Evaluation of New York State's County Plans for Disaster Resiliency

Elham Azimi, Samaneh Gholitabar, F. H. Griffis

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Abstract

The primary aim of this study is to determine the relative effectiveness, strengths, and weaknesses of hazard mitigation plans (HMPs) in New York State. In addition to evaluating HMPs based on certain principles, they were also evaluated using real life scenarios. Further, this study determined their impact on reducing flood damage from storms, and concluded with recommendations to the state for improving the procedures and planning process of HMPs. The counties that were evaluated were considered federal disaster areas under the community development block grant action plan. Eight evaluation principles were selected based on content analysis and coding drawn from federal emergency management agency guidance documents and other hazard mitigation literature: (1) plan basics; (2) participation; (3) inter-organizational coordination; (4) hazard identification; (5) capability assessment; (6) goals; (7) proposed actions; and (8) monitoring. A combination of binary or ordinal scale were used to measure the eight plan quality principles. Results show that the principles that received the lowest scores were proposed action, monitoring and implementation and capability assessment. Additionally, results show that there is no coordination between the damages that occurred during hurricane sandy, tropical storm Lee and hurricane Irene in each county and their HMP overall resiliency score.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConstruction Research Congress 2016
Subtitle of host publicationOld and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan - Proceedings of the 2016 Construction Research Congress, CRC 2016
EditorsJose L. Perdomo-Rivera, Carla Lopez del Puerto, Antonio Gonzalez-Quevedo, Francisco Maldonado-Fortunet, Omar I. Molina-Bas
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages1528-1537
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780784479827
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
EventConstruction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan, CRC 2016 - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Duration: May 31 2016Jun 2 2016

Publication series

NameConstruction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan - Proceedings of the 2016 Construction Research Congress, CRC 2016

Other

OtherConstruction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan, CRC 2016
CountryPuerto Rico
CitySan Juan
Period5/31/166/2/16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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    Azimi, E., Gholitabar, S., & Griffis, F. H. (2016). Evaluation of New York State's County Plans for Disaster Resiliency. In J. L. Perdomo-Rivera, C. Lopez del Puerto, A. Gonzalez-Quevedo, F. Maldonado-Fortunet, & O. I. Molina-Bas (Eds.), Construction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan - Proceedings of the 2016 Construction Research Congress, CRC 2016 (pp. 1528-1537). (Construction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan - Proceedings of the 2016 Construction Research Congress, CRC 2016). American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784479827.153