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Focus Questions: Part I


Topic: The Impact of Hurricane Sandy

1. How has Hurricane Sandy affected your community and/or communities on Long Island?
2. What we can do to help those who were affected by Hurricane Sandy?
3. What is the current and future impact of Hurricane Sandy on the relationship between housing and health?
4.(a) How was our environment affected by the Hurricane?
4.(b) In particular, how was Long Island water quality impacted by the hurricane?
5. How were Long Island economy and businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy?
6.(a) How well are your community and/or other communities on Long Island recovering from the Hurricane?
6.(b) Who are the people and the organizations that are helping people affected by the Hurricane?
7. What can local, county, New York State, and Federal governments do to help people who were affected by the Hurricane?
8. What can we do to better prepare for hurricanes in the future: how might our future infrastructure and communities change to avoid significant damage from natural disasters?

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E-Links for Focus Questions

1. How has Hurricane Sandy affected your community and/or communities on Long Island?

EPH (Environmental Health Perspectives):
http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/121-a152/

Long Island.com:
http://www.longisland.com/news/01-08-13/hurricane-sandy-destroyed-95000-buildings-on-long-island.html

Newsday:
http://www.longislandassociation.org/assets/downloads/Newsday-aftersuperstormsandylierslooktothefutuer.pdf

The Town of Hempstead:
http://www.townofhempstead.org/news/894-murray-to-mariners-beware-of-sandy-sea-debris-town-county-and-splash-steer-boaters-to-safe-start-of-season-on-waterways

The Huffington Post:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/08/hurricane-sandy-long-island-storm-95000-buildings-nassau-suffolk-counties_n_2429495.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christina-galante/in-sandy-ravaged-long-island_b_3392562.html?utm_hp_ref=new-york&ir=New%20York

Long Island Press:
http://archive.longislandpress.com/2012/10/30/sandy-wreaks-historic-damage-on-long-island/


2. What can we do to help those who were affected by Hurricane Sandy?

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency):
http://www.fema.gov/hurricane-sandy-donate-and-volunteer

Corporation for National & Community Service:
http://www.nationalservice.gov/focus-areas/disaster-services/hurricane-sandy

Senator Kristen Gillibrand:
http://www.kirstengillibrand.com/news/hurricanesandy

Hope for New York:
http://hfny.org/hurricane/

United Way of Long Island:
http://www.unitedwayli.org/news/united-way-long-island-and-operation-rebuild-recovery-partners-coordinate-caregiver

New York Cares:
http://newyorkcares.org/volunteer/volunteer_opportunities/search_projects/projcodesearch.php?projcode=hurricane+sandy&location=&neighborhood=&dow=&x=0&y=0&pass=1&page=1

Island Harvest – A Food Bank for Long Island
http://www.islandharvest.org/page.phpx?id=3&name=howtohelp

Habitat for Humanity:
http://www.habitat.org/eurasia/stories_multimedia/dr_hurricane_sandy

NYC Service:
http://www.nycservice.org/pages/pages/8


3. What is the current and future impact of Hurricane Sandy on the relationship between housing and health?

Dr. Alison Block:
http://dralisonblock.com/mental-health-of-families-displaced-by-hurricane-sandy/

MHA NYC (Mental Health Association of New York City):
http://www.mhaofnyc.org/education/coping-after-hurricane-sandy/coping.phpx

The New York Times:
http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/10/the-emotional-aftermath-of-hurricane-sandy/
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/02/nyregion/response-to-post-hurricane-sandy-mold-is-questioned.html?pagewanted=all

The Denver Post Nation World:
http://www.denverpost.com/nationworld/ci_22201424/hurricane-sandy-victims-struggle-emotional-mental-trauma

NPR (National Public Radio):
http://www.npr.org/2013/04/29/179762889/fema-subsidized-housing-to-end-for-some-sandy-victims

Gallup Wellbeing:
http://www.gallup.com/poll/159704/depression-increases-areas-superstorm-sandy-hit-hardest.phpx

The Huffington Post:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/19/hurricane-sandy-jobs-unemployment_n_2159082.html


4. (a) How was our environment affected by the Hurricane?

