Keep Calm and Carrying On in the Wake of Sandy

RESTORATION OF NYC’S PUBLIC TRANSIT SYSTEM ON TRACK, NOV. 1, 2012

SUPERSTORM AFTERMATH: HOLDING IT TOGETHER FOR THE LONG HAUL

Days after Hurricane Sandy slammed the East Coast and left behind a path of destruction and despair, round-the-clock efforts are underway to restore some sense of normalcy in the Tri-state area (NY, NJ, Conn.). Keep in mind government resources and funding, aid from private/corporate sectors and essentially everyone’s patience will be stretched thin during this recovery process. Believe me, it will be long and costly so do whatever you can to help improve the situation: be responsible, volunteer, donate, console each other in prayer, offer a word of encouragement, share a comforting smile or hug and be accountable as emphasized by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during Friday’s press conference.

I reflect on this today as millions cope with personal loss and remain without power, awaiting food, water and adequate health care (New York Daily News reporting Friday that Beth Israel Medical Center is last hospital standing in lower Manhattan). I reflect on this today as tempers flare and stress levels rise amid a grim death toll, electric and gas shortages, major transit delays and NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s refusal to call off the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday, just miles away from storm-ravaged Staten Island victims pleading for help. I reflect on all this today because I speak as a Caribbean hurricane survivor whose family lost everything in the 1995 storm that hit the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. My mom, an unshakable spirit, somehow endured nearly 10 hours alone in a dark, tiny closet as violent winds ripped her two-story home to shreds. Years later, we’re both grateful we can calmly look back on something so traumatic and reach out to others in need, knowing how much it affects you for the rest of your life.

Ultimately, we are all in this together and can find a way to make a difference.

Recommended:

American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/

NY Red Cross: http://www.nyredcross.org/

FEMA/Hurricane Sandy: http://www.fema.gov/sandy

NYC Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo: http://www.governor.ny.gov/

NYC.gov: http://www.nyc.gov/html/index.html

NBCUniversal’s Hurricane Sandy ‘Coming Together’ live benefit concert (airing Friday night, Nov. 2, 2012): http://www.nbc.com/hurricane-sandy-coming-together/

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