After the Storm
Hurricane Sandy hit us hard (harder in some places than others) and millions have been left without power while others have been left without homes and personal belongings. I hope each and every one of you is safe and sound somewhere and doing as well as can be expected. No matter what situation you are currently in, here are a few tips for handling the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
- First and foremost is stay inside. Unless it’s absolutely necessary for you to travel, stay in your house so the roadways are clear for the emergency responders and clean up crews. It’s important that they are able to get to where they are needed as quickly as possible so things can get back to normal. This is also for your safety as many places are still without power which means no stoplights, etc.
- Be neighborly. Now is the time to help each other out. I know some people who are getting by strictly because their neighbors let them tap into their generators to run the fridge or are offering them a hot shower. Even if it’s just letting someone charge their cellphone at your house if you have power and they don’t, the smallest acts of kindness are important right now.
- Be wary. Whether it’s cleaning up your yard or personal safety, be wary. If you are out cleaning up the aftermath of Sandy, make sure you’re safe and there aren’t any branches hanging by a thread that might fall on you or downed power lines in water. Also notice your surroundings. There’s been some minor looting going on with power being out. Make sure you keep your doors locked and be aware of what’s happening around you.
- Bundle up. It’s cold out there. If you’re without power for days, wear layers, use blankets and quilts, camp out in the living room if needed but be sure to stay warm!
- Conserve water. Currently, New Jersey is asking that all residents conserve water. Take short showers (or skip a day) and leave the dishes for another day.
- Be careful when out. If you do leave your house, be careful. Traffic lights being out means it is more likely for accidents to occur. Also remember that people are still on edge. If there’s an hour wait to get $20 of gasoline for the generator some people might not take that as well as others right now so again be aware of what’s happening around you!
I sincerely hope that you are all safe and sound and well. If you need help, ask for it and stay safe out there!