Superstorm Sandy News

Is Climate Change Now Its Own Industry?

Interest in climate change is becoming an increasingly powerful economic driver, so much so that some see it as an industry in itself whose growth is driven in large part by policymaking. The $1.5 trillion global “climate change industry” grew …

Study: Ongoing Recovery Efforts Take Mental Health Toll on Sandy Survivors

A new study says the lingering effects of Superstorm Sandy — in the form of unfinished repairs, disputed claims, and recurrent mold — are associated with increased odds of Sandy-impacted residents experiencing mental health distress, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and …

N.J. Files Eminent Domain Actions Against Beachfront Property Owners

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration has begun legal proceedings to obtain land from beachfront property owners so the state can build dunes to protect against storms. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection said on July 16 it filed …

Amtrak Settles With Primary Insurers in Sandy Lawsuit

Amtrak recently reached a settlement with its primary insurers in a lawsuit in which the railroad operator sought to recoup additional proceeds for Superstorm Sandy losses from its insurers, according to court documents. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed …

Can Lower-Income Households Afford to Live at the Jersey Shore Anymore?

It was a Superstorm Sandy double-whammy. About 15,600 rental units in New Jersey sustained severe damage during the hurricane, forcing thousands of renters out of their homes. These newly homeless tenants quickly learned that they were priced out of the …

FEMA Sets Sept. 15 Deadline for Requesting Sandy Flood Claims Review

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that Sept. 15 would be the last day for National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders who filed Superstorm Sandy flood claims to sign up for the review process. “While extensions may be granted …

N.J. Sen. Menendez Warns of Predatory Groups Targeting Sandy Victims

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) is urging Sandy victims to be wary of scam-artists offering to help them navigate through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) claims review process in exchange for a substantial cut …

FEMA: Nearly 1,000 Sandy Claimants Signed Up for Claims Review So Far

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) last week sent out its first round of letters to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders who filed Superstorm Sandy-related claims, offering them a chance to have their claims reviewed — and FEMA …

N.J. Gov. Christie Marks 300th Home Acquired Under Post-Sandy Program

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday more than 300 homes have now been acquired by the state under a post-Superstorm Sandy buyout program, as he blasted other homeowners for refusing to give the state the right to build protective …

Jersey Shore Still Recovering as 3rd Post-Sandy Summer Nears

In the months after Superstorm Sandy devastated the Jersey shore, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie warned residents the damage would not be quickly undone. Things would only look moderately better in the first summer after the storm, he said, and …