New York City Office of Emergency Management Coastal Storm Plan

Office of Emergency Management

Coastal storms, including nor'easters, tropical storms and hurricanes, can and do affect New York City. In fact, New York's densely populated and highly developed coastline makes the city among the most vulnerable to hurricane-related damage.

Due to regional geography, hurricanes in New York City — though infrequent — can do far more damage than hurricanes of similar strength in the southern United States. With sustained winds of 74 mph or greater, along with torrential rains, storm surge is among a hurricane's most hazardous features. A major hurricane could push more than 30 feet of storm surge into some parts of New York City.

As part of the NYC Coastal Storm Plan, Sahana is used to manage the evacuation facility structure necessary to house the thousands of evacuees in the NYC Metropolitan area.

CUNY School of Professional Studies

CUNY SPS Logo NYC's Office of Emergency Management utilizes a customized version of Sahana, and upon review in 2009 opted to bring together a team of developers to further customize and optimize the software. This team was brought together through the City University of New York's School of Professional Studies.

Standards and Workflow

To facilitate their development process, the CUNY SPS team has produced documentation the manage their development process and the standards of there work. Some of this documentation is:

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