United States Geological Survey:
http://www.usgs.gov/blogs/features/usgs_top_story/shifting-sands-sandys-lessons-in-coastal-geology/

National Park Service:
http://www.nps.gov/fiis/naturescience/post-hurricane-sandy-breaches.htm

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation:
http://www.nfwf.org/hurricanesandy1/Hurricane-Sandy-Shorebird.pdf

American Littoral Society:
http://www.littoralsociety.org/images/PDFS/Policy/alssandyassessmentreport.pdf

Environmental Protection Agencies Official Blog:
http://blog.epa.gov/greeningtheapple/2013/02/10790/

The Brooklyn Bureau:
http://www.bkbureau.org/2013/05/08/report-sees-widespread-mold-after-sandy/


4. (b) In particular, how was Long Island water quality impacted by the hurricane?

USGS (United States Geological Survey):
http://water.usgs.gov/owq/floods/2012/sandy/

Storm Water:
http://www.stormh2o.com/SW/Articles/After_Hurricane_Sandy_21074.phpx?page=1

The New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/30/nyregion/sewage-flows-after-hurricane-sandy-exposing-flaws-in-system.html?pagewanted=all

Climate Central:
http://www.climatecentral.org/pdfs/Sewage.pdf


5. How were the economy and businesses on Long Island affected by Hurricane Sandy?

Long Island Press:
http://archive.longislandpress.com/2012/11/29/after-sandy-some-long-island-businesses-bust-some-boom/

Long Island Report:
http://longislandreport.org/features/long-beach-coffee-shop-supports-residents-after-sandy/17892

Entrepreneur Media, Inc.:
http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/226520

The Huffington Post:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/05/hurricane-sandy-construction-hiring_n_2075701.html

The New York Times:
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/20/nearly-30000-jobs-lost-due-to-sandy/

The Economist Populist:
http://www.economicpopulist.org/content/adp-employment-report-shows-118000-private-sector-jobs-gained-november-2012

The New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/28/nyregion/unemployment-deepens-the-loss-from-hurricane-sandy.html?_r=1&


6. (a) How well are your community and/or other communities on Long Island recovering from the Hurricane?

The Southhampton Patch:
http://southampton.patch.com/groups/congressman-tim-bishops-blog/p/six-months-after-sandy-rebuilding-a-stronger-long-island

Long Island Press:
http://archive.longislandpress.com/2012/11/29/after-sandy-some-long-island-businesses-bust-some-boom/

The Huffington Post:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/05/long-beach-medical-center_n_3390445.html

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency):
http://www.fema.gov/news-release/2013/04/25/after-6-months-ny-communities-make-progress-recovery-sandy

The Official Website of New York City:
http://www.nyc.gov/html/fund/html/home/hurricane_sandy_relief.phpl


6. (b) Who are the people and the organizations that are helping people affected by the Hurricane?

Island Harvest – A Food Bank for Long Island:
http://www.islandharvest.org/page.phpx?name=pressreleases&newsid=167
http://www.islandharvest.org/page.phpx?name=pressreleases&newsid=191

The Huffington Post:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/28/red-cross-sandy-aid_n_3345372.html

The Robin Hood Foundation:
http://www.robinhood.org/news/robin-hood-reactivates-relief-fund-and-will-disburse-3-million-tuesday

AARP (American Association of Retired Persons):
http://www.aarp.org/aarp-foundation/our-work/info-2012/Super-Storm-Sandy-2012.html

PND (Philanthropy News Digest):
http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/news/story.jhtml?id=413900010

