on Mar 12, 2015
In the spring and summer of 2014, staff of the NJ Resiliency Network conducted a broad assessment of municipal needs with local officials from 86 municipalities across the 10 coastal counties hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy. The “Post-Sandy Municipal Needs Assessment for Long-Term Recovery and Resiliency Planning” was designed as a brief, online survey instrument to quickly and efficiently collect insights from local officials. Through a combination of open-ended and multiple choice responses, local officials were asked to provide examples of their top recovery and resilience issues and to identify their level of interest in support services available for a range of commonly cited municipal recovery and resilience issues.
Municipal Needs for Recovery and Resilience -- Key Findings
The survey indicated a wide variety of municipal needs and interests, corresponding to the municipality’s extent of damage from Sandy, stage of recovery and capacity to plan, and capacity to fund and implement mitigation strategies and projects. An analysis of the most prevalent municipal needs for technical assistance and funding for disaster recovery and resilience initiatives revealed the following four key findings: