NYC City Hall adds extreme weather coordinator role

to work closely with emergency management & other agencies

A New York City extreme weather preparedness report by the Extreme Weather Response Task Force, comprised of senior City agency leaders and outside experts on climate change and resiliency, to identify new protocols and policies to fund storm resilience and green infrastructure.

Following Hurricane Ida and its unexpected extent of flooding, “The New Normal: Combatting Storm-Related Extreme Weather in New York City” document recommends $2.7 billion in new funding for the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the Parks Department, Department of Transportation, the Housing Authority, and the School Construction Authority.

“This new report charts a path forward for … shoring up infrastructure, warning communities ahead of major weather events, and better tracking storms before they arrive,” remarked Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The newly created Extreme Weather Coordinator position in City Hall will work closely with NYC Emergency Management (NYCEM) and other agencies to lead and organize extreme weather response.

A research collaboration between the City University of New York (CUNY) and New York University (NYU), FloodNet has demonstrated the effectiveness of flood sensors to collect accurate, local, real-time data about street flooding during wet weather events or sunny day flooding, associated with sea level rise.

In addition, starting in 2022, the City will contract with 60 community-based organizations to canvass vulnerable neighborhoods and educate basement apartment residents about threats posed by stormwater and extreme weather.