Super storm Sandy was the largest ever recorded Atlantic storm North of North Carolina. In the United States, Hurricane Sandy affected 24 states, including the entire eastern seaboard from Florida to Maine and even west to Michigan and Wisconsin. The most sever damage by far was suffered in New York and New Jersey.
While the storm surge hit on October 29, it's important to remember that even as the effect of Superstorm Sandy recedes from the news, there are still devastated areas that are without electricity, heat or hot water. There are buildings with sick or elderly residents struggling without enough food, water or heat, unable to walk well enough to get what they need. There are lower-income areas of hard-hit neighborhoods that have not gotten much attention. Businesses have been destroyed or displaced meaning loss of much needed jobs. Electric power is slowly coming back, but many residents in the storm-ravaged area are still cold, hungry and looking for answers as they enter post-Sandy and brace for more cold weather.
"This is going to be a massive, massive housing problem," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference Sunday, adding that some New York neighborhoods and buildings are in such bad shape that they won't have power for weeks or months.
The superstorm Sandy death toll now stands at 49 in New York, with 41 of those deaths in New York City. A total of 24 deaths were caused by Sandy in New Jersey, and five people were killed in Connecticut.
Many homes in the area are uninhabitable. A young woman, who lives in the affected area told reporters that her house is standing, but barely, and that she has been sleeping in the car outside trying to keep her emotions in check. "I'm trying to clean up, to understand what my next steps are."
"It feels like the apocalypse," one New Jersey resident agreed.
These people will need help for weeks if not months and life, for them, has changed forever. The need is so great it is overwhelming to both the victims and the resources available to help. 1.2.1. Foundation has pledged to provide some relief to one of the more devastated areas during their struggle to survive.
Our next event involves helping victims of Sandy.
"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."
- Dale Carnegie