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NOAA Provides Future Flood Zones for New York City (March 2014)
Since 2010, Stony Brook University (SBU) School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) oceanographer Malcolm Bowman, a long-time NYSG-funded researcher, has served on the New York Panel Climate Change and co-authored the recently released, related report.


New York Sea Grant Joins NOAA and NWS in Support of 2014's National Severe Weather Preparedness Week (March 2014)
Highlighting NYSG's recent round of research and education to raise awareness of severe storms like Superstorm Sandy.


NOAA and Sea Grant Announce Projects for $1.4M Coastal Storm Awareness Program (January 2014)
Sea Grant programs in NJ, NY and CT award $1.4M in funds for 10 projects to improve hazard warnings for tri-state residents.


Superstorm Sandy: One Year Later - NOAA and Sea Grant's Response (November 2013)
For seven days in the Fall of 2012, Hurricane Sandy pounded the Caribbean and U.S. East Coast with punishing rain, wind, and waves. As the storm approached landfall, the National Hurricane Center renamed the hurricane "Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy." But to those whose lives were devastated -- it will always be remembered as Superstorm Sandy.
  • NOAA, Sea Grant Programs Post-Sandy Step-Up: Press Briefing, Conference Educate on Coastal Storms
    At a November 2013 NOAA Coastal Storms Press Briefing in Washington, D.C., NYSG’s Coastal Processes Specialist Jay Tanski offered a perspective on how to implement NOAA-wide initiatives at the local level. As documented in several video clips from Portland, Maine's ABC, CBS and NBC affiliates, Tanski was also a speaker at mid-July 2013's Maine Sea Grant-hosted event Beaches Conference, where over 200+ attendees engaged in post-Superstorm Sandy discussions, among other topics.

  • NOAA Announces Sea Grant's Coastal Storm Awareness Program
    As discussed by Peyton Robertson, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Chair of Sandy Assessment Team via Federal News Radio, Sea Grant programs in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut are administering a new $1.8M NOAA-funded Coastal Storm Awareness Program. The funded projects will examine how people react to storm warnings and how to best communicate this information to communities and its residents.

  • On Blog: Can Salt Marshes Handle Effluent From a Failed Sewage Treatment Plant?
    New York Sea Grant funded research to measure if the ecosystem could handle the additional sewage and increase its capacity to serve as a “nutrient sink,” or if the enhanced nutrient loads would shift the ecosystem to an alternative state that perpetuates additional organic matter loading.

  • On Blog, On YouTube: Superstorm Sandy: One Year Later - Long Island Breach
    In late October 2012, Hurricane Sandy split Fire Island, New York into two islands, creating a new inlet to the bay behind it. As seen in a video clip from National Geographic and documented in a photo journal blog, NYSG-funded scientists explain why monitoring the breach is important, as its evolution will affect the tidal dynamics and the ecosystem of the Long Island's eastern Great South Bay.

  • National Geographic: Rising Seas
    In September 2013, National Geographic placed a spotlight on climate change in its extensive feature story, "Rising Seas," which focused on a central series of concepts: As the planet warms, the sea rises. Coastlines flood. What will we protect? What will we abandon? How will we face the danger of rising seas?

  • On YouTube: Documentary - Superstorm Sandy
    The documentary short “Sandy’s Hidden Damage” shows how the storm has changed the city forever – and how experts' opinions on what will save New York clash while some New Yorkers affected by Sandy feel left behind.

  • On Air: Burn - Rising Seas
    This radio and Web series examines the causes and consequences of sea level changes in south Florida, the Gulf Coast, New York City, and Greenland, where ice-melt is going to make the world a very different place.

  • On YouTube: Protecting The East Coast From Future Storms
    In a November 2013 interview with MyLITV, Dr. Malcolm Bowman explains what U.S. East coast communities should do to prevent "Sandy-Like" damage.

  • Stony Brook University Researcher Malcolm Bowman vs. The Storms
    As declared by The Village Times Herald, a weekly newspaper published on Long Island's north shore, this Stony Brook University researcher is a "Man of the Year" for raising awareness of dangers

NOAA and Sea Grant Fund a New Coastal Storm Awareness Program (October 2013)
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program announces the award of $1.8M in grants to Sea Grant programs in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.


Superstorm Sandy Media Archive Featuring NYSG-Funded Researchers and Specialists (August 2013)
A comprehensive archive of media mentions and content from NYSG-funded researchers and specialists on Fall 2012's Superstorm Sandy


Scientists Go ‘Social’ with Sandy, An Award-Winning Campaign (August 2013)
NYSG is awarded for the research-based content it provided via its Web site, Facebook and Twitter before, during and after landfall of Sandy late last October. NYSG's funded investigators continue to discuss the storm in the media and at events well into Spring 2013.


