My cat is deaf and I don’t think he even knew that anything was wrong during the storm. I hope that this picture of him sleeping on Junot Diaz literature lifts your spirits.
I’m in Southern New Jersey and I was very fortunate enough to only have a few broken tree branches and some powerless hours from Hurricane Sandy, but other people weren’t nearly as lucky. The north section of Atlantic City’s infamous boardwalk was destroyed, and many businesses along the Jersey shore will be paying for damages and repairs for months. The flooding in New York City was catastrophic; the MTA still isn’t sure when the subways will be fully up and running again.
Millions of people across the Mid-Atlantic states and the Northeast are still waiting for their power to come back on, and some may have to wait several days before they can turn on their lights again. Fires have broken out because of natural gas leaks, certain areas are more or less inaccessible because of storm damage, and a lot of little kids are about to experience some major disappointment when they try to go trick-or-treating.
Hurricane Sandy has been called “The Perfect Storm” and a “Frankenstorm”, but to many investors and business owners the storm was simply a “disaster”. Financial losses can’t possibly compare to the homes, property, loved ones, and cherished places people lost, but they’re still rather significant. For the first time in over a century Wall Street was shut down for two days in a row, and some people estimate that it will take $50 billion to fully repair all of the damage Sandy has caused.
This blog usually tries to look at the humorous and ridiculous side of business, but there isn’t anything humorous about what Hurricane Sandy caused. Many people feel compelled to donate their time or money to helping storm victims, but some people are trying to take advantage of the kindness of others. Beware of fake charities, they always pop up in times of need and it can be easy to fall prey to them. The Red Cross has helped with countless natural disasters, and they’ve already started to receive funds for Hurricane Sandy victims.
When disasters like this happen people often feel scared or helpless, but in these situations you’re never powerless. Donate time or money to charities, check in on elderly or enfeebled neighbors, take a first aid class. There’s always some good you can do in dire times, although it can be easy to forget that. We should all take time to reflect on everything that has taken place, to remember the good things we still have and empathize with others. Today we’ll think, and tomorrow we’ll get back to posting memes.