THE LONG ROAD HOME
UNDERSTANDING SANDY RECOVERY AND LESSONS FOR FUTURE STORMS FIVE YEARS LATER
In partnership with Rutgers researchers and Stockton University’s service learning program, we have undertaken the first community-based participatory research project on Sandy recovery. Community Captains, volunteers who survived Sandy themselves and student partners, conducted interviews in neighborhoods and circulated an online version. We wanted to see where the recovery process was four plus years later and look at key questions: what are the longer term health and economic impacts and do survivors believe we are ready for future storms? In part, we can use survey responses to learn and shape solutions. But additionally, there is so little information on the recovery overall. Approximately 40,000 primary homeowners had sever or substantial damage from Sandy. But only 8,000 of those families are in the RREM program. What happened to the other 32,000? How have they coped with mold, reconstruction, and elevation?