Resiliency Speakers Series: Resident Engagement Strategies for Emergency Planning
Recorded live on September 24, 2013
Hurricane Sandy knocked out electrical and gas power to hundreds of thousands of multifamily buildings, leaving residents without heat, hot water, potable water, and access to transportation. When disasters do occur, community level action is essential to effective natural disaster preparation and response. However, the process of empowering residents to be prepared for disaster must take place before, during, and after such catastrophic events occur. Effective community engagement is particularly important because citizens are in many cases the first responders and have the greatest chance to save lives and provide support in the hours and days immediately after disaster occurrences. Certainly, an effective community response can diminish some of the suffering and loss that occurs during and after the recent disasters. Disaster resilient communities don’t just happen. They are communities that work together and know each other on a daily basis, so that when a crisis or issue arises, they have the relationships in place to work together. This recording is part of a series of presentations exploring the long-term recovery challenges for multifamily affordable housing infrastructure in New York City and the surrounding region in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The series explores technical issues and highlight best practice case studies of recovery and response.