On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy came ashore, causing an estimated $36 billion in damages in New Jersey and another $32 billion in New York.

Hurricane Sandy

While the storm's damage stretched up and down the east coast, the northeast was particularly hard hit. The nation watched as storm surges destroyed homes, flooded New York's subway system and washed away sections of the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Tragedy was compounded with a fire that destroyed 100 homes on New York's Rockaway peninsula and power outages that after the storm left approximately 8 million customers in the dark on the East Coast.

Since Hurricane Sandy hit, APA has been working closely with affected members and their communities. Recovery and rebuilding efforts will take time. The following provides a single point of reference of APA's Hurricane Sandy efforts.

Resources and Training

Resources from Sandy Workshops in NY and NJ, April 2013

View the PowerPoint presentations and other resource materials generated as APA presented a series of free workshops in New York and New Jersey throughout the first week of April 2013.

Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction

Since its 1998 publication, Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction has served as all-hazards guidance manual for local planners developing plan for post-disaster recovery and reconstruction. APA has teamed up with the Federal Emergency Management Agency on a three-year project to update the tools and concepts of this classic publication.

View Chapter Five, "A Planner's Tool Kit" of the 1998 publication.

Managing community relationships with water

APA Planners Press has published two resources looking at how communities manage their relationship with water.

Delta Urbanism: Netherlands looks at how a low-lying country has developed policies, tools, technology, planning, public outreach and international cooperation to save their populated deltas.

Delta Urbanism: New Orleans traces the development of New Orleans from precolonial times to post-Katrina realities, in the context of the deltaic plain on which it lies.


"How to help in the aftermath of Sandy" A message about Hurricane Sandy from APA's CEO Paul Farmer, FAICP.

APA Chapter Presidents Co-Author Newspaper Op-Ed on Sandy.


Hear from hazard and disaster mitigation experts discuss the issues and challenges that face communities rebuilding from Hurricane Sandy.

Interview with James Rausse, AICP, president of the APA New York Metro Chapter and director of capital programs at the Office of the Bronx Borough President.

Interview with Edward A. Thomas, president of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association.

Interview with Gavin Smith, AICP, executive director of the Coastal Hazard Center, part of the Department of Homeland Security's Centers for Excellence.