Let's Talk About Sandy For A Bit

By Young1s Latest Reply 2012-11-12 13:24:51 -0600
Started 2012-11-02 01:11:01 -0500

What can I say. This one had me worried for good reason. While I do live on the east coast, I'm at a high enough elevation that most storms don't shake me, mentally or physically. This one did.

From what I can understand, Sandy was over 1000 miles long, effected 21 out of the 50 states, had winds of up to 70+ mph winds and had rain on one end and snow on the other. All this even before she touched land and was downgraded to a fierce tropical storm. Really!?! And then a final "thought I was gone, b**ches", was met with a micro-burst storm the next day. That one was felt here as well.

This storm was a meteorologists dream but will be a nightmare for millions of us, for the upcoming months. She was vast, angry, destructive and everlasting. I was one a lucky few who were not effected by much than a major mind scare. But we all know someone who has been dealt a much worse blow.

So, I open this discussion for us all to express all the well wishes and prayers that we can muster. To try to inform each other of what we can do within our communities and beyond to repair lives, properties, etc, so that things can start to get back to normal. To, and I hesitate to say, be line of communication for the families of members who may no longer be with us. And even to talk about the things that happened during the storm that were funny, weird, angered us, you name it. Because just like with our D, it's the off the wall things that happen that manage to get us/motivate us to push through the most difficult times in our lives.

10 replies

mystikfairy61 2012-11-11 12:12:28 -0600 Report

I live in the mountains of NC and although we didn't get the direct impact from Sandy, we did get 15+ inches of snow. Luckily we didn't lose power. Things are back to normal for us now, but thanks for the prayers.

tabby9146 2012-11-03 16:45:56 -0500 Report

I've prayed for them daily and will continue to do so. I have helped through my community, where many have gone up there to bring things to help.

watson4042 2012-11-03 11:33:32 -0500 Report

my prayers and thoughts have been non-stop for the east coast. i'm glad to read that you made it thru along with our other east coast brothers and sisters. haven't heard anything about a telethon, but, then again i'm west coast. california is still here and not in the ocean as predicted by so many east coasters over the years and a storm like sandy would devastate us also. there's a lesson to be learned here by all. god bless.

Young1s 2012-11-02 19:49:41 -0500 Report

Just wanted to say, there is a telethon airing on NBC (check your local listings) right now, call Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together. I believe it is sponsored by the Red Cross. Please check it out if you can.

If you are unable to see it but still want to help, you can send donations a number of ways: through text message, tweeting, visiting the red cross website or calling their 1-800 number.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-11-02 12:53:50 -0500 Report

My thoughts and prayers go out to all on the East Coast. People will need housing, clothing, food, and a place to go if their homes were destroyed. Give to the food banks in those areas if possible. Our city sent two medic crews and a medical supply truck with four medics to New Jersey, and our power company is sending repair crews to New Jersey and New York as soon as they get all of the power restored here at home. Say a prayer for all the police and fire crews who are not with their families because they are helping others. Thankfully I did not lose power and am glad the last storm knocked over the tree in my yard. I was worried about the lady behind me who is a senior. I checked on her Monday and Tuesday and kept an eye on my neighbor across the street. I kept my phone charged in the event I lost power. The Community Relations Sgt. in my police district was checking on me every 4 hours to make sure I was okay. They visited every senior building in the district making sure seniors didn't need medication or food and water.

Young1 now is the time for people to help each other. In fact this should be done on a regular basis. Tuesday night I was washing dishes when my text alert came on. It was a text from the District Commander saying an officer told him two houses had collapsed and severely damaged an occupied house. My sister and I went to the scene (three blocks from my house). I made a phone call to get someone else to the scene. We found the management company on site of the occupied home. They immediately put the family in a hotel and a neighbor took in their cat. Their house will be repaired and I gave them contact information for the city's housing agency to assist with the repairs. You have to give back to your community. People need help not only during a storm as bad as this one but throughout the year.

Today I went to a market opening and while a fellow community leader and I were driving through the community, we came across a church giving out fresh veggies. We got a case of green beans, lettuce and coleslaw and divided it into bags and gave it to seniors who we knew needed it. One of my neighbors said "You know I try to help everyone even if it is my last dollar because you never know when help will knock on your door." So please try to help each other when you can.

Young1s 2012-11-02 19:37:34 -0500 Report

Well said Joyce. Too often it takes something like this to remind us of the daily kindnesses that ought be done. Not because we have to or are getting something out of it, but because it's the right and decent thing to do. The satisfaction of knowing that you are helping out your neighbor or your fellow human being should be reward enough.

Young1s 2012-11-02 01:13:37 -0500 Report

My prayers and well wishes are with all of our family members who can't be with us at this time. I hope to hear for you all real soon.

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