Today many people across our great nation suffer as a result of natures forces. As the east coast continues its recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy, millions are without the comforts of home as they were forced to evacuate. Shelters are overwhelmed and without electricity and heat. Meals will no doubt consist of non-perishables and perhaps the occasional barbecued delight when the weather permits.
For us here in the Midwest, life is routine as we prepare for the upcoming trick-or-treaters. U.S. Navy ships continue to riffle through the still impending uncompromising high currents in search of victims lost at sea and throughout the Great Lakes.
New York, still recovering from the emotional scars of past transgressions, must now heal from the devastation of mass flooding and multiple house fires. The New York Fire Department (NYFD) rapid response to multiple fires, trapped civilians, a crane dangling from a skyscraper, cars trapped by rising water in the many roadway tunnel systems, were compounded by gale force winds, continued downpours and relentless impending devastation.
New York and New Jersey received the brunt of Hurricane Sandy’s depredation; thus far, in total the borough of Queens had 80 homes destroyed by fire and many more to come in the future as a result of the 13′ record flooding. Throughout the east coast over 6 million are without power, and 17 deaths have been reported to be related to the hurricane. In addition, it is estimated there will be over $20 billion dollars in economic damages.
As the damage reports come in and the death toll rises, unfortunately those not living in the path of the hurricane’s wreckage will no doubt lose interest and concern over the devastation and ruins left behind. There were many other states affected to various degrees, however New York and New Jersey did get the worst of it. The states are (in alpha order); Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Vermont.
Americans are known as a nation of resilient re-builders and over-comers of great obstacles. Below are a few of the resources assisting the east coast through this tragedy. Please feel free to make a tax-deductible contribution to help those who are displaced and in need of our help here at home. Even the smallest of donations goes a long way when left with nothing but survival!
The Red Cross Disaster Relief:
Donations help the Red Cross provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by disasters like Hurricane Sandy. To donate, people can visit http://www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to someone’s local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
Red Cross donations can be made here:
The Salvation Army Disaster Relief:
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