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Introduction

The Department of Sanitation generally uses large-scale industrial facilities for their operations. There are at least 59 such facilities in New York City. Fifteen of these facilities are located within the five SIRR flood zones.


Special Resilience Considerations


Flood
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Brooklyn Garage 1/4, damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Source: Google Maps
Events


Generally, sanitation facilities are industrial in nature, and often include garages and other storage. This lends itself well to wet floodproofing measures because it can be utilized in non-residential spaces composed of masonry construction, such as parking garages. Wet floodproofing design measures, combined with emergency plans that identify all materials and equipment that must be relocated in a flood event, can support the possibility of continuous operation of sanitation operations during a calamitous event. Safe-fail techniques can also be utilized to mitigate damage from flood waters.

High Wind Events
Careful consideration should be given to securing loose materials on the exterior and interior of the building to ensure that they do not become missiles. Special care should be taken to anchor any exterior mechanical or service equipment that is a component of communications or building services that are essential to the building's functioning.

Power Outages
Utility systems design should be designed to accommodate power failure events that occur in any weather condition. Natural gas-powered should be used in order to operate communications and essential building functions. Quick connects can be installed to ease transition to backup power.

Other Upgrades

In addition to disaster resilience, attention should also be paid to everyday use. Sanitation facilities might be good candidates for geothermal systems and on-site water remediation, especially as examples of our "greening" waste management practices.


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