A bulldozer in front of destroyed homes on January 13, 2013 in Lavallette, New Jersey, as clean up continued after Hurricane Sandy struck the shore in October 2012. (Credit: Glynnis Jones/Shutterstock) A bulldozer in front of destroyed homes on January 13, 2013 in Lavallette, New Jersey, as clean up continued after Hurricane Sandy struck the shore in October 2012. (Credit: Glynnis Jones/Shutterstock)

As the tenth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaches, it is important to take a look back at this devastating storm with an eye on how businesses can better prepare for future extreme weather events.

With a monumental diameter of around 900 miles at its greatest extent, Superstorm Sandy was the deadliest windstorm to occur in the north-eastern U.S. for 40 years and is the third costliest hurricane in U.S. history (after Katrina in 2005 and Ida in 2021). It incurred around $30 billion in insured losses and over $60 billion in economic damages. But the human cost was even more devastating — more than 280 people died, including at least 54 direct deaths in Haiti and over 70 in the U.S. Many thousands were left without shelter.

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