The Steering Committee of Lower East Side History Month
New York City Emergency Management Department
Timeline of Accomplishments
- Third and final year of renewed funding from the New York Community Trust is secured.
- LESReady! member organizations conduct community mapping exercise to update resource map.
- Disaster preparedness trainings to coalition and community members continue.
- Community-wide disaster simulation exercise is planned.
- Member organizations and Resiliency staff begin making final revisions to Community Disaster Plan.
- LESReady’s Memorandum of Understanding is edited to better capture member organizations’ resource capacity; outreach to new prospective members, including houses of worship, begins.
- Emergency radio antenna is installed on the roof of Village East Towers co-op, allowing members to communicate over a 50-mile radius when phone lines and internet are down.
- LMCR outreach and community engagement continues.
- 6 member organizations receive pass-through grants to undertake community resiliency and disaster preparedness projects.
- LESReady! coordinates donations to Puerto Rico in the wake of the 2017 hurricane season, collecting resources at our 5-year Sandy anniversary event.
- The coalition begins meeting with NYC agencies to explore concrete strategies for post-disaster collaboration.
- Five member organizations begin providing storm recovery and resiliency services to the community under the NY Rising program.
- FCC license for emergency radio communications is approved, and member organizations receive emergency radio training.
- Outreach and community engagement for ESCR continues; LESReady! begins coordinating outreach efforts for the Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency Project (LMCR).
- Member organizations receive pass-through grants to fund small-scale, high-impact resiliency projects. A second year of renewed funding from the New York Community Trust is secured.
- Member organization WiFi-NY navigates Beyond the Grid, a resilient community microgrid project, through phase II of the NYSERDA NY Prize competition.
- 400 community members attend Sandyween at Pier 42, a Halloween-themed Superstorm Sandy anniversary event.
- The coalition purchases LESReady! vests and emergency radios. Request for an FCC radio license is submitted.
- Community Board 3 Waterfront Task Force is established, to which LESReady! members are appointed.
- Second phase of outreach and engagement for the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project begins.
- The 2nd Avenue Explosion destroys a residential building, and the subsequent fire burns down three others, leaving 2 dead and 19 wounded. LESReady! responds, providing case management and grants to 120 affected residents.
- Newspaper printouts of resource map and coalition findings are printed in three languages and distributed to 11,000 community members.
- Funding is secured from the New York Community Trust and Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery to support a full-time LESReady! Coordinator and resiliency staff.
- LESReady! launches its website and releases printed brochures and other materials, including the report Getting LES Ready: Learning from Hurricane Sandy to Create a Community-Based Disaster Plan for the Future.
- Community mapping project is begun; disaster centers, hubs, and information centers are identified.
- LESReady’s Interim Community Disaster Plan is released and shared with network members.
- Preparedness trainings continue to be held, including Citizen Preparedness events in collaboration with the Governor’s office. Hundreds of residents receive emergency preparedness education and Go Bags.
- LESReady! coordinates community engagement meetings for Rebuild by Design, winning $335 million for flood protection on the LES.
- The coalition works with the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery’s NY Rising program, shaping $25 million worth of funding priorities.
- LESReady! is formed in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, as service providers and community-based organizations recognize the need for greater collaboration pre-, during, and post-disaster. Forty voting and non-voting members are recruited. Mission, bylaws, and coalition priorities are established.
- Disaster preparedness trainings are conducted throughout the Lower East Side.
- LESReady! and The LoDown publish a series of disaster preparedness articles to in the lead-up to Sandy’s one-year anniversary.
- Over 700 people attend LESReady’s Sandy 1-Year Anniversary Event at the East River.
7 YEARS OF LESREADY! BY THE NUMBERS
- 20,000 residents reached through community events, canvassing, social media, workshops, etc.
- 3,000 Go Bags collectively distributed.
- 5,000 community members collectively trained in disaster preparedness techniques.
- 1 Superstorm Sandy anniversary event held every year.
- More than $700 million secured for coastal flood protection.
- More than $500 million secured for Sandy repairs to NYCHA properties.