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2 Years After Sandy: Sea Bright, N.J., Prepares for Next Big Storm

Sea Bright, New Jersey, is a great example of how difficult it is to truly prepare a Jersey shore community for the next big storm. The low-lying community on a narrow strip of sand between the ocean and the Shrewsbury …

Human Factor, Culture Often Overlooked in Climate Debate, Expert Says

When Hurricane Sandy came, Deborah Star Reed stayed home. Irene, the year before, had been over- hyped. Her 1919 concrete house in New York was left unscathed by Donna in 1960 and the “Big One” of 1938. So, on Oct. …

After Sandy: Poll Finds ‘Social Resilience’ Key to Coping With Disasters

Neighbor helping neighbor. Trust in a community. Looking out for each other. An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey suggests that those factors — collectively termed “social resilience” — have a big impact on how prepared communities feel …

2 Years After Superstorm Sandy: Are We Ready for Next Big Storm?

After Superstorm Sandy, officials in New York and New Jersey vowed to make sure the unprecedented destruction wouldn’t happen again. Two years later, would it? There are some concrete signs of tougher protections, from a nearly-finished sea wall protecting two …

Report on Infrastructure Upgrades Since Superstorm Sandy

Two years after Superstorm Sandy, would New York and New Jersey be better protected and prepared if such a storm struck again? A sampling of work on some key issues: • Flood Protection New York City: Many projects on the …

NYC Mayor: Sandy Home-Repair Program Working Better After Overhaul

A program to help New York City homeowners with Superstorm Sandy home-repair efforts has made progress following an overhaul, and is aiming to count up to 1,000 construction starts and 1,500 reimbursement checks by the end of the year, New …

New Jersey OKs Storm Buyouts in East Brunswick

New Jersey has purchased the first of seven flood-damaged homes in East Brunswick under a Superstorm Sandy program. The home on Squire Street was purchased for $193,073, based on pre-Sandy market values from an independent appraisal. Because the neighborhood is …

FEMA Wants at Least $5.8M in Superstorm Sandy Aid Repaid

After Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast nearly two years ago, the federal government quickly sent out $1.4 billion in emergency disaster aid to the hurricane’s victims. Now, thousands of people might have to pay back their share. The Federal …

NYC Mayor Announces $108M for Storm-Hit Brooklyn Housing Project

Almost two years after Superstorm Sandy struck, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Sept. 5 that a storm-damaged Brooklyn housing project will get $108 million in federal relief, and said he expects Sandy funds to flow to …

New York City Exceeds Post-Sandy Housing Recovery Goal

New York City says it has exceeded its post-Sandy housing recovery goal, reimbursing 500 homeowners and starting construction on 500 homes by Labor Day. The director of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Office of Housing Recovery tells the Wall Street Journal …