Here I will be posting ongoing stories and reports from the east coast. A friend has agreed for me to share her updates from her perspective of what is happening in New Jersey. Although she was not in the hard hit area, she has many friends who were.
Volunteers needed: You can help with Sandy cleanup Volunteers are needed to help clean up Sandy. Having a clear plan is critical at times like this and a need to be organized with clear communication. This site has links to many organizations that are looking for volunteers. Please have a look if you are considering traveling to the area. Reports a serious for the level of chaos they are having.
November 03-2012 Supporting friends and
The people who live next to me had a home in Orley Beach, NJ. Their friend stayed behind and took pics of Hurricane Sandy’s damage. There is a pic of a room with nicely made beds in this email or the last – that house was moved – the downstairs destroyed but the upstairs was untouched – beds still made – lamp perfect on the night table, etc.
As my neighbor showed me the pics, I heard “Gone” over and over again: My boat is gone, my shed is gone, my bikes are gone, etc. I reapeatedly heard, That house doesn’t belong there.”
I can’t imagine the debris that will wash up on the shore for months. Her son bought a house at the shore last March and the next month the Sunday paper had an article saying beach front would move in land to the Garden State Parkway.
We are still processing the info that comes in. Power is still out to millions. Gas lines were worse than the gas shortage in the 1970’s and now we fuel up on odd / even days.
We realize more and more how unprepared we are, how those in need do not adequately communicate their needs, and how limited resources affect all.
Everyone is emotionally drained. My cousin runs a library, now open extra hours as a warming center, a place to recharge phones, no internet available there. We are not near the shore. Natural gas lines had to be turned off there. My husband’s office mate had a friend bring fuel for his generator from New York State north of Albany. New Jersey people drove to Pennsylvania to get gas for their cars and created gas lines there.