When Hurricane Sandy hit the New York Metropolitan area, no one was ready for its impact. Every year, we have threats of a hurricane or a nor’easter hitting our area and every year, it’s nothing.
Last year, it was Hurricane Irene. My family and I were driving my daughter up to college when we heard the news. We decided to ride out the storm in the Poconos. To our dismay, the storm hit the Poconos worse than it did on Long Island. It was pretty bad up there with a slew of fallen trees and power outages. But Long Island, specifically Long Beach (the town in which I live) didn’t get anything.
So when people ask, why didn’t the folks leave, it’s like the boy who cried wolf. No one really thought the impact would be as bad as it was.
My son and I were not home when the storm hit. I think it was worse for us because we didn’t know what was going on. We didn’t hear from my husband, his mother, our friends. We knew nothing but heard a lot on Facebook, Twitter and on TV.
A Facebook page was set up in each town, giving up to date information about the town and the storm’s impact. When people were concerned about their loved ones, they posted on the wall and were contacted with information.
To add humor to a horrendous situation, some people set up @hurricanesandy twitter feeds. They tried to make us laugh in a bad situation, which I think may have helped some people. But this was no laughing matter. So many people lost so much.
Although I lost a lot, I still have the people that I love very much in my life and for that, I am grateful.