One year ago, Superstorm Sandy ravaged the shores of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and other parts of the east coast. The storm broke records with all time high storm surges and and left millions without power and thousands without homes.
- 7.9 million businesses and households in 15 states lost power, and over 2.2 million didn’t get it back for over a week.
- The storm did over $68 billion in damage throughout the east coast.
- At least 117 lives were claimed in the United States, as well as at least 69 in Canada and the Caribbean.
- Over 150,000 homes were damaged during the course of the storm.
As always, when faced with disaster, the nation banded together and poured everything it had into relief efforts for those most affected by the storm. Foundations and relief efforts popped up everywhere and people in affected areas helped in any way they could.
What’s already been done?
- By the middle of December, the American Red Cross had received over $202 million in donations for it’s Sandy relief efforts.
- Occupy Sandy Recovery (a grassroots disaster relief network) and it’s 50,000 volunteers provided over 300,000 meals, repaired over 1,000 homes, and provided over $1 million worth of donated supplies
- Multiple telethons and benefit shows took place to raise money for the relief effort. NBC raised $23 million during a telethon, and 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief, organized by The Robin Hood Fund, raised over $30 million from ticket sales alone.
- And MUCH more...
But there is still work to be done! Many people who lost homes are still struggling with rebuilding or getting the insurance or relief money they need. Others were left unemployed when they were unable to travel to their jobs, couldn’t keep working while they tried to rebuild, or their jobs were eliminated by the storm, and haven’t yet found employment.
What can you do?
- If you live in an area that was affected by Sandy, consider joining in on a relief effort or remembrance of victims.
- Hold a 1 Year Anniversary fundraiser in your school and donate the funds to one of the relief efforts.
- Organize a vigil in your school or organization to remember the victims of the storm.
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