Stevens Institute of Technology and the Hoboken Historical Museum Announce Commemorative Hurricane Sandy Event

Hoboken Community Members are Invited to Share Personal Sandy Experiences at “Hoboken One Year after Sandy: Lessons Learned about Preparedness, Resiliency and Community

9/20/2013

Hoboken, N.J.—On Oct. 29, 2013, Stevens Institute of Technology and the Hoboken Historical Museum are hosting an event to observe the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy in Hoboken, N.J.

Hoboken One Year after Sandy: Lessons Learned about Preparedness, Resiliency and Community” will share lessons learned about bolstering infrastructure resilience and reflect on life during and after Sandy in Hoboken.

An afternoon session from 1-3 p.m. in Babbio Auditorium at Stevens will present preliminary lessons learned about protection and mitigation in urban flood zones. Confirmed speakers represent the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port of New York/New Jersey, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Northeastern University and Stevens.

“The partnership that has been established with the City of Hoboken is one that ultimately is a model of collaboration that can provide great value both to local communities and to the scientific community,” said Michael Bruno, dean of the Schaefer School of Engineering and Science at Stevens. “Highlighting this partnership to improve understanding of the evolution of threats to communities due to climate change, along with joint planning to ensure we optimally prepare, respond and recover from events such as Sandy, is one way we can leverage our lessons learned to benefit New Jersey and other communities around the globe.”

An evening event from 7-8:30 p.m. in DeBaun Auditorium at Stevens—a collaboration between Stevens and the Hoboken Historical Museum—will focus on the human side of Sandy in Hoboken. The event will feature up to 10 short stories that depict life in Hoboken during and after Sandy and share resources available to the community, including technical assistance, disaster preparedness information and counseling services.  Participants are invited to join the hosts for coffee and dessert in the Babbio Atrium following the event.

Members of the Hoboken and Stevens communities are encouraged to participate by sharing their own experiences, including inspirational tales, stories about how the storm changed lives and led to new personal and/or organizational endeavors, reflections on innovation during disasters, and talks that share images or objects that capture memories of that time.

Presentations must be submitted to www.stevens.edu/sandy by Oct. 8, 2013 and may include storytelling, musical, artistic or theatrical performances, or use of slides and video. The program coincides with the opening of the Hoboken Historical Museum’s exhibit, also entitled, “Hoboken One Year after Sandy: Lessons Learned about Preparedness, Resiliency and Community,” to open on Oct. 26, 2013.

“The Hoboken Historical Museum is pleased to be collaborating with Stevens Institute of Technology on a comprehensive examination of how our city was affected by Superstorm Sandy,” said Bob Foster, executive director of the Hoboken Historical Museum. “We can all help to make our community stronger through sharing our experiences.” 

About Stevens Institute of Technology

Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University®, is a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, N.J. overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Founded in 1870, technological innovation has been the hallmark and legacy of Stevens’ education and research programs for more than 140 years. Within the university’s three schools and one college, more than 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate with more than 350 faculty members in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment to advance the frontiers of science and leverage technology to confront global challenges. Stevens is home to three national research centers of excellence, as well as joint research programs focused on critical industries such as healthcare, energy, finance, defense and STEM education and coastal sustainability. The university is consistently ranked among the nation’s elite for return on investment for students, career services programs and mid-career salaries of alumni. Stevens is in the midst of a 10-year strategic plan, The Future. Ours to Create., designed to further extend the Stevens legacy to create a forward-looking and far-reaching institution with global impact.

About the Hoboken Historical Museum

Founded 1986, the Hoboken Historical Museum’s mission is to educate the public about Hoboken’s history, diverse culture, architecture and historic landmarks. In 2001, the Museum moved into one of the oldest buildings on the waterfront, in the former Bethlehem Steel shipyard, at 1301 Hudson St., Hoboken, where it maintains a series of rotating exhibits. The museum is open six days a week, 2-7 p.m. on Tues.-Thurs., 1-5 p.m. on Fridays, and noon-5 p.m. on weekends. It offers special exhibits, tours, events and lectures, as well as educational programs for adults and children on a weekly basis. An updated schedule of events and an online catalog of many items in its collections are available at www.hobokenmuseum.org. The museum is a not-for-profit tax-exempt 501(c) entity.