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The New York Permaculture Meetup Message Board Hurricane Sandy Response › Designing for Preparedness, Resilience, Relief and Recovery

Designing for Preparedness, Resilience, Relief and Recovery

user 53669382
New York, NY
Post #: 9
If like many of us, you’ve been thinking ‘What does Permaculture have to offer us?’ here are more resources and a way to self-organize and get involved:

  • Spread the word! Monday, Nov 19 / 7-9PM: Andrew Faust will be giving a talk at the Brooklyn Commons and addressing specifically the strategy of decentralizing power generation and distribution systems.
  • A Hurricane Sandy Response Group has been created on the Northeastern Permaculture Networks’s social networking site, hosted on NING. It’s free to join, and this is one place to plug into (and also try to mobilize) the wider Permaculture community beyond NYC.
  • In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, permaculturists formed PermaCorps International to work for the immediate and long term sustainable recovery of Haiti. We can learn more about the kinds of responses that were effective there.

user 53669382
New York, NY
Post #: 11
At the Nov. 10 (2012) Permaculture Festival hosted by Park Slope Permaculture Guild - Keith Morris catalyzed/revived a discussion about PermaCorps International and opportunities to use regenerative design solutions to meet needs in the wake of the storm/flooding and design resilient systems in the long-term. Sarah Baxendell, an organizer for reported on activities in Brooklyn and Rockaway, Queens and underscored the on-the-ground reality that many are not able to meet Immediate Needs (food, water, shelter, medical assistance).

Many people expressed interest in helping/participating whether re: immediate assistance, (permaculture-izing) clean-up, construction/re-building, or developing neighborhood resilience centers.
A NING group was created as way for interested people to stay connected with each other and our collective permaculture-y efforts rather than putting more work-pressure on relief networks for coordinating.

The main take-aways from the meeting:
1. get on-the-ground and see for yourself (and go local)
2. once you're on the ground connect directly with the people and needs present
3. do this through a permaculture lens and share/document the results
4. use this NING or other means to connect with others to do it together.
(combined notes with Alice)
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