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Superstorm Sandy Forum:
A Serious Conversation about the Future of Staten Island

Caitlyn Nichols, PhD;  NEIWPCC Interstate Environmental Commission District and
Center for Environmental Science

Michael Kress, PhD;  College of Staten Island

Dealing with the devastation from Sandy's storm surge, which has resulted in billions of dollars in property losses, flood-related damages, and 43 fatalities (23 on Staten Island), has presented countless challenges to Staten Islanders.  The objective of this Resource Kit is to provide background information to Staten Islanders, which they may not typically come across in their everyday life's experience or profession. Thereby, the goal of this effort was to compile an inventory of  informative resources we believe to be helpful for analyzing future storm surge risk, and developing plans for mitigating future damage and loss of life. See more >>

This includes materials that draw on many inter-related areas of expertise, including sustainable land use planning, community prosperity, social growth and  economic development.  The ultimate goal was to initiate the aquistion of such materials and informative links to make them readily available and centrally accessible for public use.  Thereby, the information collected here within is limited, beginning with published reports and websites from City, State and Federal agencies, institutes, organizations and news articles, in order for us to begin the conversation. 

We encourage Forum participants to read into areas of their interest before March 8th, to enable them to engage in a serious, well-informed conversation regarding recovery from Superstorm Sandy, and the future of Staten Island.

Much of the materials collected here are readily available on the Internet.  We bring links to the source materials together here to facilitate locating the information.   The Resource Kit is organized based on the Forum program to assist the Forum participants in preparing for the Forum.  The following outlines the organization: 

  • Geology and the History of Storm Surge on Staten Island;
  • Sustainable Land Use in Flood Prone Areas of Staten Island;
  • The Human Impact of Natural Disasters - A Social Science View;
  • Financial Impact and the Role of Government in Sandy Recovery;
  • Five Points to Protect Staten Island from Future Storm Surges.

The Resource Kit is a work in progress, we will revise it as key resources are identified; and indeed, many of the source documents are changing daily, as updated information becomes available.   Any suggestions regarding applicable information to incorporate can be sent via email to: caitlyn.nichols@csi.cuny.edu.  Our fundamental objective is to provide accurate and useful  information; we do not make any claims to the authenticity, accuracy or value of the information on the websites referenced.

Many thanks to Joyce Taylor and her team from the Office of Information Technology for developing the Resource Kit web distribution system.


Resource Kit

Downloadable Resource Kit in PDF Format

Superstorm Sandy Introduction & President Fritz' Five Points to Protect Staten Island from Future Storm Surges

CSI and Sandy

Five Points to Protect Staten Island from Future Storm Surges

Staten Island Damage Assessment

Staten Island Recovery

  • Timeline
    Timeline of regional transportation recovery in aftermath of Sandy; CSI's Afrona Kaziu

Geology and History of Storm Surges

Coastal Storm Surge 

Storm Surges and Hazards

Sustainable Land Use in Flood Prone Areas

Sustainable Design & Protecting New York as an Ecosystem

  • Montalto Post-Sandy GI Testimony
    Testimony provided on January 16, 2013 by Dr. Franco Montalto, PE to the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation at a Public Hearing on the Environmental Causes and Effects of Extreme Weather Events, "Protecting New York as an Ecosystem"

Sustainable Communities

  • Sustainable Communities
    The Partnership for Sustainable Communities, a collaboration of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency, organized in June 2009. To date, the Partnership has invested nearly $4 billion in over 700 communities for projects that integrate affordable housing, transportation, clean water and environmental protection.  Green infrastructure is emerging in some cases as the centerpiece of redevelopment strategies.

Grey to Green Infrastructure

Coastal Flood Hazards 

Storm Surges and Barriers

Rebuilding Staten Island

  • Housing Designs
    Rebuilding Staten Island: Alternative Housing Designs poster by CSI's Afrona Kaziu

The Human Impact of Natural Disasters

Disaster Survivor Assistance

Financial Impact and the Role of Government in Sandy Recovery

Role of Government in Sandy Recovery and Planning for Resiliency

FEMA Process Declaration of Disaster

Senate Bipartisan Task force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery

Federal Sandy Budget

  • Federal Mitigation Budget
    Transmittal letter from the Deputy Director for Management of the Office of Budget and Management to Congress regarding additional Federal resources necessary to fund response, recovery, and mitigation efforts. Contains materials requesting the funds necessary to finance a needed recovery effort and to help the region prepare for future challenges, including future severe storms and coastal flooding, as well as impacts associated with a changing climate. In total, the Administration requests $60.4 billion in Federal resources for response, recovery and mitigation related to Hurricane Sandy damage in all affected States, This includes efforts to repair damage to homes and public infrastructure and to help affected communities prepare for future storms. Attached is a detailed appendix outlining the specific needs, funding accounts, provisions, and principles that comprise the Administration's request for assistance.
  • Federal Supplemental Funding Mitigation
    In addition to the funds necessary for recovery and repair of damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, the Administration estimates an additional $12,970 million is necessary for mitigation projects to reduce the risk of damage from future disasters. This resource provides a table that breaks down federal mitigation funds for projects by respective agency, which is followed by account-level details in the full document.

Governor's Funding Task Force & Recovery Plan

  • Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Website
    Goals of Sandy Funding Taskforce: identify the areas most in need of recovery assistance; review and improve rebuilding and storm planning policies

Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address: NY Rising

Rebuild NY

  • New York Rising: Rebuild NY
    Series of proposals outlined by Governor Cuomo for the State of New York to fortify and upgrade the systems that can paralyze us when they fail during an emergency.

Additional Resources

NY Rising

Safety & Cleanup

  • EPA Hurricane Sandy Response and Recovery
    The US Environmental Protection Agency is checking areas affected by Hurricane Sandy for potential contamination, and offers safety and cleanup information for parents, homeowners, communities and local governments, and builders

Disaster Preparedness 

  • NOAA All Hazard Monitor
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Ready.gov
    FEMA Ready Campaign: includes general tips on how to prepare for any emergency, instructions on how to develop a hurricane disaster plan and secure your home before a storm
  • Ready New York
    New York City Office of Emergency Management Ready New York Campaign: Hurricanes and New York City includes general tips on how to prepare for any emergency, instructions on how to develop a hurricane disaster plan and secure your home before a storm, and a map of New York City hurricane evacuation zones.

FEMA Flood Hazard Mapping

FEMA National Flood Insurance Program

Floodplain Management

Tri-State Resources: Regional Environmental Impacts & Post-Sandy Recovery

  • Interstate Environmental Commission
    Informational links for stakeholders regarding Sandy recovery at WWTPs, water quality issues, advisories, and monitoring efforts, which collectively took place in the tri-State area (NY, NJ, CT) following Sandy.

New Jersey Resources

New York Resources 

Other Coastal Resources 

Sponsors & Partners

SIBOR RealtorsSI Foundation

NeiwpccResearch Foundation CUNYRENCIStaten island Museum

Staten Island AdvanceStaten Island University HospitalFreshkills Park Alliance