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Superstorm Sandy: 1 Year Later

On October 29, 2012, Superstorm Sandy made landfall in New Jersey and New York. The climate-fueled storm killed more than 100 people, displaced thousands of American families, and caused $65 billion in damages. This page contains analyses, issue briefs, and reports documenting the human and economic costs of extreme weather, the billions of dollars in disaster spending, and the investments necessary to build more resilient communities.

overflowing sewer

Rising Waters, Rising Threat

book_alt2 icon Report Policymakers need to invest in the resilience of our wastewater treatment infrastructure to ensure that decades of progress on public health, environmental quality, and economic development are not washed away.

Climate Change: An Unfunded Mandate

book_alt2 icon Report Congress is imposing a costly unfunded mandate on the American people by failing to enact policies to curb U.S. emissions of heat-trapping pollution.

Cities that Are Building Resilience to Climate Change

Click on each city to get a snapshot of their resilience initiatives.

Storm-Ready Cities

book_alt2 icon Report This report reviews climate change risks, identifies cities that are already taking steps to tackle this growing issue, and recommends actions to build resilience.

Superstorm Sandy

5 Assignments for the Task Force on Climate Preparedness

President Barack Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness must identify federal disaster-recovery and resilience costs and the revenue to pay for them.

Sea-Level Rise: A Slow-Motion Disaster

play_alt icon Video The Center for American Progress visited Norfolk, Virginia, a city on the front lines of the fight against rising seas, to talk to residents and community leaders about their efforts to save the city and learn to live with the water.

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States of Denial: States with the Most Federal Disaster Aid Sent Climate-Science Deniers to Congress

article icon Issue Brief The 10 states that received the most federal disaster relief in fiscal years 2011 and 2012 for climate-related extreme weather events elected 47 climate-science deniers to Congress.

Disaster resilience

A Disaster in the Making

book_alt2 icon Report Superstorm Sandy is just the latest in a long line of natural disasters that have tested the resilience of low-income communities and exposed the underlying socioeconomic problems these communities face year round.

Mount Charleston Wildfire

President Obama’s Resilience Plan Needs Federal Investments

The president and Congress should create a federal resilience fund for communities nationwide to invest in protection for people, homes, and businesses from future extreme weather events.

Shelter from the Superstorm

book_alt2 icon Report Investing more in climate preparedness and resilience will end up saving money in the long run by lowering the risks of extreme weather and climate-change impacts.

Pound Foolish

article icon Issue Brief Increased federal resilience spending is necessary to help our communities prepare for extreme weather.

Superstorm Sandy

Disastrous Spending: Federal Disaster-Relief Expenditures Rise amid More Extreme Weather

article icon Issue Brief As extreme weather events due to climate change increase in frequency and/or ferocity, we must get an accurate account of how much disaster relief costs the government and taxpayers and plan for the future by building community resiliency.

Superstorm Sandy

Infrastructure and Resilience: Forging a National Strategy for Reconstruction and Growth

article icon Issue Brief In this brief, we argue that the president must advance his new infrastructure initiatives and investment goals in the context of the public health and safety risks of climate change.

Superstorm Sandy

Going to Extremes: The $188 Billion Price Tag from Climate-Related Extreme Weather

As more American families suffer from increasingly severe weather events, making relief and aid the newest political football is unconscionable.

Damage from Hurricane Sandy

An Ounce of Prevention: Increasing Resiliency to Climate-Related Extreme Weather

We need dedicated funding for communities to increase their resilience to future extreme weather events.

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