurricane Sandy, we're also working to make New York climate-ready so we can protect our most vulnerable communities and strengthen our economic future for generations to come,' New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said...

date: 23 October 2013
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

This month sees the one year-anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, perhaps the largest Atlantic storm ever, writes Bas Jonkman, professor of hydraulic engineering at Delft University of Technology, Netherlands. The unfortunate truth is that existing flood protection in most countries is simply not fit for purpose. A final part of this new agenda must be better distribution of roles and responsibilities between governments and the private sector, especially given the innovation and large sums of money that will be needed...

date: 3 October 2013
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

The voluntary buyback program spearheaded by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo would replace storm-ravaged neighborhoods with open land that could bear the brunt of future storms, and most residents are accepting the state's offer to pay full, pre-storm price and moving on...

date: 1 October 2013
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

The true price of deadly storms, prolonged drought and other extreme weather that most scientists believe is climate change brought about by human actions is unknown. That knowledge could aid business and government leaders trying to respond to the changes...

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date: 5 September 2013
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

With both local and federal governments rushing to fund restoration projects, some argue spending money to restore and protect the refuge is a way to maintain wildlife habitat, create a natural barrier to storm surges and limit the damage from future extreme storms...

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date: 29 August 2013
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas (UNISDR AM)

Mr Beat Kleeb, an accessibility expert at the World Federation of the Deaf, said that the largest group of persons with disabilities are the hearing impaired and deaf persons but as the disability is invisible it is often the most overlooked...

date: 21 August 2013
Source(s): Cable News Network (CNN)


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date: 19 August 2013
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

A US task force on rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy listed dozens of recommendations to help protect communities from rising sea levels and storms. 'More than ever, it is critical that when we build for the future, we do so in a way that makes communities more resilient to emerging challenges such as rising sea levels, extreme heat and more frequent and intense storms,' the report said...

date: 15 August 2013
Source(s): Inter Press Service International Association (IPS)

'We know from a number of major disasters that disabled people are overlooked… twice as many disabled people died in the Fukushima disaster than non-disabled people,' Denis McClean, spokesperson for UNISDR. 'It’s quite clear that we need to pay more attention and talk to disabled people,' McClean added...

date: 7 August 2013
Source(s): Engineering News-Record (ENR)

Although building-vulnerability assessment tools and advice from insurers and architects are easily available, finding information on the implementation of resiliency methods is not that easy, according to Nadine M. Post's article published on the pages of Engineeiring News-Record...

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date: 29 July 2013
Source(s): New York Times, the

'Cuba has an enormous amount of deteriorated buildings that can’t withstand natural disasters,' said Ricardo Mena, Head of UNISDR's regional office in the Americas. He added that while a hospital, for example, might need rebuilding, 'that’s very costly and they don’t have the resources to do it'...

date: 29 July 2013
Source(s): Atlantic, Atlantic Media Company

'We're already spending billions on responding to storms and disasters made worse by climate change,' notes Matthias Ruth of Northeastern University; 'Sandy gave us a chance to think differently. Why don't we take that money and invest in infrastructure in ways to overcome the existing inefficiencies and improve quality of life?' he asks. 'And then as we do this, reduce the vulnerability'...

date: 11 June 2013
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

New York City could 'do nothing and expose ourselves to an increasing frequency of Sandy-like storms that do more and more damage,' New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. 'Or we can make the investments necessary to build a stronger, more resilient New York - investments that will pay for themselves many times over in the years go to come,' he added...

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date: 29 May 2013
Source(s): NJ.com

'Given the fact that climate change has the potential to wreak havoc in a number of different ways, i.e. more droughts, more severe storms, more frequent wildfires and rising sea level, we need to start doing more planning to adapt to these changes rather than just react,' stated Barry Chalofsky, former chief of the New Jersey Dpt of Environmental Protection’s storm water and ground water programs...

date: 15 April 2013
Source(s): Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility, the (CCRIF SPC)

On Friday April 12, 2013 the Government of Jamaica and the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility signed a Memorandum of Understanding, formalising a donation of US$100,000 made by CCRIF to the Government of Jamaica to support Jamaica’s post-disaster recovery and restoration initiatives following the effects of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012...

date: 28 March 2013
Source(s): Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

'Our impulse is to try to move quickly to put communities back together the way they were after devastation. But that impulse often leads to doubling down on high-risk investments, such as rebuilding in areas likely to experience severe impacts. To move toward long-term resiliency for coastal communities, we need to seize opportunities to apply new thinking, new standards and long-term solutions'...

date: 27 March 2013
Source(s): Swiss Reinsurance Company (Swiss Re)

'The severe weather-related events in the US provided a reminder of the value of insurance and the vital role it plays in helping individuals, communities and businesses to recover from the devastating effects of catastrophes. However, large parts of the globe that are prone to weather extremes were not able to rely on financial relief due to low insurance penetration'...

date: 7 March 2013
Source(s): Hudson Reporter Assoc. L.P

The City of Hoboken, New Jersey is organizing a 5K and Fun Run in support of a global UN initiative, the 'Making Cities Resilient' campaign, led by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. The event is aiming to raise public awareness about disaster risk reduction and to raise funds for the recovery of Sandy-affected cities...

