Disaster Response and Resiliency

Hurricane Sandy brought unprecedented disruption to New York City, displacing an eighth of the City's residents, leaving twice that many without power, shutting down the buses and subways, and bringing the City to a standstill. During the immediate response and the prolonged recovery, analytics were used to manage the City's response.

Working closely with the staff of the Deputy Mayor for Operations and the leadership of the Office of Emergency Management, MODA integrated data from City agencies, National Guard surveys of affected residents, and daily outages from Con Edison. Data on the day-to-day progress was delivered to City Hall through the "Recovery Report," a two page summary of recovery efforts that was used to allocate disaster response resources, and make sure that vulnerable populations received needed attention.