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Vulnerable Populations Impacted by Hurricane Sandy

Assessing and Strengthening Post-Storm Resilience in NYC Public Housing

Applicant Institution:  Columbia University

Researchers from Columbia University partnered with community groups to conduct focus groups with residents living in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) buildings to learn how people responded to Hurricane Sandy, whether they made efforts to identify and help other residents at risk, how they responded to requests to evacuate, and to assess social cohesion within the building.

They found that social cohesion and resilience during the storm was good, but that emergency preparedness by residents was poor both then and now. The primary helpers during the storm were neighbors in the building, but there was substantial support from local community groups. The findings from this study were used to develop and pilot test training tools that The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and NYCHA can use to better prepare residents to respond to disasters.

This project was funded by the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.


Modeling the Interplay of Individual and Community Resilience for Recovery from Hurricane Sandy

Applicant Institution: University of Maryland

Representing a distinctive, but fading subculture, Maryland watermen are challenged by geographic isolation from major population centers, environmental pollution, increased regulatory activity, and marketplace competition with imported fish. Researchers from the University of Maryland and the University of Arizona investigated the connection between the psychological states of watermen and their social networks as they made their way through storm recovery.

The team found that watermen who self-reported higher levels of resilience and who had friends living outside the region that they could turn to for help had better outcomes after Hurricane Sandy. Using these results, the team developed strategies to help watermen and their communities recover from Hurricane Sandy and other disasters.

This project was funded by the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.


Challenges to Opioid Treatment Programs after Hurricane Sandy

Applicant Institution: National Development and Research Institutes, Inc.

This study is ongoing. The project will identify knowledge gaps that affected Opioid Treatment Program preparedness and response to Hurricane Sandy, and develop a set of priorities for future disaster planning.

This project was funded by the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.

  • This page last reviewed: March 10, 2016