In a partnership with Stevens Institute of Technology and the United Way of Hudson County, the Hoboken Historical Museum is set to kick off a series of events, both academic and entertaining, to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, the devastation it brought to Hoboken, and the community’s ongoing response.
The event, entitled “Hoboken One Year After Sandy: Lessons Learned about Preparedness, Resiliency and Community,” will kick off with an evening reception on Oct. 26 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and the full exhibit will be on display at the museum though July 6, 2014. And for Tuesday, Oct. 29, a full schedule of events has been planned that are free and open to the public.
The Museum is teaming up with a disaster relief counselor to help residents still recovering from Sandy.
The exhibit is also interactive, and offers visitors an opportunity to add their own stories from the storm to the museum’s archive. There will be a special area meant for personal reflection as well as chances to learn resiliency and preparedness strategies.
The date of the Oct. 29 program is no coincidence; it was purposely scheduled to fall on Sandy’s one-year anniversary. The event will begin at 10 a.m. with a special unveiling of the exhibit at the museum, located at 1301 Hudson St. The event will last until noon. Visitors will have the chance to walk through the exhibit and learn more about the Museum’s Sandy Community Outreach Program (see below).
At 1 p.m. at Stevens’ Babbio Center Auditorium, located at Sixth and River Streets, the public may attend a panel discussion entitled “After Hurricane Sandy: Lessons Learned for Bolstering Infrastructure Resilience.”
The discussion will feature Stevens professors Dr. Alan Blumberg and Dr. Michael Bruno, both climate experts, as well as representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Coast Guard.
The discussion will also be noteworthy because some of the speakers will release, for the first time, the preliminary findings from a study sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation summarizing lessons learned about building resiliency in transportation, energy, health service and communications systems in Sandy’s wake.
In the evening, at 7 p.m., at DeBaun Auditorium, located on Fifth Street between Hudson and River streets, the Museum and Stevens will host “Sandy in Hoboken: Reflections on Our Community’s Experience.” This show, of sorts, will tell the stories of Sandy survivors and volunteers in their own words.
Additionally, the program will provide information on counseling services for those still affected by the storm, courtesy of United Way Counseling Services and the Stevens Student Volunteers. Representatives from Stevens Technical Assistance will be on hand to assist homeowners with questions they may have about the continued recovery process.
Community outreach program
Starting on Oct. 17 and running through April, the museum will participate in another partnership with the United Way of Hudson County, this time to provide outreach to those affected by the storm and those who are still struggling to cope with its aftermath.
According to a release from the museum, a licensed disaster relief counselor will hold group and individual sessions to help anyone in the community who is still struggling with recovery from the storm.
For families and children, the counselor will be holding special talks on topics like “How to Speak to Children About Disasters,” which are scheduled for every other Thursday, not including Halloween. The first session is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the South Independence Conference Room in the Shipyard, located at the corner of Twelfth Street and Shipyard Lane. It is open to parents, grandparents, teachers, school administrators and counselors, and other guardians.
For more details on the counseling sessions, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a message for Donnelly at (201) 656-2240, with a name and contact number.
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