It’s Been One Year Since Sandy. Are We Prepared for the Next Big Storm?

As communities in New York, New Jersey and along the U.S. Northeast coast mark the one-year anniversary of the devastating Superstorm Sandy, many people are working to make their communities more resilient to the storms of the future.

Some communities are working to incorporatelessons from Hurricane Sandy into their community planning for rebuilding and disaster preparedness.

As government agencies like the Army Corps of Engineers study how Sandy reshaped coastlines, and how different kinds of infrastructure performed in the historic storm, organizations like The Nature Conservancy are offering tools for communities to evaluate their risk to future storms and floods.

For example, the Coastal Resilience tool, with recently updated features, is available to help communities evaluate their risk, and to identify marshes, dunes, oyster reefs and other natural infrastructure that could be combined with traditional sea walls, levees and concrete structures, to become part of an integrated system of coastal defenses. One app, The Risk Explorer, combines information on coastal habitats and exposure with socio-economic data to identify solutions where habitat management may most reduce risks along U.S. coasts.

Even young people are getting involved. Watch the video above to learn how youth volunteers in The Nature Conservancy’s LEAF program are pitching in and learning how nature can help protect us, if we help to keep it healthy and resilient.

Photo by: Flickr user US Fish & Wildlife Northeast, Greg Thompson: Seaside New Jersey roller coaster after Sandy. Used under a Creative Commons license.

Learning How Nature Can Help Protect Us

The Nature Conservancy




Judy Apelis
Judy A2 years ago

Many thanks!

Georgina McAllister
.3 years ago


Kamia T.
Kamia T3 years ago

No, of course not. Not just because we tend to have short memories of dangerous or traumatic things, but because the climate and sea levels are changing to much more quickly than anyone thought possible that it becomes nearly impossible to plan successfully. And how do you plan for being wiped out completely, other than to leave permanently? As we saw in New Orleans, very few people are willing to do that until forced to do so.

krysta I.
Past Member 3 years ago

Good video (shared), thanks. Petitions signed and shared.

Danuta Watola
Danuta W3 years ago

thanks for the info!

Janis K.
Janis K3 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Andrew Pawley
Past Member 3 years ago

I doubt it but have my fingers crossed the next storm isn't even bigger.

Anne F.
Anne F3 years ago

Need to move villagers off sand bars (barrier islands: Alaska, North Carolina, Bangladesh); must rebuild roads, bridges, and tracks above high tides and storm surges. Yes, this means government funding.

Denial woolen
Frank R3 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Natasha Salgado
natasha s3 years ago

Don't think so...I hope to be wrong. Thanks