date: 6 March 2013
Source(s): City of Hoboken, United States of America - gov

Now, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the City of Hoboken, New Jersey is hosting this event to raise public awareness about disaster risk reduction and to raise funds for the recovery of Sandy affected cities. Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, will be present for the event...

date: 26 February 2013
Source(s): New York Post, NYP Holdings, Inc. (NYP)

The new maps add thousands of buildings and many square miles of land thought to be unlikely to flood prior to Sandy and are intended to be used to rebuild and fortify flooded areas as well as to set premium rates for flood insurance and play a role in building codes and other regulations...

date: 20 February 2013
Source(s): Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media, the

Journalists and climate scientists at AAAS panel see ‘Superstorm Sandy’ as game-changer on public attitudes. Next step involves finding the right words, writes Jennifer Weeks, a writer specializing in environment and energy stories. 'Now the issue is to convey that support to decision makers...'

date: 11 February 2013
Source(s): American Rivers

Soon after Hurricane Sandy hit, devastating much of the Northeast, politicians and experts took to the press to urge the government to help communities rebuild 'better'. But what exactly does rebuilding 'better' mean?...

date: 6 February 2013
Source(s): Inside Climate News

'The fear is that we'll get a meter of sea level rise by the end of the century, potentially more,' said Philip Orton, a physical oceanographer at the Stevens Institute of Technology. 'People are rightfully concerned. The New York City area isn't ready for the storm surges of today, as we learned from Sandy, let alone what is possible in the future'...

date: 5 February 2013
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, which brought historic flooding to the greater New York area, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino called on city agencies, as well as landlords of low-lying properties, to assess what parts of city infrastructure, including its subway system, would be most at risk from flooding...

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date: 7 January 2013
Source(s): Yale University

'As part of the sorely-needed aid package to help victims of Hurricane Sandy, Congress is also considering spending billions on ill-advised and environmentally damaging beach and coastal rebuilding projects that ignore the looming threats of rising seas and intensifying storms,' according to Professor Rob Young of Yale University...

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date: 3 January 2013
Source(s): Münchener Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft (Munich Re)

Munich Re Board member Torsten Jeworrek: 'The heavy losses caused by weather-related natural catastrophes in the USA showed that greater loss-prevention efforts are needed. It would certainly be possible to protect conurbations like New York better from the effects of storm surges. Such action would make economic sense and insurers could also reflect the reduced exposure in their pricing'...

date: 20 December 2012
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

US Senate Republicans are planning to cut $13 billion from the proposed post Hurricane Sandy reconstruction aid that would have been spent on infrastructure improvements to prepare for future storms, such as making the New York City subway tunnels flood proof or constructing sand barriers to protect some shorelines from storm surges...

date: 19 December 2012
Source(s): Swiss Reinsurance Company (Swiss Re)

'Although insurance cannot bring back lost lives, many people and businesses can rely on financial relief from insurance cover. However, in large parts of the globe that are prone to severe weather events, people and businesses could increase risk-preparedness by eliminating underinsurance,' said Kurt Karl of Swiss Re...

date: 17 December 2012
Source(s): Le Monde

Avant Sandy, nous pensions que New York était menacée par un ouragan tous les cent ans. Le grand défi de la durabilité était théorique. Maintenant nous savons qu'une catastrophe peut se produire chaque année", explique Rick Bell, directeur du centre d'architecture...

date: 3 December 2012
Source(s): Star, the - Toronto Star

'The devastation wrought by superstorm Sandy is prompting renewed thinking about climate change and national security,' writes Lord Hunt of Delft University and former director-general of the UK Meteorological Office and Johnny Chan chair of the World Meteorological Organization’s Tropical Cyclone Panel...

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date: 29 November 2012
Source(s): Financial Times (FT)

'The next storm could hit next year or in 20 years. The real question for New Yorkers is, given that there will be another storm, what do they want it to look like? And if they don’t want it to look like Sandy, they are going to have to spend some money,' said hurricane expert Roger Pielke of the University of Colorado-Boulder...

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date: 22 November 2012
Source(s): Canberra Times, Fairfax Media, the

If Sandy should act as a wake-up call for the need to increase business commitments, there is also a need for a co-ordinated effort among every level of society, business and government, especially as negotiators from around the world will soon gather at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP18)...

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date: 22 November 2012
Source(s): Huffington Post Inc.

'The infrastructure of the nation is aging and it's at risk because, quite frankly, we're all not investing enough to take care of these facilities. And now we're facing extreme weather threats that cause us to need emergency response capabilities beyond what we've had in the past,' said Paula Hammond, head of the state's Department of Transportation...

date: 22 November 2012
Source(s): Guardian, the

The group of climate change advocates suggestions include new building codes, moving power lines below ground, wetland restoration, flood barriers, sea gates and the possible relocation of some coastal communities...

date: 21 November 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

Current estimates are that Hurricane Sandy may be the most expensive storm to have hit the United States since Hurricane Katrina with the final bill possibly reaching $50 billion. Last weekend, Margareta Wahlström, Chief of UNISDR, met with respective mayors, community members and emergency management teams in Hoboken, Jersey City and Union Beach, New Jersey and the borough of Staten Island in New York City...

date: 20 November 2012
Source(s): Public Library of Science (PLoS)

A new website, PLOS Currents: Disasters has been launched. On the site field-reports and brief incident reports from on-going disasters undergo an expedited review with a goal of acceptance in a matter of days...

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