I had planned to write something entirely different today. I actually had a couple of ideas but as Sandy got bigger and closer, my ideas got smaller and fainter. As I searched for trivia and anecdotes, storm warnings got more ominous. As I wrote a few lighthearted sentences, people were told to evacuate. When I tried to capture an image, the images of flooded subways and waterfalls over the edge of ground zero eclipsed the one on the back of my camera.
I have never lived through a hurricane but I do have an understanding and respect for the power of one. As hard as the wind blows, it's the water that causes the most damage. A storm surge of 13 feet, with torrential rain, is devastating. Water is a tremendous force. Any vehicle in the path of a storm surge will easily be swept away, houses will be swept of their foundations, huge buildings can collapse. Whole neighborhoods, even small towns, can be washed away.
And then it passes, you think, but then the back end of the storm hits.
Once it finally ends, it will take time for the water to recede. The ground is saturated, water will have to be pumped out.
Two of the collaborators for this blog live on the east coast, Judy Salcedo and Carol Albers, and we were all worried about them. Many of us have friends and relatives on the east coast and we are worried about them. Our local news showed people stranded at our airport, waiting, wondering and worrying about their loved ones on the east coast.
As I sat here in my dry, warm house, I wondered what I could do.
Situations like this bring out the best in people. So many want to help. I want to share a couple of ways you can help too.
One way is to go to your local blood bank and see it they are taking donations. The blood centers on the east coast have been closed, obviously, and are calling for donations.
Another way is through the Red Cross. My local chapter has already left with supplies to help. I'm sure across the country the same thing is happening.
-Visit their website-www.redcross.org
-You can call your local chapter or the 800 number-1-800-RED CROSS
-You can text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10.00 donation (it will show up on your phone bill)
-You can mail your donation to your local chapter or American Red Cross
Washington, D.C. 20013
Situations like this bring out the best in people, unfortunately, it also brings out the worst in people. Please be careful choosing you way to help. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
If you were in or near the storms path, give us a shout out in the comments to tell us how you are. Share your stories and pictures with us. Even if you were not affected by this storm, share with us about one that did affect you.
And be sure to let us know of other ways to help.
"I wondered why somebody didn't do something. Then I realized, I am somebody." ~Author Unknown