Northeastern University

To support the rapid and sustained recovery of the metro New York City area and bolster resilience after Superstorm Sandy

  • Amount $575,000
  • City Boston, MA
  • Investigator Stephen Flynn
  • Year 2013
  • Program New York City Program
  • Sub-program

Funds from this grant support efforts by a team led by Stephen Flynn, Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University to hold a series of four workshops to help guide the rapid and sustained recovery of the metro New York City region in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.  The four workshops will bring together emergency managers, urban planners, and academic experts from coastal cities and the New York region to facilitate the exchange of findings and recommendations on how best to incorporate resilience into the current regional restoration efforts and future planning.  The first three workshops will focus on three sectors where Sandy caused considerable disruption in the metro New York area—transportation, energy, and health services.  Each workshop will aim to identify recommendations for what should be in place to mitigate future risk, what can be done to speed up recovery of these sectors, and to identify crosscutting issues amongst them.  The fourth workshop will take place at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and will involve representatives from the insurance, reinsurance, and banking industries.  The goal of this workshop will be to identify meaningful incentives that can be devised for advancing measures that can bolster resilience.  In addition to the workshops, Flynn and his team will engage in a number of outreach activities to publicize their findings, including the publication of several reports, meetings with relevant stakeholders, and a series of high profile op-eds and media appearances.

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