GREATER COLLABORATION AND COORDINATION IN CRISES

The New York Times:

Read Amy Chester’s opinion piece, reflecting on Hurricane Sandy three years later.

After Hurricane Sandy crippled the New York City region, leaving wounds that still remain, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Rockefeller Foundation began Rebuild by Design, which has helped coordinate between the government, the philanthropic and private sector, academia and community stakeholders to develop large-scale preventative measures for the next storm.

Beyond repairing damaged infrastructure, these collaborative solutions addressed public health, job creation, affordable housing, transit and enhancing public space.

For example, LES Ready!, a coalition of community organizations in Lower Manhattan, created a blueprint for disaster relief, based on what was learned from Sandy, that has already proved successful in responding to a major gas explosion. … Read more

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