Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy: Stronger Communities, A Resilient Region   [open pdf - 5MB]

This document was published by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which chaired the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force ("Task Force"). The Task Force was comprised of cabinet members, the Army Corps of Engineers, and other White House offices. Advisory members to the Task Force included governors and administrators of the affected states: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland. from the Executive Summary: "On October 29, 2012 multiple weather systems -- including Hurricane Sandy -- collided over the most densely populated region in the nation, with devastating and tragic results. At least 159 people in the United States were killed as either a direct or indirect result of Sandy. More than 650,000 homes were damaged or destroyed and hundreds of thousands of businesses were damaged or forced to close at least temporarily. [...] This Rebuilding Strategy establishes guidelines for the investment of the Federal funds made available for recovery and sets the region on the path to being built back smarter and stronger with several outcomes in mind: [1] Aligning this funding with local rebuilding visions. [2] Cutting red tape and getting assistance to families, businesses, and communities efficiently and effectively, with maximum accountability. [3] Coordinating the efforts of the Federal, State, and local governments and ensuring a regionwide approach to rebuilding. [4] Ensuring the region is rebuilt in a way that makes it more resilient -- that is, better able to withstand future storms and other risks posed by a changing climate."

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