NYSG Joins Some 600+ Attendees at MWA's Annual NYC Conference (June 2013)
As discussed on one of the panels during this day-long event, when Superstorm Sandy hit in late October 2012, Stony Brook University Oceanography professor and storm surge expert Malcolm Bowman, along with investigator Brian Colle and others from the Storm Surge Research Group, kept close tabs on the superstorm before, during and after landfall.


Currents E-Newsletter to Feature Update on Coastal Change Education Materials for Metro NY Area (July 2013)
Statue of Liberty to reopen July 4, 2013 for the first time since Superstorm Sandy


New York Sea Grant is a Force of Nature (May 2013)
With hurricane season underway, NYSG offers a news archives and other hurricane-related resources, as well as YouTube clips with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's 2013 Atlantic hurricane season predictions as well as the National Weather Services National Hurricane Center's Hurricane Preparedness PSA series.


New York Sea Grant Responds to Superstorm Sandy (March 2013)
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, New York Sea Grant has played a role in providing sound information to managers and stakeholders in a timely way. This is a sampling of how we're responding.


New York Sea Grant Provides $50K for Two Research Projects in Wake of Superstorm Sandy (March 2013)
In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, New York Sea Grant (NYSG) has responded by funding two new research projects on Long Island's South Shore valued at $50,000. These projects add to NYSG’s suite of research and outreach projects that address the state’s coastal hazards.


NOAA Programs, FEMA Educate During National Severe Weather Preparedness Week (March 2013)
Are you ready if severe weather strikes? To make certain that you do, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have partnered again this year for this campaign, encouraging people across the country to "Be a Force of Nature" in their communities by preparing for severe weather and informing others to do so as well.


Impacts of Barrier Island Breaches (December 2012)
Superstorm Sandy caused a breach at Old Inlet, Fire Island. A New York Sea Grant publication (funded by the National Park Service) examines the impacts of barrier island breaches


WWWhat's Trending: Scientists Go ‘Social’ with Sandy (November 2012)
Before, during and after landfall of Sandy in late October, NYSG-funded Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences researchers kept close tabs on the storm.


More Sandy-Related Video, Audio and Transcripts from Stony Brook University SoMAS Researchers (November-December 2012):

December 3, 2012: On YouTube: SoMAS Lecture - Storm Surge From Superstorm Sandy: Causes and Impacts

November 20, 2012: On YouTube: PBS News Hour - "Protecting NY From Future Superstorms as Sea Levels Rise"
November 12, 2012:  On YouTube: Regional News Network - "After the Storm - Could All The Flooding Have Been Avoided?"


SBU Researcher To Appear in PBS/Nova Superstorm Sandy Documentary (November 2012)


In the News: Superstorm Sandy and the Discussion from SBU Experts that Followed (November 2012)
Transcripts, with video/audio, are available for the following media segments:

October 30, 2012: NBC News/Cosmic Blog - "NYC flood was foreseen: Now what?"

November 1, 2012: NBC News/Rock Center with Brian Williams - "Hurricane Sandy provides 'wake-up call' for cities at risk of flooding"

November 1, 2012: National Public Radio - "Protecting New York From Future Flooding"

November 2, 2012: ABC News - "Superstorm Sandy Spurs Talk of Sea Barrier for New York"

November 8, 2012: NPR On Point - "In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, New York looks at sea walls"

Also, check out May 2011's SBU Provost Lecture - Malcolm Bowman: Tsunami: Could It Happen To Us?

Stony Brook University Storm Surge Research Group Track Superstorm Sandy, Correct Inaccuracies (November 2012)


Hurricane Leslie Brings High Rip Current Risk Alert to NY's Ocean Beaches (September 2012)


Coastal Flooding Concerns in NYC Continues Discussion on Storm Surge Barriers (September 2012)
"Even as city officials earn high marks for environmental awareness, critics say New York is moving too slowly to address the potential for flooding that could paralyze transportation, cripple the low-lying financial district and temporarily drive hundreds of thousands of people from their homes."


