The news is full of disaster footage today in the wake of Hurricane Sandy making landfall. Photos of Manhattan subway lines submerged in water are only the beginning. As a veteran of Hurricane Katrina, I know this dance far too well.
As the waters ebb and we are able to get more accurate info from the ground, I fear the bad news will keep on mounting. You see, the storm hitting is only the beginning. In it’s wake will come the counting of the bodies, the battling with insurance assessors, and the long slow grind of finding a way to bounce back from the losses she brought.
If it follows the pattern we have seen with other disasters, we will see many new faces entering the ranks of the homeless.
Our thoughts are with the East Coast today. Our friends and colleagues, the people weathering the aftermath from incarceration, the people with no home to go to for shelter – these are all on our minds today.
There are going to be rough weeks ahead, there is no doubt of that. You will find yourselves bonding with neighbors in ways never expected. You will experience the disconnect between your reality and the news reporting. You will find an inner strength you never suspected. And that is only the beginning. Trust me, I know from experience.
From our team on the West Coast and our blogger on the Gulf Coast we send our best hopes to all of you!
- Hurricane Sandy Update (iacquire.com)
- Hurricane Sandy Makes a Big Impact on the East Coast (mahoganywanderlust.com)
- How My Four Dogs and I Are Preparing for Hurricane Sandy (dogster.com)
- Watch: Hurricane Sandy: Video of Explosion at NYC Con Edison Plant (abcnews.go.com)
- Hurricane Sandy: US economy braced to take £15bn hit (telegraph.co.uk)