New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed major changes to the city’s building codes due to the billions of dollars of damage resulting from Hurricane Sandy in October, 2012.
A report released in June
analyzed the city’s vulnerabilities and outlines recommendations to safeguard against future severe weather events. The report includes 33 recommendations for new commercial and residential building construction, and options to help existing structures become more resilient.
Such changes would include requiring emergency lights in stairwells for extended blackouts, providing faucets in a common area on the lower floors of buildings so people on upper floors have access to water if electric pumps fail, and having exterior hookups to connect a portable generator.
"These concrete recommendations for how to confront the risks we face will build a stronger more resilient New York,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “This plan is incredibly ambitious.”
Revisions to the city building code would need to be approved by the city council to take effect. Read the full report here