Hurricane Isaac: NOAA Updates, Reflections on Irene and Katrina (August 2012)


NYSG dives into Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance's City of Water Days; Provides educational materials on rip currents, severe storms, and more (July 2012)


NOAA Predicts a Near-Normal 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season (May 2012) (pdf)
Update - August 9, 2012: Changes from the pre-season outlook issued on May 24th: This updated outlook differs from the May outlook in that it calls for a higher likelihood of an above-normal season and a reduced chance for a below-normal season. Also, the predicted range of named storms has been shifted upward, and the range of hurricanes and major hurricanes has been narrowed.  More information at the NOAA's National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center Web Site.


NOAA's 2012 National Hurricane Preparedness Week: May 27 - June 2 (May 2012)


NOAA and FEMA's National Severe Weather Preparedness Week (April 2012)


NYSG-Funded Researcher on Concern Over Risk of Storm Surges in New York City (January 2012)


New York Times Blogs on NYSG-Funded SBU Researchers Tracking Hurricane Irene (August 2011)


National Sea Grant: Hazard Resilient Communities - Resources (June 2011) (pdf)


Fighting Back the Waves in NYC (May 2011)


Stony Brook University Researcher Talks Sea Level Rise in NYC (February 2011)


The Quiet Before the Storm? (Coastlines, Spring 2010)


Closing the Doors on Storm Surges (Coastlines, Spring 2005) (pdf)


NOAA and New York Sea Grant's Related News Archives back to top

NYSG: News Archives - Coastal Processes & Hazards

NYSG: More on "Hazard Resilience in Coastal Communities"

NOAA and Sea Grant Remind Beachgoers About Rip Currents


NOAA and New York Sea Grant's Related News Archives and Web Sites back to top

NOAA Research's "What's New in Hurricane Research" Resources

NOAA's National Weather Service

NOAA National Weather Service's "Weather Ready Nation" Resources

NOAA National Weather Service's "National Hurricane Center"

NOAA "Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation" Resources

NOAAWatch - NOAA's All Hazard Monitoring Web Site




Hurricane Resources: Agency and Organization Links back to top



The Science: NOAA, NASA, SBU, Others

NOAA: Hurricane Resources

NOAA: Hurricane Basics

NOAA - National Hurricane Center:
Hurricane Preparedness


NOAA: Storm Surge Basics (pdf)

NOAA - National Hurricane Center:
Storm Surge Overview


NOAA - Coastal Services Center:
Historical Hurricane Tracks


NOAA - National Weather Service: Hurricane Names

NOAA - Ocean Service: Online Hurricane Tools

NOAA: StormSmart Coasts
ID-ing what can be done before, during, and after a storm
to enhance community resilience


NOAA: StormSmart Connect
Provides a venue for real-time collaboration, allowing
users to share documents and expertise


NASA Hurricane Resources

Stony Brook University School of Marine and
Atmospheric Science's Storm Center


Stony Brook Storm Surge Research Group
Overview | Project Web site

Blog: Philip Orton, Stevens Institute -
Sea and Sky NY

StormSmart Coasts: National Network

The Weather Channel


Other Sea Grant Resources

Louisiana Sea Grant: Hurricane Resources

Connecticut Sea Grant: Hurricane Checklist (pdf)

Connecticut Sea Grant: Hurricane Sandy Aftermath
(November 2012)

Maine Sea Grant: Property Owner's Guide to Managing
Flooding, Erosion & Other Coastal Hazards



For Teachers, Students and Kids

NOAA - Education Resources: Hurricanes

NOAA: Lesson Plans: Hurricanes (pdf)

NOAA - Ocean Service: Hurricanes (Grades 9-12)

NOAA - Ocean Service: Storm Watch Lesson Plan

National Science Foundation: Hurricanes -
Science and Society


National Science Teachers Association: Storms
(Grades K-4)

National Science Teachers Association: Hurricanes
(Grades 5-8)

How You Can Help

Long Island Volunteer Center

New York City Service - Volunteer


Disaster Relief: FEMA, Red Cross, Cornell, Others

FEMA - Access to Disaster Help and Resources

FEMA - What to Do After A Home Fire

USDA - National Institutes of Food and Agriculture
Where to find up-to-date information on Hurricane Sandy
recovery
(November 2012)

Cornell University: Disaster Relief and Outreach

Cornell University Cooperative Extension:
Disaster Education Network

CCE NY EDEN: Hurricane Sandy (November 2012)

EPA: Hurricane Sandy Response and Recovery

Ready.gov: Locate Local Emergency Management Offices

American Red Cross

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services

Critical Cleanup Tips for Homeowners, Renters and Businesses Dealing with Flooding (November 2012) (pdf)

Long Island Exchange: Valuable Resources to Help Residents Recover Safely from Hurricane Sandy (November 2012)

North Dakota State University: Flood Information

Hurricane Digital Memory Bank


More For Teachers, Students and Kids

The BRIDGE: Haunted by Hurricanes

The BRIDGE: Hurricanes!

