The New York Academy of Medicine released a report this week outlining recommendations on how communities across the city can become better prepared to help senior citizens in the event of an emergency, including weather disasters such as Superstorm Sandy.

The organization, which studies health challenges that communities in urban populations face, said it began researching ways to improve preparedness for seniors immediately following the 2012 storm that left much of New York City crippled after ripping through the East Coast.

Many senior residents in Queens were left stranded, particularly in high-rise buildings in the Rockaways, after the hurricane. Emergency personnel had trouble locating and assisting them before the disaster hit, spurring the months of research NYAM put into the report before announcing its findings this week.

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