My family and I have been very fortunate throughout this storm, a storm that made me eat my words when I thought this wasn’t going to be as bad as the weather channel was reporting before it hit. Parts of Long Island, here in Suffolk County, have gotten hit much worse than other parts of the Island. With downed trees and power lines everywhere blocking roads, to demolished homes caused by fallen trees, to flooded roads with debris everywhere, New Yorkers in the city and here took a big hit. Many homes on the water have been completely flooded or swept away. Driving around, you will find just about anything like boats sitting on lawns like lawn ornaments to just complete destruction like the 110 homes that were lost in a blaze in Breezy Point, Queens that remind so many of leveled cities during WWII. The images and stories tell it all.
Living on Long Island, we always knew there was a great possibility of something like this happening, though we never want to truly believe it. I have been through other storms, our last big one I can remember was Hurricane Gloria, which many today say that storm was not as bad as Hurricane Sandy which has left 90% of Long Island without electricity and major flooding due to the storm hitting at high tide which has wreaked havoc with our train and NYC subway systems. Today, we all worry about the limited supply of gas and the numerous supermarkets that lost electric and now have thrown out all refrigerated foods. (Update: Schumer: Port of New York Now Open for Fuel Transport, Helping to Alleviate Gas Shortage , but electricity could still take days for many).
Below are some links to share with others affected by the storm. If you can help your neighbors or volunteer with The Red Cross, do so. It’s TIME TO HELP ONE ANOTHER.
Click on the highlighted links below to go to that page. Will be updated as information is received.
FEMA – Disaster help and resources
NY Red Cross
For Small Business Owners – SBA
PETS Act – Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards
Gas Stations with fuel – Map created and run by High School kids (having issues connecting due to online traffic)
My heart goes out to all affected by Hurricane Sandy. -Steve (Veteran and Founder)