USA: Hurricane Sandy 2012


In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy made landfall in Cuba and swept through the East Coast of the United States, causing critical destruction.

This report extends the focus of the UNISDR-PwC initiative, looking specifically at the long-term opportunity for public-private sector collaboration in building or rebuilding risk-resilient infrastructure. It describes why building disaster-resilient infrastructure is critical for a region’s competitiveness, both nationally and globally. It also illustrates how the private sector can offer innovative solutions to help communities build or rebuild disaster-resilient infrastructure.
PricewaterhouseCoopers - Switzerland
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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...
Thomson Reuters Foundation,
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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...
Thomson Reuters Foundation,
This document presents the policy recommendations of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force for helping the rebuilding of the region affected by the 2011 super-storm.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

This report examines four different issue areas to analyze how social media is used in the context of risk and crisis communication, using hurricane Sandy as an example. These areas include: public safety and preparedness; emergency warnings, alerts and

ETH Zurich Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich
'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...
Inter Press Service International Association

The primary goals of this report are to place the weather and climate events of the year into accurate historical perspective, and to provide information on the state, trends, and variability of the climate system’s many variables and phenomena.


American Meteorological Society
'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'...
Atlantic, Atlantic Media Company
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'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'...
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