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
|Photos via Gov. Chris Christie’s Facebook|
|Being good sports about finishing up our food in the fridge & eating in the dark|
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.
|I was really happy to see that we were in the green for all four categories!|