|Two candles, wooden kitchen matches, a snuffer, and a wick trimmer. Witchy accouterments that came in handy during the power outage.|
We were without power for four days, which sounds like a long time, but there are people who haven't had power since the Monday before Hurricane Sandy hit, and they don't expect to have power anytime soon.
Here's how we've been surviving:
|Lots of canned food!|
|We have bread, butter and flour.|
|Iced tea cooling down in the freezer - but nothing else.|
|Water, water, everywhere! But not much else.|
|Mostly medication in the top shelf of the refrigerator door, prunes; more water, some butter and raisins; apples, oil and syrup. The apples, raisins and water are good to go - not much I can do with the rest.|
|To add insult to injury, we had a Nor'easter yesterday and last night. The photo above is what it looked like at dusk yesterday.|
|Above and below: This is what it looked like this morning.|
So, as you can see from these pictures, life is pretty real here in the Big Apple. My roommate went out today to the areas that were most affected by Hurricane Sandy: Midland Beach and Father Capodanno Blvd., and she said it was completely devastated. The houses all along Fr. Cap have been completely demolished, and Midland Avenue was in bad shape, as well. And that's just a small part of Staten Island. And people are without heat and electricity in the cold weather.
Here are some links to resources:
Mental Health Association of NYC: Resources to Help Cope with Emotional Distress from Hurricane Sandy
Gov. Cuomo's Webpage for Post-Hurricane Resources - this webpage also has a link for donations.
Consumer Reports has a number of articles related to storm preparation, cleanup, recovery, insurance and equipment.
Be well and safe out there, everybody! Once again, if you can help, please do so. It doesn't have to be a huge amount; every little bit helps.