(NBC News) -- The damage and destruction from Superstorm Sandy was centered in New York and New Jersey, but recommendations from a presidential task force studying the storm's aftermath could affect anyone living anywhere near a coastline in the United States.
Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan says climate change means there will be more storms.
He headed up the task force that made 69 recommendations on how New York and New Jersey should rebuild and prepare for the next storm.
They include a new flood standard that means building homes a foot higher.
Donovan released the report in Brooklyn Monday, with Mayor Michael Bloomberg in agreement that Sandy may be just a beginning.
Bloomberg described the task force's recommendations as something that will help New York "not simply to rebuild what Sandy destroyed but also to prepare our region for the intense coastal storms and extreme weather events scientists tell us we have to get ready for."
-- Chris Clackum, NBC News reports