a deceiving calm after the storm
We came upstate to get supplies after Hurricane Sandy devastated our Long Island community and surrounding area on the South Shore of Nassau County. It felt weird to leave but without power and cell reception it felt safer to regroup at the farm. Since reading about all the devastation I am heart broken. Many of the communities we love, frequent and where our close friends live have been devastated with unprecedented tidal surges and power outages. For instance, the fish store we frequent in Freeport, Long Island burned to the ground. We were at a Halloween party in Long Beach (NY) on the Friday before the storm hit which was severely flooded. Many of the residential communities on the south shore of Long Island are in flood zones, and because these flood zones have been amended due to climate change many people who faced flooding were completely unaware of the fact that this kind of damage could occur. It’s unprecedented. These are old communities with life long residents and homes that have never seen surges this high or winds this intense and sustained.
It feels almost premature to talk about the damage that occurred because communications have been so limited on the Island. However, social media has been great at connecting people with information and one shining example is Locally Long Island.
Here is a good list of ways to help. Also, The American Red Cross is in need of donations for their disaster relief efforts helping all those that were effected by Hurricane Sandy or you can donate 10 dollars by texting REDCROSS to 90999. If you prefer to donate directly to the Long Island Chapter you can do so through their website.