Learn about a Safe, Sustainable Recovery

  • hurricanePage1Building Higher is relatively inexpensive, and can
    1. Help avoid the loss and misery that goes with being flooded
    2. Protect your property
    3. Save you tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in flood insurance.
  • NHC Quick Response Reports: The Natural Hazards Center hosts a collection of disaster quick response reports, including many about Superstorm Sandy.
  • Planning and Building Livable, Safe & Sustainable Communities: The Patchwork Quilt Approach
  • Steps to Building Back Smarter [pdf] [Webpage]: The Natural Hazard Mitigation Association recommends that affected residents and communities throughout the Northeast take steps now, while they have the opportunity to build back safer, smarter, and in a manner designed to reduce misery for future generations. We can and should rebuild in a way that will lessen damage from the next disaster.
  • Rebuilding Safer and Smarter, a new NHMA website describing the best way to rebuild and leave a community better prepared for the next disaster.
  • Recovery Advisories: 5 Recovery Advisories (RAs) specifically for areas affected by Hurricane Sandy produced by FEMA
  • The History of Building Elevation in New Orleans : FEMA (URS) produced this document to tell the story of the history of elevating buildings in New Orleans. This an important resource for Sandy-affected areas as well because it highlights that house elevation is 1) not new and 2) not a guaranteed “success”

Homeowners Information – Protecting and Rebuilding:

Capabilities Tool for Communities

The National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) is delivering a course on Coastal Flood Risk Reduction and as an element of this course has prepared a “Capabilities Tool” to help coastal stakeholders identify the best course of action available for their community.

Jim Schwab, manager of APA’s Hazard Planning Research Center, interviews Edward Thomas, President of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association, about the effects of Hurricane Sandy on the eastern coast of U.S.

Preparing for Hurricanes

Resources from the American Planning Association: 

Resources from the Association of State Flood Managers

Interactive Maps:
Visit the Interactive Maps Page

Resources from FEMA

High Winds:  
Visit DisasterSafety.org for high wind safety and planning information.

Image: DisasterSafety.org


Articles: Tropical Storm Harvey Damage Reports  and Recovery view the Harvey Page at NHMA

As of 1100 EDT, 30 August 2017, Tropical Storm Harvey is located approximately 30 miles northeast of Port Arthur, Texas. Maximum sustained wind speed is 45 miles per hour (mph) with higher gusts. Gradual weakening is forecasted as the center of the storm moves further inland.

Articles: Hurricane Sandy Damage and Recovery