Tri-Hamlet Hurricane Relief:
http://trihamlethurricanerelief.org

Friends of Freeport:
http://www.friendsoffreeportny.org

SandyNow.org:
http://www.sandynow.org/Counseling-Services.phpx

AmeriCares:
http://www.americares.org/emergency-response/hurricane-sandy-recovery.html

Robert R. McCormick Foundation:
http://www.mccormickfoundation.org/page.phpx?pid=1037

Vision Long Island Smart Talk:
http://www.visionlongisland.org/smart_talk/11-28-12/11-28-12.html

Habitat for Humanity:
http://www.habitat.org/disaster/active_programs/Superstorm_Sandy.phpx


7. What can local, county, New York State, and Federal governments do to help people who were affected by the Hurricane?

Governor Andrew Cuomo:
http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/05242013-tourism-promotion-in-sandy-hit-long-island-areas

Senator Charles E. Schumer:
http://www.schumer.senate.gov/Newsroom/record.cfm?id=341609

The Nassau Hurricane Recovery Fund, Inc.:
https://apps.nassaucountyny.gov/recoveryfund/index.php

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency):
http://www.fema.gov/news-release/2013/03/22/new-york-recovery-hurricane-sandy

Representative Steve Israel:
http://israel.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1149:rep-israel-calls-on-new-york-to-use-federal-aid-to-help-small-businesses-hit-hard-by-hurricane-sandy&catid=57:2013-press-releases

Mayor Michael Bloomberg:
http://www.mikebloomberg.com/index.cfm?objectid=EBF9C326-C29C-7CA2-FB28AB4A5CB9592F

The Town of Hempstead:
http://www.townofhempstead.org/news/792-hempstead-town-assists-beleaguered-home-owners-to-rebuild-after-hurricane-sandy-waives-building-and-trailer-permit-fees

New York State Department of Labor:
http://www.labor.ny.gov/ui/2012-sandy-services.php

Citizens Campaign for the Environment:
http://www.citizenscampaign.org/news/story.php?id=638


8. What can we do to better prepare for hurricanes in the future: how might our future infrastructure and communities change to avoid significant damage from natural disasters?

WNYC Radio:
http://www.wnyc.org/articles/wnyc-news/2013/may/29/army-corps-envisioned-hurricane-walls-nyc-50-years-ago/
http://www.wnyc.org/articles/wnyc-news/2013/apr/29/6-months-after-sandy-rebuilding-not-necessarily-better/

Metropolitan Transit Authority:
http://web.mta.info/nyct/service/RebuildingRockawaysAfterHurricanSandy.htm
http://timbishop.house.gov/latest-news/bishop-hails-340-million-for-new-york-water-infrastructure-damaged-by-sandy/

Metro New York:
http://www.metro.us/newyork/news/local/2013/04/18/east-coast-prepares-for-the-next-superstorm/

Public Broadcasting Service:
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/climate-change/july-dec12/sandy_11-20.html

The New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/07/nyregion/new-york-state-storm-panel-recommends-major-changes.html

Forbes:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/edfenergyexchange/2013/01/14/weathering-the-storm-next-time-gov-cuomos-nys-2100-panel-offers-smart-plan-to-keep-the-lights-on-emissions-down/

The Huffington Post:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/06/nyc-new-york-city-storm-preparedness-proposals-introduced-in-city-council-airs-proposal_n_3396622.html?ir=New+York

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Helpful Links:

http://www.fema.gov/hurricane-sandy-timeline
http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-hurricane-sandy
http://www.fsround.org/fsr/pdfs/fast-facts/ff-2012-11-02-Hurricane-Sandy-Response-Efforts.pdf
http://disasterphilanthropy.org/where/current-disasters/hurricane-sandy/
http://www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/event/sandy/sandy-info.cfm
http://www.citizenscampaign.org
http://www.robinhood.org
http://www.visionlongisland.org
http://www.islandharvest.org
http://www.redcross.org
http://www.unitedwayli.org



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