Some impacts from the effects of Sandy hitting the Northeast US:
~ Some 5 million people in the tri-state (NY/NJ/CT) area alone are without power.
~ NYSE has been closed 2 days; the last time it happened was during the 1888 Blizzard.
~ NYC subway systems are flooded, the worst devastation in its 108 year history.
In the midst of this, people are helping each other. There was a story on the local ABC news channel about residents who heard of a building in Manhattan without water, and upon hearing the broadcast, showed up with cases of water. There are opportunities to be good neighbors, to volunteer if you can. Here are some places to contact if you would like to help:
Volunteer in NJ – http://www.nj.gov/governor/news/news/552012/approved/20121029b.html
Volunteer in one of the NYC Boroughs – https://www.facebook.com/nycservice
Want to see if help is needed through area churches? Try http://www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Resources/News-Stories/2012/October/Millions-Fear-Storm
I’m sure there are plenty of other places to check – the point is, if you are able and willing, it would be much appreciated! I know I will be calling the NJ hotline since I will be here at least another day. Maybe I’ll see you there!
- HURRICANE #SANDY Emergency Shelter Volunteers Needed! (friendsofebonie.com)
- ‘Absolute Devastation’ Caused by Storm in NJ, Christie Says – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- how to get help or offer help in the nyc area (orgtheory.wordpress.com)
- Bank Waives Fees For NY, NJ and CT Residents Impacted By Hurricane Sandy (askthemoneycoach.com)