On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy made landfall near Atlantic City, New Jersey, resulting in the most disruptive natural disaster to hit New Jersey in recent history. With the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy recently past, the State of New Jersey and impacted communities are transitioning from recovery to planning and redevelopment. The New Jersey Coastal Management Program is providing coastal communities with the information to understand their vulnerabilities to coastal hazards and to begin planning to address them. In particular, the CMP developed the Coastal Vulnerability Index (CVI) mapping tool to identify the relative vulnerability of coastal communities to coastal hazards. CVI is a composite of geospatial vulnerability indicators including storm surge inundation data, mean high high water, flood prone areas, sea level rise, geomorphology, slope, erosion, and soil drainage. The CMP and its academic and non-profit organization partners have developed, and are proffering, a number of tools to inform coastal communities of their vulnerabilities; technical guidance on the development of both land use planning, engineering, and eco-system based responses to identified vulnerabilities; and, direct planning and technical support.
About Nick Angarone, NJ Department of Environmental Protection
Nick Angarone is a N.J. licensed professional planner with the New Jersey Coastal Management Program at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Coastal and Land Use Planning. He obtained his B.S. degree in Environmental Planning and Design from Rutgers University, Cook College, and his Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. His work focuses on providing New Jersey’s coastal communities with an understanding of their vulnerabilities to coastal hazards, and the tools, technical guidance, planning assistance, and resources to address those hazards.