We are approaching six months since the powerful storm Sandy stopped the biggest city in America. As we all know, Hurricane Sandy was one of the deadliest and most destructive hurricanes in American history. Residents across the northeast are still feeling the effects of the storm, but fortunately they aren’t facing the aftermath alone. The tremendous outpour of support and assistance from residents and organizations across the U.S. and beyond is largely to credit for the speedy recovery of areas affected by the storm.
So after a storm has passed and the city is working to come together to recover, what can a citizen in a neighboring state or across the country do to help those affect? We’ve compiled a list of things to consider when another storm hits our neighbors.
Donate blood – In the case of Hurricane Sandy, the New York Blood Center held drives across the country to help with urgent needs in the New York and New Jersey area. Citizens can donate blood in response to a storm or anytime throughout the year to ensure that supplies are in order incase of emergency.
Give food – The amount of organizations collecting and distributing clean food kits after a Hurricane Sandy is too many to mention. Nonperishable food and clean water is essential after a storm and often must come from outside the affected city. Whether you’re a few cities away or all the way across the country, organizations like the American Red Cross collect food and water locally to send to affected areas.
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Volunteer to take in an abandoned animal – The Humane Society of the United States and the American Humane Society led this initiative during Hurricane Sandy and will continue to do so for major storms across the U.S. for years to come! The local humane societies quickly reach capacity after a storm of this size as many local pets are lost or simply without shelter. Citizens are invited to foster animals during their time away from home.
Join in the cleanup – Teams that rebuild our cities don’t hesitate to start the cleanup immediately after the storm. Able-bodied individuals are always welcome to spend a few days in the affected city to clean debris and lend a helping hand or a bit of relief to those that have been working nonstop at cleanup for days.
Text a donation – The power of a text continues to grow with the ability to donate $5, $10, or $20 to a cause just by texting a designated word to a specific number. Most notably, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army often set up text to donate codes for major disasters. Keep your eyes and ears open after a storm for opportunities to give what you can!
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The options for donating and volunteering in the wake of a natural disaster are nearly endless. The most important thing is for all citizens is to stay informed of the most pressing needs and opportunities to assist those in need. The progress so far in Hurricane Sandy affected areas is a great example of what Americans can do to rebuild after a storm.
For information on preparing for a storm that is coming your way, be sure to educate yourself on the most common warning signs of severe weather.