What Have We Learned from Hurricane Sandy? Discuss at NYC Special Initiative for Rebuilding & Resiliency Meeting

by Heather Van De Mark on

Hurricane Sandy may be behind us, but that’s not to say NYC has bounced completely back yet. Sandy’s damages are estimated to be upwards of $50 billion–including destroyed homes, lost business, infrastructure damages and disruptions, downed trees and ruined facilities in parks–and let’s not forget the ultimate price, the more than a hundred deaths caused directly and indirectly from the storm’s impact in the United States (source, source.) Governor Andrew Cuomo asked for $42 billion in Sandy relief, and equally as important, $9 billion of that amount will be used to prepare the city for the next inevitable super storm (source.)

That’s why tomorrow’s meeting of the NYC Special Initiative for Rebuilding & Resiliency (SIRR) is so important. SIRR addresses how we rebuild New York City to be more resilient in the wake of Hurricane Sandy but with a long-term focus. Williamsburg, Greenpoint, DUMBO, Long Island City and surrounding communities are asked to come together to learn more about SIRR’s mission, voice their concerns about emergency planning and clean-up, and to ensure that all measures are done fairly, not benefitting or hurting one neighborhood over another. As we were some of the worst hit neighborhoods, we have a lot at stake, and our engagement with SIRR will help ensure a favorable outcome during future devastating circumstances. [Note: A meeting for Red Hook, Gowanus and Sunset Park neighborhoods was held on March 7, 2013.]

Meeting Details:
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Begins at 7:00pm
PS 132 at 320 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn 11211

RSVP by email: RSVPWaterFrontMarch14@nycsirr.org and include the full name and email (if available) of each guest. Or RSVP by phone: (212) 618-5745 and leave the name of each guest and say “for March 14 Waterfront.”

The meeting will begin with a brief introduction of SIRR and then have break-out sessions to discuss priorities for rebuilding Northern Brooklyn and Long Island City to be more resilient in the face of future storms and long-term climate change.

NYC Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency

Heather Van De Mark

Heather Van De Mark

Heather is a designer/writer specializing in non-profit organizations and social causes. Originally from central NY, Heather settled into the charming Greenpoint neighborhood in 2011. While most of her community activism takes place from behind a computer screen, Heather can often be found at CB1 meetings, the McCarren Park track and any of the parks along the waterfront.

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