Building a Stronger Coast

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services

Overview: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services is the agency dedicated to protecting oceanic ecosystems.

How to Use This Resource: This website features state fact sheets, an infographic on coastal resilience, restoration and repair videos, and an interactive story map of Hurricane Sandy recovery projects, with detailed profiles of each and a database of media resources that is searchable by state.

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Adapting to Climate Change in Coastal Parks

U.S. National Parks Service

Overview: The National Park Service is a branch of the United States Department of the Interior and is responsible for the upkeep and protection of national parks.

How to Use This Resource: Journalists will find a comprehensive report on how rising sea levels threaten national parks and what action is underway to address this threat.

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Flood Insurance

The Center for NYC Neighborhoods

Overview: The Center for NYC Neighborhoods is a nonprofit dedicated to preventing foreclosure, rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy, and promoting affordable homeownership.

How to Use This Resource: This toolkit for New York City residents provides up-to-date information on flood insurance and risk assessment in the five boroughs. It includes an interactive map and a full report on flood insurance.

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Hurricane Sandy Rebuild By Design Competition

Rebuild by Design

Overview: In response to Hurricane Sandy, U.S. HUD Secretary Donovan launched Rebuild by Design, a design competition model to develop innovative, actionable solutions for a more resilient region in the Northeast.

How to Use This Resource: Each of the projects profiled here found new ways to use design as a means to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy. This work is at the vanguard of urban resiliency action.

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Hurricane Sandy Recovery Progress Report

New York City Office of the Mayor

Overview: This report provides updates on the progress of the  Office of the Mayor’s Housing Recovery Operations and the Build it Back Program in the three years since Hurricane Sandy first hit New York City. 

How to Use This Resource: The city intends to provide financial relief and expedite recovery for homeowners and better engage local communities directly in the rebuilding process.  This report provides a detailed analysis of those efforts, as well as the Build it Back Program, which offers financial assistance to homeowners who were hit by the Hurricane Sandy.

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Impacts and Adaptations Research Hub

Climate Access

Overview: Climate Access is a network for those engaging the public in the transformation to low-carbon, resilient communities.

How To Use This Research: This archive holds extensive reports on adaptation efforts across the globe and is searchable by region and by climate change impacts.

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New York State Hurricane Sandy Response Programs

The Governor's Office of Storm Recovery

Overview: The Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery was formed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to centralize recovery and rebuilding efforts in areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

How to Use This Resource: This site details the New York State programs dedicated to housing recovery, small business, and community reconstruction.

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North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study Report

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Overview: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers investigates, develops and maintains the nation  environmental resources.

How to Use This Resource: This report and interactive map details the results of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study of coastal storm and flood risk to vulnerable populations, property, ecosystems, and infrastructure affected by Hurricane Sandy in the North Atlantic region.

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Renewable Energy: Cutting Pollution, Creating Opportunity

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Overview: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is the agency responsible for the conservation of natural resources and enforcing the state’s environmental laws and regulations.

How to Use This Resource: Journalist will find information on energy policy in New York State – who provides it, how it is distributed, and what percentage is renewable. There is also information on state plans to to upgrade distribution infrastructure and increase reliance on clean energy.  

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Superstorm Sandy News, Articles, and Research

City Limits

Overview: City Limits is a nonprofit news source for investigative journalism on the inner workings of New York City.

How to Use This Resource: Hurricane Sandy plays a key role in the continuing conversation on climate adaptation. This archive of the storm’s news coverage is a valuable resource for journalists to track its impact on the local level in New York City.

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The Big One: The East Coast’s USD 100 Billion Hurricane Event 

Swiss Reinsurance Company

Overview: Swiss Reinsurance Company is a reinsurance company based in Zurich.

How to Use This Resource: In 1821, a powerful hurricane decimated the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast United States. If it were to strike today, it would potentially cost more than $100 billion in property losses. This report examines what data exists from that storm to predict the impact of future mega-storms.

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Bloomberg’s Hidden Legacy: Climate Change and the Future of New York City

Inside Climate News

Overview: Inside Climate News is a Pulitzer prize-winning, nonprofit news organization that covers clean energy, carbon energy, nuclear energy and environmental science.

How to Use This Resource:  Mayor Bloomberg’s initiatives to fortify New York City after Hurricane Sandy have since become a model for urban adaptation across the globe. This book details those initiatives.

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Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding: Strategy Stronger Communities, A Resilient Region

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force

Overview: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Hurricane Sandy  is a federal agency that oversees disaster relief funding and investment in resilient infrastructure.

How to Use This Resource: This report has extensive data on Hurricane Sandy’s impact on Connecticut, Maryland,  New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and the Shinnecock Indian Nation. It also clearly outlines the strategies federal government has taken and will take to repair and strengthen the coastline’s infrastructure.

The Resilient Social Network

Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute

Overview: The Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute is a federally funded research and development center that produces independent analysis on  homeland security.

How to Use This Resource: Within hours of Sandy’s landfall in New Jersey, Occupy Wall Street members had created a social media network of humanitarian volunteers that would eventually grow to 60,000 members. This report studies how such grassroots activism might be utilized by the government when the next disaster strikes.

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