Our Resilient Building

A Disaster Preparedness Handbook for HDFCs, Co-ops, and other Buildings on the Lower East Side

One of the lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy is that planning and organizing can make all the difference in a disaster. Buildings, community organizations, houses of worship, and other groups that had strong social ties and emergency plans in place were much better prepared to survive and thrive after the storm.

This handbook is designed to help you and your neighbors think critically about your building, plan for emergencies, and enhance your building’s resiliency. It includes the following sections, which should be completed together as a group:

OUR BUILDING

Important information about your building, including its hurricane evacuation zone, languages spoken by tenants, and more.

CREATING AN EMERGENCY TASK FORCE

Suggested organizational structure for tenants working on disaster preparedness in your building.

VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT

Answering these questions will help get you thinking about the challenges facing your building and how to address them.

OUR DISASTER PLAN

This template outlines tasks to be completed by your Emergency Task Force Pre-Disaster, 72 Hours Pre-Disaster, 24 Hours Pre-Disaster, and Post-Disaster.

RESILIENCY STRATEGIES

Tips and best practices regarding back-up power, communications, community resiliency, and emergency supplies.

CHECKLIST & NEXT STEPS

Helps you keep track of what you’ve accomplished and what still needs to be done.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Information and links to various resources including retrofit programs, sample disaster plans, community organizations, and more.

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