A Cascade of Emergencies (A): Responding to Superstorm Sandy in New York City

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    Abstract:
    On October 29, 2012, Superstorm Sandy made landfall near Atlantic City, New Jersey. Sandy’s massive size, coupled with an unusual combination of meteorological conditions, fueled an especially powerful and destructive storm surge, which caused unprecedented damage in and around New York City, the country’s most populous metropolitan area, as well as on Long Island and along the Jersey Shore. This two-part case study focuses on how New York City prepared for the storm’s arrival and then responded to the cascading series of emergencies – from fires, to flooding, to power failures – that played out as it bore down on the city. Profiling actions taken at the local level by emergency response agencies like the New York City Fire Department (FDNY), the case also explores how the city coordinated with state and federal partners – including both the state National Guard and federal military components – and illustrates both the advantages and complications of using military assets for domestic emergency response operations.

    Learning Objectives:
    This case prompts readers to reflect on the difficulties a metropolitan area may face when confronted by multiple emergencies unfolding simultaneously in all corners of a jurisdiction. In addition, it raises questions about the use of federal military assets in domestic emergency response operations, highlights the advantages and limitations of decentralized response by both professional responders and civilians, and demonstrates the political stakes associated with a major disaster like Sandy.


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    Publication Date: June 30, 2018
    HKS Case Number: 2124.0
    Case Author: David W. Giles
    Faculty Lead: Arnold M. Howitt
    Pages (incl. exhibits): 13
    Setting: United States
    Language: English
    Funding Source: National Guard Bureau, United States Department of Defense, through the Homeland Security Institute, an initiative of the Chief, National Guard Bureau
    _year: 2017-2018
    _pages: 0-15
    _geography: US & Canada
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