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Focusing events like Superstorm Sandy have the potential to drastically alter the public policy environment, shift social priorities, and reprioritize economic investments. Documenting these shifts in different regions in the aftermath of a focusing event contributes to our understanding of how natural disasters combine with existing communication networks to influence political salience. Analyzing the discursive shifts that emerge in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy enables us to explore how a focusing event contributes to the political legitimacy of discourse that directly links energy infrastructure with climate change and addresses issues like system resilience and system adaptation. This research draws from an extensive set of focus groups and media analysis to assess how different stakeholders are framing climate adaptation and preparedness for electricity systems.