The Economic Impact of Hurricane Sandy

In this lesson, students think about the economic impact of a natural disaster such as Hurricane Sandy, learn the difference between macro- and micro-level effects of natural disasters, and allocate funds to recovery efforts following Sandy.


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Lesson Plan

At the end of October 2012, Hurricane Sandy struck the Northeast US, devastating many cities, towns and communities. Current estimates list Sandy as the second costliest mega-storm in US history, after the first, Hurricane Katrina, in 2005. In total, Sandy is likely to cost upwards of $50 billion in recovery efforts.

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Niall Brennan

Niall Brennan Niall is a professor in the Department of Communication at Fairfield University and holds a Ph.D in Media and Communications. Niall is a well-traveled educator and has taught across the globe from Brazil to the UK. He has also worked in publishing, advertising and information systems in New York City. When he’s not teaching, Niall enjoys cooking, photography and spending time with his best friend and dog, Harry.