Superstorm Sandy Recovery: Breezy Point

Sunday, May 7, 2017 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
CM | 3.50
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You'll learn about:

  • Approaches to align community master plan and disaster recovery and resiliency needs

  • Innovative techniques for accelerating recovery efforts

  • Innovative community-engagement approaches in a co-op managed community

  • Processes used for large-scale home elevation and reconstruction

Witness firsthand the recovery and transformation of a New York community devastated by a natural disaster. In October 2012, Superstorm Sandy almost entirely flooded the Breezy Point Cooperative, which provides municipal services to approximately 12,000 residents. Some 350 homes were damaged or destroyed. The area also sustained widespread beach erosion and damage to infrastructure and commercial property. This mobile workshop will include a walking tour of Breezy Point community led by experts from the Breezy Point Cooperative and others during which they will share lessons learned during the state and federal recovery program implementation.

The Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) worked closely with Breezy Point to deliver services compliant with Build It Back (BiB) New York and Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery requirements. IBTS rehabilitated and elevated 180 homes to create flood- and fire-resilient residences for generations to come while restoring the historical beauty of the community. By elevating the homes above flood level, residents now enjoy outdoor living spaces, water views, and a more pleasing streetscape. See how recovery efforts made this coastal community not only more livable but also more resilient.