The aftermath of Frankenstorm Hurricane Sandy and recovery efforts

Images From New York City

This Was Sandy before landfall

Hurricane Sandy : Category 2 Super Storm
Hurricane Sandy : Category 2 Super Storm | Source

The Storm was truly destructive

Hurricane Sandy has lived up to her massive destructive expectations, taking power lines down across 15 states leaving millions of people without power all across the eastern seaboard. In New York and New Jersey President Obama has declared both states a disaster zone, and has implemented federal funding for both states, and for those who've suffered the worst fates there.

The City of New York has taken the brunt end of the storm with trees down everywhere, massive floods, and loads of power supply issues, and outages for most of its citizens. The state is in a current high emergency, recovery, and debris removal period.

Many of those who are still in homes that were flooded, were told to place sheets outside their windows till emergency assistance could locate them over time.


NASA Landsat satellite image of Long Island and surrounding areas
NASA Landsat satellite image of Long Island and surrounding areas | Source

It's a mess and clean up is one the way

New York City as a whole has been hit the worst its ever been from any hurricane or storm system since I've been alive, and the damages is severe with flooding in many areas and even after 2 days.

We all are dealing with differing situations, some of us have been fortunate to come out of this harsh disaster unscathed, but many others are still without power in Long Island, and in Queens New York, and news reports are providing deep insight into all of the emergency calls coming in from stranded victims of Sandy, and those who've been impacted the hardest pretty much.

We are all going to have to pull together in America, and worldwide to help folks who need it, and much of the governments federal funding and resources for this natural disaster will be poring in by the billions according to President Obama making the call to initiate FEMA, and many other disaster relief programs, emergency recovery teams, and all.

If your in dire need of assistance and located this article, try the resources provided here to get direct assistance and from the U.S. official government web locations. Trust is huge in this moment of dire need, and using essential official resources will help avoid folks from falling into traps of false web locations that are sure to come up, if not already.


Another example and proof of this massive storm

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Making donations and funding for assistance

If you can do anything to help folks out, think wisely before you decide to send funding, make sure that its an official government program like the American Red Cross. People can also start their own funding initiatives on the Indiegogo platform today, which allows individuals whom have a dire need to make such an effort themselves.

Indiegogo is a crowd funding platform which is designed for people to generate their own funding content, videos, imagery, and a strong explanation as to what their need truly is. Keep in mind that everything you supply there needs to be a true and real situation, which if someone has a desperate situation, they can use even their smart phones to generate Youtube campaigns to alert people worldwide of their situational status, and people worldwide can help them from their Indiegogo (example: of an official campaign on Indiegogo) campaign web location.

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lrc7815 4 years ago from Central Virginia

Wow, great job Mike. I love the message, the videos, and the great advice and resource listing. Voted up across te board, added to my hub challenge, and shared on my networks.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Thanks Linda for the quick response, I just got this hub out, and been working diligently to inform everyone of all the things I have come up with lately, and from yesterdays full assessment from my general local surrounding areas here in Queens, and from one part in Long Island, but I'm sure many other folks have a great deal to share as well.

Chat with you soon as things pan out, and as folks continue to share much more help and assistance for others who need it most.


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lrc7815 4 years ago from Central Virginia

Mike, is your place okay? Do you need anything?


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Thankfully, buddy, the Federal response is quicker on this one than Katrina, so I feel a little bit better about the situation. Mother Nature takes no prisoners when she is flexing her muscles. I'm just happy that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. Thanks for a great hub and the pictures do a wonderful job of bringing this disaster up close and personal.

bill


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

I'm doing fine Linda, as well as my family, we don't need assistance, but I will be trying to help others if and when I can, using all of my networking powers and whatever else I can do myself.

Thanks for the concern, and for the insight as to this pressing situation many people are in today.


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janshares 4 years ago from Washington, DC

Gosh, I'm glad you and family are ok, Mike. Be safe as you help others, take care.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@billybuc, yeah bro I'm glad for the response by the Fed's and all it is imperative to get the East Coast back in business, and for the families to get as much assistance as they could possibly get for sure.

Thanks man for looking out for me and so many of our fellow hubbers on FB, and elsewhere your support is truly awesome Bill.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Wonderfully done Mike! Been there done that. Some folks are without electricity, and is like being in a precinct Jail. Thanks for the updates pal!


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Mike.. it is so good to see you and Joseph alright.. this hub is great.. You are always so thorough God bless you ..

voted up

Debbie


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California

Glad to hear you came through the storm safely. Keep safe. Voted up and awesome.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

As I told another hubber, California's Masonic Lodge are already sending aid to the Lodges in the affected areas, so they can better assist their communities. This is faster than we normally work.


