Category Archives: Severe Weather

Video — Guilford, Connecticut: A Case Study in Building Resilience

Guilford Case Study Screen ShotThis new video case study from The Council of State Governments/Eastern Regional Conference documents efforts by officials in Guilford, Connecticut, together with The Nature Conservancy, to develop a Community Coastal Resilience Plan. The video includes interviews with a number of key participants, including: state officials who were part of the Connecticut Shoreline Preservation Task Force, which conducted hearings in communities across the state to assess their level of preparedness to deal with future extreme storms; local officials and homeowners in Guilford; and the director of science at The Nature Conservancy.

Click here to watch the video and access additional documents.

White House Task Force Uses Lessons from Sandy and Irene to Urge Changes in Federal Programs, Support for Resilience

Task Force Report CoverThe White House last week released a long-awaited report from the Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, the result of a yearlong effort to distill the collective experience of state, local and tribal governments dealing with extreme weather events into recommendations to enhance the help available from federal agencies.  Continue reading

A Year and a Half and Counting: The Status of the Post-Sandy Recovery in the NY/NJ Region

More than eighteen months after Superstorm Sandy devastated parts of the Eastern United States, many of the worst-hit towns and neighborhoods are still waiting to return to a semblance of normal life. The protracted recovery process underscores the power of the storm, especially along coastal New York and New Jersey. But its slow pace also raises a question: Why is the implementation of post-Sandy rebuilding plans taking so long? Continue reading

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Bloomberg Unveils $20 Billion Plan to Prepare New York City for Future Storms

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As New York City proceeds with the lengthy rebuilding process following Superstorm Sandy, the Administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg has released an ambitious report that calls for a series of measures to limit the impacts of climate change and help … Continue reading

Staying or Leaving: Challenges for Communities Subject to Repeated Natural Disasters

sandy-hits-new-jersey_croppedThe destructive forces unleashed by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012 have left a number of northeastern states with challenging decisions about how best to manage the risks of increasingly frequent and severe weather events.  One particularly complex issue involves policy approaches to sites that undergo repeated flooding.  Continue reading

College of Staten Island Hosts a “Serious Conversation” about the Borough’s Post-Sandy Future

Staten Island Zoning VariancesSuperstorm Sandy unleashed a powerful assault on Staten Island in late October. The island’s position in New York Harbor at the Narrows — where waters from the large Lower Bay funnel into the small Upper Bay — along with the storm’s westward shift at landfall focused Sandy’s energy on its southeastern shore. Communities such as New Dorp, Midland Beach and Oakwood Beach were battered by the storm surge, which also coincided with high tide. Continue reading

New York Assembly Hearing Explores Steps to Lessen the Environmental Impact of Severe Weather

Recognizing that Superstorm Sandy is “only the most recent example of extreme weather events,” the New York State Assembly’s Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation sought expert testimony about actions that might mitigate the factors contributing to a changing climate and the impacts caused by such alternations. Continue reading