In the closing days of October, 2012, Hurricane Sandy carved a path through the Caribbean before moving up the Atlantic and turning into New Jersey striking many coastal towns. The storm moved north and created a storm surge that has devastated the New York Metro area. There has been widespread major damage and loss of life.
Architecture for Humanity is a 501(c)(3)nonprofit registered in the state of New York.
Architecture for Humanity provides design and construction services after disaster. We help rebuild, and will be focused on disaster mitigation and technical assistance to under-served communities.
A Reconstruction Plan
Last Updated: November 2, 2012
Right now the need is relief and recovery but very soon it will be long-term reconstruction. Beyond the large scale water and wind damage, we need to think about upgrading and restoring in a sustainable manner.
A five-point plan for long-term reconstruction:
1. Enable our local chapters to provide technical assistance and support to existing recovery agencies.
2. Provide design and construction assistance to nonprofits and community-based organizations in affected communities to repair civic structures and public spaces.
3. Provide technical assistance to property owners, with a focus on small businesses and rental properties in low-income communities.
4. Provide community design, planning and architectural support to local agencies to rebuild and to develop model mitigation strategies, especially along the New Jersey shore.
5. Build back green. Provide assistance to replace outdated building systems with more sustainable energy-efficient solutions.
Updates: Updates will be added to this page regularly.
Twitter: The Official Architecture for Humanity twitter account is @archforhumanity and we've been doing on the ground updates at @afhdisasterteam - If you cannot contribute and want to support our appeal, please link to our site with your social network accounts and/or blogs.
Volunteering: In a few months we will organize a volunteer build but for now we are focused on assembling our team. We will be doing transitional and long term reconstruction, much like our work after Hurricane Katrina. If you would like to offer design, engineering or construction services please sign-up to volunteer.
Chapters: The New York Chapter will be the chapter lead on rebuilding initiatives. We are also talking with the DC, New Haven, Philadelphia and Baltimore chapters about regional support. If your chapter is hosting a fundraiser, please let us know.
For the past 14 years we have been at the forefront of post-disaster reconstruction work around the world.
General Resources for Hurricane Sandy
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Hurricane Sandy Response and Recovery
EPA's current information about Hurricane Sandy response and recovery.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)Hurricane Sandy:
provides information on how you might be able to get help from the U.S. Government before, during and after a disaster.
Jobs4Recovery is designated for communities across the United States that are grappling with the economic crisis and striving for economic recovery, as well as geographies that are severely affected by natural disasters.
For Impacted Businesses
- Disaster Help Desk for Businesses
BCLC’s free disaster service for small businesses and local chambers of commerce to provide preparedness/continuity advice and to guide disaster-impacted organizations through the steps of recovery and re-opening.
provides resources and best practice information for public and private stakeholders seeking to rebuild their local economies after a disaster as well as assisting the business community in preparing for a disaster.
Hurricane Sandy Business Recovery Information
New York City, including the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) and The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYEDC) is coordinating a set of services to help New York businesses in recovering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy.
Business Civic Leadership Center: Hurricane Sandy
U.S. Small Business Administration: 2012 Hurricane Recovery Information
information about SBA's response to the 2012 hurricane and tropical storm season.
Filing a Business Insurance Claim after a Disaster
Insurance Information Institute's article on simple steps to make the most of the insurer adjuster's vist, have your claim filed efficiently, and get your company back in the black as soon as possible if Hurricane Sandy damaged or interrupted your business.
NYC Nonprofit Recovery Loan Program
The New York City Nonprofit Recovery Loan Program will provide critical funds in the coming months to bridge the gap between expenditures needed to support the recovery from Hurricane Sandy and anticipated revenues such as grants, pledges, contract reimbursements, FEMA and insurance payments.
New York Foundation for the Arts Emergency Relief Fund
An Emergency Relief Fund, administered by NYFA to assist artists with damages and losses as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Eligible artists can be working in any discipline and reside in Connecticut, New Jersey, or New York.
Philanthropy New York's Response to Hurricane Sandy
Philanthropy New York is working intensively with regional Associations throughout the affected area to coordinate and track philanthropic responses to the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy.
General information regarding natural disaster recovery and resiliency
FEMA's Natural Disaster Recovery Framework
The Disaster Process & Disaster Aid Programs
FEMA's response to disasters
Hurricane Sandy: donate and volunteer responsibly
Natural Disasters: Hurricanes
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's information regarding what to do: to prepare for hurricanes, during a hurricane, and in the recovery after a hurricane.
Natural Disasters: Flooding
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's information regarding what to do: to prepare for flooding, during flooding, and in the recovery after flooding
Be Informed: Hurricanes
FEMA and ready.gov's information about hurricanes
Be Informed: Floods
FEMA and ready.gov's information about floods