The Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, formed in February, released a rebuilding strategy on Aug. 19 which is intended to serve as a model for the Sandy-affected region and communities across the nation facing greater risks for severe weather.
The task force, chaired by Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan, generated 69 policy recommendations, many of which, the report says, are already being implemented in New Jersey.
The 196-page report stresses the need to prioritize large-scale infrastructure projects and to rebuild with climate change and its impacts in mind.
The strategy seeks to harden energy infrastructure to minimize power outages and fuel shortages, and to ensure the continuation of cellular service in the event of future storms.
"President Obama was clear that his Administration is committed to staying in the Sandy-impacted region until the work was done, and today marks a crucial step in that journey," Donovan said in a press release.
"This Rebuilding Strategy will protect families, small businesses and communities across the region, and the taxpayers' investment in them, from the risks posed by sea level rise and more extreme weather events - risks that are made worse by the reality of a changing climate."
According to the report, each dollar saved invested in hazard mitigation saves 4 dollars in avoided costs if a disaster strikes again.
Repeating and slow-moving storms will raise the risk of flash flooding and damaging winds over the northern and central High Plains into Thursday night.
Thunderstorms will bring the risk of severe weather to a portion of the mid-Atlantic states into Thursday night.
As July draws to a close, a storm system swinging up from the Deep South will bring downpours to the northeastern U.S. and break the back of an extended heat wave.
Rounds of showers and thunderstorms moving westward off the coast of Africa may pave the way for future tropical systems over the Atlantic Ocean in the weeks ahead.
Highs will run between 10 and 15 degrees Fahrenheit above average across much of the interior western United States into the upcoming weekend.
A budding tropical system threatens to bring flooding rain to the Philippines into this weekend with potential future impacts on China and Taiwan.
Sharon, PA (1999)
70 mph wind gus in a thunderstorm.
Small but intense storm, said to be the worst in about 50 years, hit southern Mississippi (where Camille hit in 1969). U.S. Coast Guard cutter lost with 39 aboard.
New England (1949)
Heat wave in New England; Greenville, RI hit 102 degrees.