As many ski areas are beginning to open across the country now and we skiers and snowboarders anticipate our first turns of the season, there are still the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Many of these folks have plenty more on their minds and probably wish the cold weather would take a miss on New York and New Jersey for the upcoming Winter.
Some people will be clearing their yardsÂ of debris, pumping out basements full of sea water and contacting their insurance agents to recoup the damages. However, there are also those unfortunate enough to have suffered complete devastation. These folks lost it all. Gone are houses full of memories, family pictures, furniture and pretty much everything else they held dear. Some of the losses can’t be replaced, only remembered. Some even lost family members.
Here is an email from my cousin who lives in New Jersey:
Just got your Facebook message on Sunday, Nov. 4 when the Middletown Library opened for the first time in 6 days and I could get to a computer. I’m fine.
Electricity came back on Friday after being out for about 4 days. Lost just one tree atÂ our house. Worst hurricane-noreaster I have ever experienced in my life. Winds 60 mph, heavy rain, but the water surge on the Atlantic Ocean and the Raritan Bay was incredible.
So much devastation. In this one little town called Union Beach near me 31 homes gone. Beautiful boardwalks in Monmouth County towns of Belmar and Spring Lake gone. In Ocean County, the beach towns of Mantoloking, Bay Head, Lavallette, Seaside, Brick on what they call the barrier islands destroyed. Long Beach Island which is comprised of about 8 towns in southern Ocean County unlivable. It was awful but I am okay. Hope you are doing okay on the West Coast. Take care.
So many of these victimsÂ who do have houses still upright, have not yet had their power restored. Now, the onslaught continues as a classic Nor’easter is bearing down and will affectÂ New Jersey and states northwards to Maine. Residents in Sandy’s hard hit areas are being asked to evacuate again as the latest storm is projected to be strong. High wind gustsÂ from 50-60 mphÂ and snow are forecast through the region and the winds will have an ample supply of leftover debris to blow about.
GiveÂ what you can, as everything helps, the residents need it and I am sure it will be appreciated.
Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Articles:
Local New Jersey Papers:
How To Prepare You & Your Family For A Disaster:
- Red Cross Tools & Resources List
- 72Hours.org – Â Are You Prepared?
- Ready.gov – Be Prepared, Make A Plan, Build A Kit