In the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, Superstorm Sandy became one of the most devastating hurricanes in American history. The storm surge that flooded the streets of New York City and Red Hook on October 29th has lasting effects on our coastal community, including longstanding property damage, living conditions festering with mold and the uneasy question of when this can and will happen again.
Five years after Hurricane Sandy have created far more promising outcomes as well. Growing out of the chaos and destruction is a community more ready than ever to connect and respond to natural catastrophe.
Countless studies and initiatives have been launched at every level of government, including the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency which has launched The Integrated Flood Protection System (IFPS) Project, a federally funded coastal protection initiative aimed at reducing flood risk in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Red Hook WIFI is also gearing up to stand stronger and larger than ever, with resilient solar-powered backup systems to support continuity in the event of an emergency or power outage. Red Hook WIFI is a free, hyper-local community network that will foster community engagement and connection.
Young technologists from Red Hook also have a unique opportunity to rise from flooding waters of tragedy as champions of a new era, led by Digital Stewards, Red Hook Initiatives flagship art, technology and career training program.