Guidance for New York Rising Community Reconstruction Plans

The New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program has been established to provide additional rebuilding and revitalization assistance to communities severely damaged by Hurricanes Sandy and Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

Through the Program, New York State is assisting communities to rebuild better and safer community-driven plans that consider current damage, future threats to assets, and the community’s economic future. In keeping with the National Disaster Recovery Framework, the plans will consider the needs, risks, and opportunities related to assets in the categories of recovery support functions for: Community Planning and Capacity Building, Economic Development, Health and Social Services, Housing, Infrastructure, and Natural and Cultural Resources.

This guidance is designed to support the development of a Community Reconstruction Plan. By completing a successful Plan, each participating community will position itself to obtain funding to implement that Plan to improve the community’s future.


These guidelines encourage planners to identify projects that increase resilience while protecting "vulnerable populations." The guidelines define vulnerable persons as people with disabilities, low and very-low income populations, the elderly, young children, people experiencing homelessness, and people at risk of becoming homeless.

In the section on assessing risks, the guidelines provide a "Risk Assessment Tool" that generates a "Risk Score" to determine where action is needed. This score incorporates risks to assets that provide services for socially-vulnerable populations

To qualify for grants to implement the Community Reconstruction Plan, the plan must include the following:

• Assessment of risk to key assets and systems
• Projects and actions to restore and increase the resilience of key assets
• Protection of vulnerable populations
• Projects with economic growth co-benefits
• Regional coordination
• Detailed implementation agendas

The Plan will result in a list of projects and actions needed for the community to recover and to reduce future hazard damages. The community will estimate costs and benefits of the proposed course of action, and set priorities for the projects that have the most significant recovery value.






Publication Date: 2013


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  • Planning guides

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