Save the Children’s Emergency Preparedness Campaign
One year ago, a massive storm hit our beloved New Jersey. Superstorm Sandy made landfall about an hour from my home on October 29, 2012. The amount of historic events that happened within a few days is astounding —
- lowest barometric reading of an Atlantic storm since 1938,
- Battery Park surge level topped at almost 14 feet,
- the New York Stock Exchange closed for two days,
- winds extended 175 miles out from the storm’s eye,
- in Breezy Point, Queens, NY 110 homes burnt to the ground,
- almost 8 million people are left without power.
- gas rationing began a few days after the storm throughout the state
- 117 people were killed
I remember throughout the night of October 29th, sitting in our home — in the dark — wondering what the night was going to bring. In my lifetime, this was the first true time I was terrified. I will never forget the way the trees swayed back and forth, like they were sails. Or the horrific sound of the wind, like a siren and the way it rattled my windows. I still can’t believe the way there were rattling and how every single one was in tact. At some point that night, we all fell asleep and the oddest sound? The pure silence we were heard in the morning. No trucks heard from the NJ Turnpike, no planes, no wind, but we did hear birds. And that feeling of relief that it was all over and we were OK was so wonderful. We were completely cut off from all media. Cell phones, TVs, we didn’t even have a radio, so we had no idea what was going on outside of our courtyard. It was frightening when we learned of the chaos that was going on all around us.
We were lucky, so many of my fellow New Jersey residents were not. Our beloved Jersey Shore was destroyed. A year later and so many are still struggling with FEMA, insurance, rebuilding their homes and psyche.
Progress between Oct. 29, 2012 to Oct. 29, 2013:
|Photos via Gov. Chris Christie’s Facebook|
A year later, when the wind howls my children still can’t forget how scared they were that night and are brought back to thinking we are having another hurricane.
|Being good sports about finishing up our food in the fridge & eating in the dark|
See how our children are still coping one year later and how Save the Children is working to put their world back together:
Just because the storm is over and we are recovering, it doesn’t mean our children are recovering. The best thing we can do for them? BE PREPARED FOR NEXT TIME!
Quite frankly, I was unprepared. I needed more flashlights & batteries – both that were unavailable in the days leading up to the storm and after. I didn’t fill up my gas tank before the storm. I never dreamed that I was going to regret that. I didn’t stock up on ice for our coolers.
It’s scary to think about, but what if we found ourselves in a nightmare situation? Save the Children’s report – “Unaccounted For: A National Report Card on Protecting Children in Disaster” found that the needs of children were unaccounted for in emergencies. They are asking all Americans to work with their governors to ensure child-focused emergency plans are in place for when disaster strikes again. They are working on a new initiative called “Get Ready. Get Safe”, so that all families and communities can work together in protecting our children.
See where your state is on the Preparedness Map:
|I was really happy to see that we were in the green for all four categories!|
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