I know it’s a few days past the 1 year anniversary, but after catching a few stories of the year since Hurricane Sandy I couldn’t help but think about where I was a year ago.
I remember getting an email from my father-in-law saying “Will Leanne meet Sandy?” I don’t think any of us realized the impact the storm would actually have on my world or the state we live in.
I was working a Stage Management job on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. We thought for sure we were going to be diverted because of the storm. I remember there being a day with a little bit of rain which we thought was due to Sandy.
As the time passed I found myself taking every little moment to check the internet (which isn’t so easy in the middle of the ocean) and to catch a glimpse of news on one of the few channels I had in my cabin. My mother was good about keeping in touch with me through email and updating me on their current situation. It was quite tough for me to be away from my family not knowing what the storm was going to bring.
The area we live in gets flooded a lot and we (my brother’s house in particular) have been surrounded by water too many times in the last few years- I was scared that might happen yet again.
I can still remember the last conversation with my mom just before they lost power for almost three weeks, “They say we are going to lose power and it might be out for quite a while, we are prepared and so are your brothers, we just have to wait it out.”
And as they waited it out, I watched the news showing the storm hit our state and NY, feeling helpless. Every now and again I’d check Facebook and my email to see if there was any word. Everyone was safe, just no power. But so many others weren’t as lucky. Even still to this day there are so many people not back in their homes.
I got off the ship after the storm had done it’s damage, we were in New Orleans. I couldn’t help but see both the pictures of New Jersey and New York and remember the pictures of New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. Having been in NOLA only 3 short years after the hurricane and now 7 years later and still seeing some homes and businesses not back up and running I could only imagine what our state would look like.
My sweetie and I had the privelige and honor of joining a group that went down to help clean out in Union Beach, NJ. I was humbled by what we saw and so glad I was able to help out, even if it was just one household.
I continue to put my name out to volunteer with the American Red Cross and other committees that help people in need- I think it’s the least I can do knowing that my family made it through the horrible storm without too much damage.
Hopefully, New Jersey and New York will continue to rebuild and will be stronger than before the storm hit!
If anyone knows of people or businesses in need of some volunteers please leave a comment!