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

Mike, Good to see you and your family are safe. I know it's quite an experience that isn't wanted a second time. Spent fourteen years on the Gulf Coast and experienced several majors during that time. The devastation can be a traumatic experience for all involved. Just remember, from this second on things will get better. You'll notice little things at first, then some trees cleared, then the electricity goes on all over and then the rebuilding takes place. It's a tough time, but hang in there, my friend!


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CHRIS57 4 years ago from Northern Germany

Why could water do so much damage? ArenĀ“t there any dams, dykes, coastal protection measures installed?

This may be a naive question, but all this looks kind of odd to people in the Netherlands and Northern Germany, where land is below sea level and where every year a couple of storm floodings occur, once in a decade really severe ones. However strong coastal protection can prevent from disaster.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@Lord De Cross, Thanks Joseph for the comment, we all have been blessed to only have suffered in this way from Hurricane Sandy, lets hope and pray for a speedy recovery for the remaining victims who are suffering the most.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@Deborah Brooks, hey Deb yes we are OK, I'm just hoping that all the other victims of this national catastrophic event can recover in time, we don't need any more lose of life as it already has amounted to according to news reports.

Thanks for the comment, and for being so concerned of our well being.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@tirelesstraveler, Yes indeed thank god many of us were sparred which was like luck of the draw, because this storm was a total epic disaster.


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flashmakeit 4 years ago from usa

I am glad you and yours are okay. Thank for posting the video as a real news reporter would do and you did a great job.


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rfmoran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

The history of the great Bitch Goddess Sandy has just begun to be written. I was very impressed today with a bunch of messages from fellow members of my Rotary Club offering support to those without power or shelter. We have a couple who have moved in with us having had their house destroyed. Here on Long Island, the sound of birds has been replaced by the sound of chainsaws.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

The fact that you posted this hub tells me you fared all right - I'm glad you're safe. Hopefully unscathed, too. :) Great footage and information here. This storm was a doozy.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Happy that you and Joseph are doing ok. Lots of help is on the way. The President really stepped up the effort..Stay Safe..


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@Mhatter99, Wow! I didn't know them dudes worked so hard for people and all, cool stuff Mh. Its a good thing too, because the more help out here to clean up all the mess the better right!


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida

Cloud, thank you for answering Linda's plea to speak out and offer ways to help. We are one people; when one of us hurts, we all hurt!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@rcrumple, oh I'm quite OK RC, and all of my family members as well, some are still without power though, but are doing fine. I'm doing my best to help people digitally which has become my calling in life I do believe.

Thanks for the kind supportive words here, and I hope those whom are suffering the worst fate from this Hurricane can get the help they need soon, and recovery can happen as soon as possible as you've stated.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@CHRIS57, thanks for your comment and insight here, and also for giving my hub here a good read.

Your perspective is understandable due to the fact that you're indeed from an entirely different country, however us in the United States have been hit hard by many Hurricane systems all throughout the years, and we learn how to do the best to recover, that's all I can really say, and I'm not sure how things work elsewhere.

Either way when us human are faced with difficulties of any kind, it is imperative that we all stick together, support one another, and try our best to move on after things get back to normal and no matter what happens.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Excellent and informative hub Mike!!! I know that we, as a nation, will pull together as we have always done in the past when disaster strikes. . . neighbors helping neighbors, and putting aside all of our differences to help our fellow man. Thanks for adding the very helpful resource list in here and all of the other useful information. Also, that warning too is imperative, as it does happen. We saw a lot of that going on here in the south just last year when those devastating tornadoes (forming a supercell) came through and just wiped out whole neighborhoods and small towns, but people just came out from everywhere to lend a hand and to rebuild. You are awesome dear one.

Voted Way Up to the Heavens God bless you. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Oh, sharing, and I am glad you and your family are safe.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@flashmakeit, thanks so much Flash for showing concern for little ole me, yeah my family is good and so am I.

Its tough to know that many of my fellow New Yorkers, and others all across the east coast aren't though, and so it was imperative for me to spread awareness for them as well in hopes others may do the same if at all possible or even better by donating to places like the American Red Cross or by creating their own Indiegogo campaigns to seek help.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@rfmoran, Yeah bro its pretty hectic out there Long Island, you guys got hit pretty bad.

I'm glad you OK and all, and them darn chain saws need to multiply if they can to help many more victims, and so we can all get our lives back to normal.

I know though that everyone is working their hardest to make such a massive recovery effort happen, I just wish Sandy didn't hit us all so hard, but you know that's nature, and its unforgiving wrath.

Thanks bro for showing up here and for supporting my writing efforts to help others.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@cclitgirl, yes it was CC it was harsh, god was with me and my family, because there's so many people that haven't been as lucky at all, and lets hope they get help as soon as possible.

