After major storms like Katrina and Sandy, federal policies around flood insurance have changed dramatically. In New York City, this could mean not only a much larger flood zone, but much higher flood insurance costs for many homeowners. How does flood insurance work? Who needs to get it? How much will it cost? And how do you figure out which flood zone you’re in?

CUP collaborated with the Center for NYC Neighborhoods and designers Manuel Miranda Practice and Schema to create Weathering the Storm. This interactive digital tool breaks down flood insurance, how it’s changing, and what that means for NYC’s homeowners.

The Center for NYC Neighborhoods is using Weathering the Storm as part of their FloodHelpNY outreach initiative throughout New York State.

Visit Weathering the Storm here.

Resources & Links

The Center for NYC Neighborhoods promotes and protects affordable homeownership in New York so that middle- and working-class families are able to build strong, thriving communities. Established by public and private partners, the Center meets the diverse needs of homeowners throughout New York State by offering free, high quality housing services. 

Manuel Miranda Practice (MMP) is a graphic design studio based in the Lower East Side of New York City. MMP works with individuals and organizations to graphically articulate their values, ideas, products, services, and spaces to the public. 

Schema is a research and design firm. We solve complex information problems through technology, data, design, and art. We create tools and experiences that turn information into action. 

Funding Support

This project was made possible through the generous support of Capital One.


  • CUP
    • Project Lead
    • Christine Gaspar

    • The Center for NYC Neighborhoods
    • Advocacy Partner
    • Caroline Nagy
    • Christie Peale
    • Matthew Hassett
    • Manuel Miranda Practice
    • Graphic Designer
    • Manuel Miranda
    • Schema
    • Interaction Designers and Developers
    • Christian Marc Schmidt
    • Hart Boyd
    • Rachel Ulgado