The BRIDGE: Without an Ark

Virtual Hurricane Classroom

Wetlands and Hurricanes

TeacherVision: Hurricane Resources

Sesame Street: Friends Care (pdf)
Topical activities for kids, tips for parents and caregivers

What Animals Do Before a Hurricane (pdf)












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Related Tips: Hurricane Education back to top

Hurricanes are severe tropical storms that form in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and in the eastern Pacific Ocean.  People who live in hurricane prone communities should know their vulnerability, and what actions should be taken to reduce the effects of these devastating storms.

The key point is simple: plan accordingly and plan ahead. Here are some steps you can take to protect your family, property or business:

Step 1: Build A Kit / "To-Go Bag"

Get an Emergency Supply Kit, which includes items like non-perishable food (eg., canned food and manual can opener), water (at least three gallons of water per person), a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra flashlights and batteries, first aid kit and essential medications. Other supplies to have on-hand include protective clothing, rain gear, and bedding or sleeping bags. You may also want to prepare a portable kit and keep it in your car in case you are told to evacuate. For more details on the preparing the kit, go to Ready.gov.


Step 2: Prepare yourself, your family, business, property

Make a Family Emergency Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.

Businesses have a critical role in preparedness. Putting a disaster plan in motion now will improve the likelihood that your company will survive and recover.

Hurricanes cause heavy rains that can cause extensive flood damage in coastal and inland areas. Everyone is at risk and should consider flood insurance protection. Flood insurance is the only way to financially protect your property or business from flood damage.  To learn more about your flooding risk and how to protect yourself and your business, visit the National Flood Insurance Program Web site, www.floodsmart.gov or call 1-800-427-2419.

In addition to insurance, you can also:
  • Prepare to cover all windows of your home. If shutters have not been installed, use precut plywood to protect your windows from high winds. Note: Tape does not prevent windows from breaking, so taping windows is not recommended.

  • Plan to bring in all lawn furniture, outdoor decorations or ornaments, trash cans, hanging plants, and anything else not tied down that can be picked up by the wind.

  • Keep all trees and shrubs well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.

  • Secure your home by closing shutters, and securing outdoor objects or bringing them inside.

  • Turn off utilities as instructed. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.

  • Turn off propane tanks.

  • Install a generator for emergencies.
  • Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage, it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage.

  • Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.

  • Find out how to keep food safe during and after and emergency by visiting www.FoodSafety.gov.


Step 3: Be Informed


Hurricane hazards come in many forms: lightning, tornadoes, flooding, storm surge, high winds, even landslides or mudslides can be triggered in mountainous regions.  In addition to being a danger to humans and animals, these storms can create coastal inundation events. For more on coastal flooding, which is by far the leading killer during a hurricane, see NOAA's Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation Web site.

Look carefully at the safety actions associated with each type of hurricane hazard and prepare your family disaster plan accordingly. But remember this is only a guide. The first and most important thing anyone should do when facing a hurricane threat is to use common sense.

Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify a hurricane.

A hurricane watch means a hurricane is possible in your area. Be prepared to evacuate. Monitor local radio and television news outlets or listen to NOAA Weather Radio for the latest developments.

A hurricane warning is when a hurricane is expected in your area. If local authorities advise you to evacuate, leave immediately.

Hurricanes are classified into five categories based on their wind speed, central pressure, and damage potential. Category Three and higher hurricanes are considered major hurricanes, though Categories One and Two are still extremely dangerous and warrant your full attention.

Some other tips to keep in mind:
(1) If you live down by the water, be mindful of the possibility of a voluntary/mandatory evacuation.

(2) Keep your cell phone fully charged.

(3) Fill your car's gas tank.

(4) Don't schedule things so that you might have to drive during a hurricane. This could be illegal and it will be dangerous.

(5) Unless you have a good garage to put your car(s) in,  remember all those pictures we see of tree-crushed cars in the aftermath of a storm, and find an open space away from tall trees to put your car during the storm. If wind reach more than 70 mph, it can be very difficult to stay on your feet or walk any distanced.  

(6) If at some point there is a need for you to evacuate, remember to take your "to go bag" items as well as car keys and maps and documents, including driver’s license, Social Security card, proof of residence, insurance policies, wills, deeds, birth and marriage certificates, tax records, etc.


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