The past few days we have seen the largest storm in Atlantic history rip the East coast apart. Boardwalks, bridges, jobs and homes all lost in a matter of hours due, in most part, to water surges never seen before. My home town, just a few miles away from Seaside heights, was ravaged with flooding and destroyed power lines. Some folks are still without power, and may continue to be without for a week, if not more. Here in Philadelphia, we experiences mild flooding and a few downed trees, but managed to scrape by without much damage. Nothing like we see on the shore. So how can you help the victims of Sandy?
Donate money to the Red Cross. The Red Cross isn’t a food pantry, and although some stations do take food donations, it takes time and man power to sort through them all. It is much better to donate money which will allow them to get food and supplies from suppliers that they have special deals with. If you don’t want to donate to the Red Cross, for whatever reason, be sure to check on where you are donating and what their policies are. Even some of the largest food pantries prefer money over food, for the same reason as the Red Cross.
Another problem, that my family encountered personally, was loss in communication. I didn’t hear from my family after they were hit for 24 hours, due to the fact that they lost power and their cell phones lost their charge. Although this is more difficult to help, if you happen to be in the area and have power, please help your neighbors get in touch with loved ones if they need it. You never know how much you depend on electricity until it is no longer available to you.
So if you can, please donate to the Red Cross, or any other disaster relief fund, if you can. Everyone on the coast needs our help.