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How are US cities preparing for next superstorm Sandy?

Three years ago this week, superstorm Sandy battered New York and New Jersey.

By Henry Gass, Staff writer OCTOBER 30, 2015

After superstorm Sandy flooded the first-floor office of The Wave newspaper in Rockaway, Queens, the staff moved into a narrow office upstairs to continue working. It took a month to publish its first post-Sandy issue, but the paper has survived significant damage. The staff still hasn’t been able to move back downstairs, though.

“We’re just getting ready to start some work on the first floor,” says Susan Locke, the newspaper’s publisher. “I can’t believe it’s been three years.”

For many people in New York and New Jersey, on Oct. 29, 2012, climate change was a distant problem, one for future generations. The storm changed that perception for many, studies show.

"Sandy definitely helped people realize that the effects of climate change are being felt now," says Denise Grab, a senior attorney at the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University.

The third anniversary of Sandy making landfall in New York and New Jersey this week offers citizens and experts alike a chance to reflect – on both how the region has rebuilt and how prepared the Eastern Seaboard is for a potential future of rising sea levels and more extreme storms. The National Surveys on Energy and Environment (NSEE) reported earlier this month that acceptance of global warming among Americans had reached its highest level since 2008. Whether Americans accept how much their coastal communities may have to change as a result is still an open question.

“This is not about preparing for the next Sandy. This is about preparing for new conditions across the board,” says Rachel Cleetus, a climate policy manager for the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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