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Best of 2013: Recovering from Hurricane Sandy

When Hurricane Sandy hit New York City on October 29, 2012, no one predicted the severity of its impact. By the time it was over, the storm had become an unprecedented catastrophic event. Recognizing the enormity of the storm’s devastation—and the physical, mental, and financial impact it had on survivors—NYSHealth responded by supporting recovery efforts in two key regions: Staten Island and Long Island.

Taking a long view, NYSHealth awarded a grant to the Staten Island Foundation to bolster its health-related recovery efforts and its ability to leverage funding opportunities for the Staten Island community, which helped to transform the organization into the go-to resource for Hurricane Sandy recovery activities on Staten Island. The Staten Island Foundation contributed to the policy recommendations of the federal Hurricane Sandy Task Force, and with NYSHealth’s $50,000 investment, leveraged a $1 million grant from the American Red Cross.

Many Staten Island residents still face physical displacement and psychological distress. When the storm came ashore on Staten Island, it caused catastrophic damage on the east and south shores, causing 23 fatalities—more than any other borough. NYSHealth awarded Staten Island Mental Health Society a grant to address the psychological needs of Staten Island residents.

NYSHealth also supported the Long Island Community Foundation in its efforts to respond to the emerging health-related needs of post-Sandy Long Island. NYSHealth funds were used to provide outpatient mental health services for survivors, with an emphasis on children and families; health and safety training, as well as legal representation, for low-wage workers engaged in rebuilding work; and efforts to document, track, and evaluate the physical and emotional health of elderly survivors.

Hurricane Sandy confirmed the vulnerability of New York’s waterfront communities and the need for resiliency planning for future severe weather occurrences. With funding from NYSHealth, the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance will pursue a Hurricane Sandy recovery agenda that emphasizes an environmentally responsible rebuilding strategy.


NYSHealth's Best of 2013

Health Care
Primary Care Veterans' Health Sandy Recovery
Diabetes Care Immigrants' Health Mental Health &
Substance Use

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