When we heard about hurricane Irene, earlier in the year, we decided to evacuate. While our zone is not a flood zone and our evacuation was not mandatory, our guts told us we needed to get to higher ground. As we all know hurricane Irene was not a major issue in the NYC area and since then we let our guard down a little. When we heard about hurricane Sandy, we questioned whether or not we should get in the car and drive west for a few hours. The inconvenience, drama and extra expense of evacuating did not fit the plans this time and we decided to stay. We got supplies like canned food, water, candles, flashlights, etc. Of course there’s always something.... it didn’t occur to me to fill up the tank with gas (no precedent of gas shortage after a storm).
Hurricane Sandy was declared “the storm of the century.” The devastation is unimaginable in different parts of NY. Flooded basements in areas that people wouldn’t have ever consider carrying flood insurance. Staten Island was by far the most affected area within the City and of course Atlantic City, NJ was the point of Sandy’s entrance.
While our neighborhood was spared, others were not as fortunate. Now is the time to unite as New Yorkers and help those less fortunate than us. We need to help relieve the pain of the most affected and join in the reconstruction of this great City.
If any of you are interested in making a donation to the hurricane victims in need or just want to read more about the disaster, please visit http://rockcenter.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/01/14861838-hurricane-sandy-how-you-can-help?lite