Storm Preparedness News

GOP Fundraiser: N.J. Gov. Christie’s Sand Dune Plan Is ‘Stupid’

Plenty of oceanfront homeowners at the Jersey shore are unhappy with GOP Gov. Chris Christie’s plan to widen beaches and build protective sand dunes along the state’s entire 127-mile coastline. Among them is Lawrence Bathgate, one of the Republican Party’s …

Blue-Collar Workers Priced Out as Rich Snap Up Jersey Shore Homes

When Hurricane Sandy roared through New Jersey two years ago, it not only tore up the shoreline. It also pushed out much of the middle class. From Ocean City to Toms River, one-story cottages and bungalows damaged by the worst …

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: Be Prepared for Peak Hurricane Season

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is urging New Yorkers to prepare for peak hurricane season. Hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean begins June 1 but New York City is most vulnerable from August to October. De Blasio handed …

Maine Residents Urged to Prepare for Severe Summer Weather

Maine officials are encouraging residents to protect their homes against severe summer weather. Maine Gov. Paul LePage and Bureau of Insurance Superintendent Eric Cioppa say that the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season means that residents should be ready for …

New York City Officials Launch Hurricane Awareness Campaign

New York City officials are launching a hurricane awareness campaign to help residents prepare for the upcoming storm season. “Know Your Zone” is being billed as a “one-stop-shop” for hurricane preparedness. New Yorkers can log onto the city’s website (http://nyc.gov/knowyourzone) …