By Estelle Sobel Erasmus
I recall the events of a year ago like it was just today. We got my daughter home from preschool early, because a storm was raging outside. A storm that quickly became a hurricane. Hurricane Sandy.
For some reason, I had just filled up my gas tank a few days earlier, because we went to an early Halloween party several miles away from us. I had also just done all my laundry, even though I usually do it every other week. We had a full refrigerator. We’d even gone out to buy condo insurance to make sure that if anything did happen we’d at least be able to get back on our feet.
First the power went out. My husband rushed home from work when I called, a pizza in his hands. He said the place was overrun with anxious customers. Then, I wasn’t able to find my parents who live in the same town (they didn’t use cell phones at the time). As the storm raged, my husband located a battery-powered radio and we hunkered down to listen to the havoc outside. The neighbors in our building also gathered together in the hallways and we made friends while basking in the heat provided by the generators. We also had flashlights (I said no to candles) and I also had my daughter put on her light-up shoes. I used my phone to stay in touch with friends on Facebook, which became a huge source of great information during the trying weeks ahead.
We were ok. I worried all night that a tree would come flying through our windows, and kept an ever-vigilant watch while my daughter slept peacefully in the bed between us (I wouldn’t have it any other way for that one night. The first night). It goes without saying that there was widespread damage. We got off comparatively lightly as our guttering took a hit, showing some signs of damage and clogged with debris. We ended up using a service similar to Clean Pro Gutter Cleaning Tampa in order to restore the guttering so that it would not become a great problem in the long run.
Others had a bad time of it. A tragic time of it. That’s why I am sharing the news about the Save the Children’s Emergency Preparedness Campaign called Get Ready, Get Safe
Here is a video, showing Hurricane Sandy’s ongoing impact on children. The video and other resources such as checklists (for families and caregivers) can be found here: www.savethechildren.org/sandy and www.savethechildren.org/checklists.
Here is more information from the campaign, Get Ready, Get Safe.
Everyone needs to check out this infographic and share it. Even better, contact your child’s school or your local church or temple and find out if it has an emergency preparedness plan. If not, suggest one!
Thank you to the PANJ4Good Team for the information covered on this post. I did not receive any compensation for writing this; I’m doing it to spread the word to help families, because I believe it’s important to prepare for these situations.
What helped you and your family get through Hurricane Sandy?