Shoring Up Our Future


Hurricane Sandy was our worst nightmare realized. This monster storm packed as much energy as two World War II era atomic bombs, causing massive destruction, the likes of which had not been seen since the Long Island Express of 1938, a now legendary Category III hurricane.

Trapped on an island jutting into the Atlantic Ocean, we were front and center when Sandy attacked with a vengeance. Thousands of homes were inundated with seawater and sewage. Hundreds were left uninhabitable.

Two and a half years later, we continue to rebuild our tattered shoreline.

In this series we will look in the coming months at the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery’s ongoing effort to reconstruct worst-case homes, businesses and communities that Sandy ravaged on Oct. 29, 2012 — and the myriad issues that residents and officials face as they piece together our shredded infrastructure. At the same time, we will look at state and local officials’ efforts to reinforce Long Island in the hope that we might be able to withstand nature’s fury better when the next monster storm hits. For more information, please see the list of links we have provided below.

—Scott Brinton, senior editor

Shoring Up Our Future - Part 1

FOR SALE: Sandy houses on the auction block

Elevation Deadline looms.

Shoring Up Our Future - Part 2

• FEMA to reopen 144,000 Sandy cases

Shoring Up Our Future - Part 3

• With monster storms in mind, L.I. rebuilds

Sandy Recovery Links and Information

• The Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery

• Federal Emergency Management Agency

• FEMA's Updated Flood Elevation Maps

• Rebuild by Design

• Interboro: Living with the Bay

• NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program

• NY Rising Small Business Recovery Center

• NY Rising Housing Recovery Program

• Federal Small Business Administration

• New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services' Hurricane Sandy Resources Page

• Federal Hurricane Preparedness Center

• Disaster Preparedness for Children

• Red Cross Hurricane Preparedness