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You live and work in Hudson City, an eastern coastal city of about 2.5 million people. Hurricane Diane, a category four hurricane with wind speeds of 140 miles per hour, has just released 14 inches of rain, overflowing several rivers, disrupting public transportation and disrupting the power infrastructure. It has so far killed 190 people, and caused $1.8 billion in damage. You live in the Westside neighborhood that has been spared damage.
Written by Michael Cronin, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ & Volunteer Disaster Mental Health Leader, American Red Cross-Greater New York Region

Hudson City's Creation

The plan for developing this community case began about one year before Superstorm Sandy hit the New York/New Jersey metropolitan and coastal areas in October 2012. I was putting the finishing touches on this case as Sandy approached the areas where I live and work. This case is based on my 14 years of experience as a volunteer disaster mental health responder and trainer with the American Red Cross. The Hudson City case is not meant to provide disaster service training but to expose students to working with clients systems affected by a realistic disaster situation. I dedicate this case to all those affected by disasters, small and large, and the men and women who selflessly help the individuals, families, and communities recover and rebuild their lives.

To help students gain a visual appreciation for the true dimensions of a case such as Hudson City, I have provided a series of video clips communicating what the extent and effects of Superstorm Sandy which are available here. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has a section dedicated to Hurricane Sandy and the efforts towards helping residents recover.

My Goals For This Case

  • Discover

    Become acquainted with the individual organizations and people in this case and learn about the city’s dynamics.

  • Identify

    Learn how the larger social environment–culture, social policy, and social forces–affect the city.

  • Develop

    Develop your problem-solving skills through a four-phase interventive process: Engage, Assess, Intervene, and Evaluate.

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