Hurricane Sandy-NYC

New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation

On October 29, 2012 massive flooding and high winds caused by Hurricane Sandy devastated entire northeastern seaboard. The storm surge hit New York City on October 29, 2012, flooding streets, tunnels and subway lines and cutting power in and around the city. Hurricane Sandy was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, and the second-costliest hurricane in United States history causing about $75 billion dollars in damage.

The storm surge created by Hurricane Sandy caused extensive damage to major medical institutions in New York City. The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation’s (NYCHHC) Bellevue Hospital Center and Coney Island Hospital had to be evacuated after multiple electrical and mechanical systems failed. The damaged facilities posed unique circumstances which required specific logistical considerations, building assessments, vendor relations, contract management, historical property concerns, environmental considerations and customized project-management strategies. BASE Tactical learned about each facility and the communities affected by the damage, and helped to create strategies in order to achieve maximum efficiencies in restoring operations and redevelopment. We functioned as consultants while allowing our clients to manage the areas they know best. Our staff focused on specific needs and brought effort and expertise to issues which exceeded the HHC’s capabilities or resources. The key to the success of our consulting relationships were our efforts to improve communications between HHC departments, New York State, and FEMA.

BASE Tactical worked with the NYCHHC to aid in the billion dollar recovery effort. BASE Tactical President John Levy was responsible for the second largest FEMA award ever and the largest award under FEMA’s 428 program. This $1.7B allocation will go to repairing and protecting New York City’s hospitals.

Mr. Levy advised officials on emergency repairs and stabilization of the City’s most critical medical institutions. During this time, the team oversaw the remediation and stabilization of these facilities, coordinated environmental experts and structural engineers, and established protocols for repair cost estimating for use in FEMA project worksheets. The BASE Tactical team successfully stabilized these facilities in fewer than 91 days, and our assistance in negotiating contractor agreements saved the City more than $20M.