Jim McMahon's Sandy flood and sea level elevation map of Red Hook

Jim McMahon's Sandy flood and sea level elevation map of Red Hook

PortSide Intro to Assessing Your Flood Risk in Red Hook

This blogpost will give you a basic intro to understanding how flood waters pile up, the effects of tide + surge + wind, and how to then assess your Red Hook flood risk by reading an elevation map such as the one Red Hook cartographer Jim McMahon recreated for the neighborhood. PortSide is developing programs that will build on the information in this blogpost to help Red Hook better prepare for future floods.

Recovery & Resiliency info & assistance

Sandy Recovery information assembled by the Brooklyn Recovery Fund of the Brooklyn Community  Foundation.  Sign up for their weekly e-newsletter of recovery info by emailing Brianna McKinney

Red Hook Flood mitigation group a site created by homeowners in Red Hook, Brooklyn to share information relating to Sandy recovery and future flood mitigation. You are welcome to join!

Red Hook Volunteers offer clean-up and rebuilding assistance. Contact them for help or to volunteer!

Free Stress Counseling Services in Red Hook

  • Red Hook Project Hope has been working in Red Hook since soon after the Sandy and provides free, anonymous, emotional support services to residents affected by Sandy, as well as connections to recovery resources. They are based at the Red Hook Justice Center and will be working in the community until early 2014. Contact David Rood-Ojalvo, tel (917) 671-7179, Espanol (646) 753-0119 david.rood-ojalvo@ccbq.org
  • Visiting Nurse Service of New York offers clinically trained in-home therapy sessions if you are feeling stressed out or overwhelmed by Sandy-related issues.
  • Community Health Advocates is providing health care services and information to individuals, families, and small businesses.
  • NIA Community Services Network offers individual and group counseling sessions, and post-trauma care workshops.  Please direct all questions to Sal Turchio at sturchio@niabklyn.org or at 718-236-5266 Counselor hours are: Emily Kleine - Wednesdays, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm; Lara Eisenberg - Thursdays, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. (Lara habla Español)

An excellent event called Storm Preparedness For Small Business provided preparedness tips that are also useful for home owners and non-profits.  SBIDC set up this program which was run by The Dewberry Group which studied three Sandy case histories in Red Hook before coming up with their recommendations. Get their info on our Storm Prep webpage


Help two seniors get back home

Bring Clyde & Jean Back Home: We'd like to give a special shout out to a late-breaking fundraising campaign, launched 9/1/13 to get Clyde and Jean back into their Red Hook home at 130 Van Dyke Street. Clyde uses a wheelchair.  The rebuilding effort for these seniors has been led by some very caring neighbors, most of whom who were themselves flooded by Sandy, with the assistance of Grace Church in Brooklyn Heights. They seek to raise $10,000 to finish the work. Please help bring Clyde and Jean back home! 

PortSide maintained a blogpost with Sandy recovery info which we updated as new info came in.  This link reflects where the page was when we left off in Spring 2013.  For current info, see the Brooklyn Community Foundation, Brooklyn Recovery Fund Sandy Recovery Resources page.