Thanks for the cool comment and for the hub loving support.


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Glenn Stok 4 years ago from Long Island, NY

You did a great job putting this together. I read some of the comments too and I'm glad to see you're okay.

I live out on Long Island in Suffolk County. I am on high ground, so my home is okay. A lot of trees came down, many people around here had their homes and cars damaged from the fallen trees. I was spared all that. I just lost electric, Internet and phone for 48 hours. Nothing compared to NYC were you live, and other areas.

Ground Zero where the World Trade Center towers were, is flooded. And the 9/11 museum is destroyed.

The south shore of Long Island got hit hard. People's cars floated away, houses lifted off their foundations and moved, and basements were filled higher than the basement ceilings.

For those who don't know this area, Long Island where I live is a suburb of NYC where you live. For me, we just don't have gas stations open here, but you have to deal with flooded subways stations and tunnels. I wish you all the best with getting through all this. And to everyone else too.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Oh, additional ministries who can help are:

CARE http://www.care.org (They help those who have been through disasters.)

Brethen Disaaster Ministries http://www.brethen.org/

(They help rebuild homes in the NYC area)

National Emergency Response Team http://www.nert-usa.org

God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@always exploring, thanks for the kind words, I'm grateful that many lives have been sparred too, and I hope things can get back to normal soon, this gas crisis issue we're currently experiencing here is getting hectic and all.

I will be praying for things to work out for the better, and hope people can act more civilized during such a time of uncertainty.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@bravewarrior, Linda's such a cool person, and has become my friend here and of course I had to answer her and in the best way I could.

You know, some folks today are just not right, but that lady who goes by the name of Always Exploring is a one of a kind genuinely nice woman who truly cares.

Thank you Bravewarrior


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Wonderful job in putting this hub together. The videos are something else. It's been so frustrating to see my hometown like this not to mention New Jersey etc. Just wanting to help and not being able to for me is sad. Glad thought to hear and read posts that everyone got through in one peace and still praying for those who have devastation and for those who lost people in the storm. God bless one and all.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@Faith Reaper, thanks so much for all the kind words you render to me as you do so often, and for the cool additions to the helpful ministries that you know off, I'm sure folks will indeed find it useful to them if need be.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@Glenn Stok, yes bro we were all sparred mostly, and I feel your pain about many of the countless losses Long Island and NYC folks have taken recently with this massive Sandy Hurricane storm.

I hope things get back to normal soon, people are fighting over gas over here, and around Nassau county as a end result of the shortage, and power outages, so I will pray for a speedy recovery. Thanks for the cool comment, and for checking out my hub article.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Hands of Hope ministry is another great ministry: www.joycemeyer.org Their goal is simply to help as many hurting people as they possible can, to alleviate suffering. Also Billy Graham's ministry www.billygraham.RapidResponseTeam/ has sent it's Rapid Response Team to New Jersey and everywhere to help with the shortage of gas and other valuable means to those in need. They should be there right now. Samaritan's purse www.samaritanspurse.org is also a great ministry to help those suffering in disasters. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Billy Graham's Crisis Response Team is what I meant, and they are in Bergen County, New Jersey right now. God bless. They help those who have lost power as well. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

So glad to see that you're okay Mike. You've done a great job with this hub.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@Gypsy Rose Lee, Thanks for the comment yeah its tough all the way around for everyone , thank god most of us were sparred, and I wish for a speedy recovery as well.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Thank you again Faith


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Thanks @Just Ask Susan, I did my very best and within reason I just hope this and all the other efforts I make to try and inform people out here online can and shall help those who need it most. Thank god many of us are doing well after that catastrophe of a storm, oh yes indeed.


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Mike,

Bless you for writing this hub. I am glad that you and your family are safe.

My prayers go out to all those affected by hurricane Sandy

Voted up and away

Sharing

Take care :)

God bless


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@Sueswan , Thank you for the blessing, and for the very kind and sweet words towards me and my family, everything shall improve in due time, I also feel for all those folks who've either lost lives, family members, and the likes.

I'm praying for a speed recovery effort to help us all return back to normalcy soon as well.


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kajnsuga 4 years ago from Texas

I answered and was deployed to Staten Island New York. This is all too personal for me, being a survivor of Katrina and Gustave. No matter how many times you witness it, at home or responding afar, it tugs at your heart. It is truly a humbling experience.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Oh yes indeed it was humbling for sure @kajnsuga, I feel for all the victims of this Hurricane, as we brace for the next storm God is sending us all. Good Luck and God speed KJ.

Thanks for the cool response to this hub of mine as well, I'll get to your hub as soon as Hubpages allows it to be released there onto your profile, or when I find it on the Hubpages feed stream. Chat with ya soon.

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