South Street Seaport Museum
unveiled High Water Mark Initiative
NYC Office of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in partnership with the South Street Seaport Museum unveiled new high water mark sign to promote public awareness about storm surge risk
Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 9am
South Street Seaport Museum announced their participation in FEMA’s High Water Mark Initiative. The district-wide signage included the high water mark left after Hurricane Sandy and was unveiled at an event on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 9am. Seaport Museum director Captain Jonathan Boulware along with Council Member Margaret Chin, community advocate and former CB1 Chair Catherine McVay Hughes, Frank McCarton, OEM Deputy Commissioner for Operations, unveiled the High Water Mark Initiative Signs followed by brief remarks.
“These high water mark signs help remind us of the extensive, challenging, and rewarding recovery and resiliency work we’ve done in collaboration with New York City and New York State. We’ve done some great work together to ensure that the next time a major coastal flood hits, we’re better prepared and our losses will be significantly reduced,” said Jerome Hatfield, Regional Administrator, FEMA Region 2.
The impact of Hurricane Sandy and the close calls from Hurricane Joaquin in 2015 and Hurricane Hermine this past September show that hurricanes pose a real threat to the City,” said NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito. “These new signs will help remind New Yorkers of the life-threatening danger that hurricanes bring to coastal communities.”
“The South Street Seaport Museum and its historic buildings were devastatingly flooded during Sandy, as were many businesses, homes, and communities throughout New York. Today, on the 4th anniversary of that terrible event, we join with our partners in City and Federal government, with our community and friends, to mark the day and to look to the future. Although Sandy was a one-time event, a storm like this will occur again, and we must be prepared. We look forward to working with our colleagues toward a more resilient New York City.” Said Captain Jonathan Boulware, Executive Director, South Street Seaport Museum.
As part of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), the High Water Mark (HWM) Initiative is a community-based awareness program that increases local communities’ awareness of flood risk and encourages action to mitigate that risk. As part of the project, communities post HWM signs in prominent places, hold a high-profile launch event to unveil the signs, conduct ongoing education to build local awareness of flood risk, and complete mitigation actions to build community resilience against future flooding. More information about the HWM Initiative can be found at the link below.
ABOUT SOUTH STREET SEAPORT MUSEUM
South Street Seaport Museum is a non-profit cultural institution located in the heart of the historic Seaport district in New York City. Founded in 1967, the South Street Seaport Museum preserves and interprets the history of New York as a great port city. Designated by Congress as America’s National Maritime Museum, the Museum houses galleries and education spaces, working nineteenth century print shops, a maritime library, a maritime craft center, and a fleet of historic vessels that all work to tell the story of “Where New York Begins.”