Testing Innovation in the Superstorm Sandy Response (Article PDF)
Hurricane Sandy came ashore along the coast of New Jersey and New York City on October 29, 2012, as a powerful storm spanning 1,100 miles. Early estimates of damage approximating $75 billion make it one of the most costly Atlantic hurricanes, second only to Hurricane Katrina. In any natural disaster of this magnitude, significant federal resources are mobilized. Given the early estimates of the disaster, let’s examine the disaster life cycle—preparedness, response, and recovery, as well as the coordination among federal agencies.