Sunday, November 4, 2012

Listen to your mother

Hurricane Sandy was a tropical cyclone that devastated portions of the Caribbean, Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States in late October 2012. In diameter, it was the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, with winds spanning 1,100 miles.

Sandy is estimated in early calculations to have caused damage of at least $20 billion. Preliminary estimates of losses that include business interruption surpass $50 billion (2012 USD), which, if confirmed, would make it the second-costliest Atlantic hurricane in history behind only Hurricane Katrina.

It had a notable influence on the presidential election by raising the issue of global warming. In the United States, Hurricane Sandy affected at least 24 states, from Florida to Maine, with tropical storm force winds causing impact in states as far west as Michigan and Wisconsin. The cyclone brought a destructive storm surge to New York City on the evening of October 29, flooding numerous streets, tunnels and subway lines in Lower Manhattan, Staten Island, Coney Island, the Rockaways and other areas of the city and cutting off electricity to parts of the city and its suburbs, especially Zone A areas near waterways which were issued evacuation orders. Severe damage occurred in New Jersey, especially in the communities along the Jersey Shore.

I live in New Jersey. The damage from Hurricane Sandy is beyond words. As of this blog post, the temperature is dropping, and there will be many without power tonight. And, they are predicting a Nor’easter for this week. My wife and I were spared from the storm, as we checked in to a local hotel early Tuesday morning. I was able to work comfortably without interruption. My wife, our dog Bella and I survived with very little damage to our home.

It is times like this that I think of my mother. My mother always knew best. Mom always said that “Mother Nature” was never a force to be ignored. No one ever takes on Mother Nature and wins. My mother would always worry if we had enough warm clothes, a blanket in the car, and a flashlight with fresh batteries. I was born in New Jersey, but when I was twelve years old we moved to Boca Raton, Florida. I remember living in “Hurricane Alley” for years, and we were the best prepared family for any tropical storm.

My mother was my muse when I formed  We cannot hope to win a battle with Mother Nature. But we can do our part to be prepared, to do our best to survive and recover. And then, to help others. FEMA says that “the first 72 are on you” which means that for 72 hours after a disaster, you need to expect to receive little or no help from the government. You need to be prepared to take care of yourself, for at least 72 hours.

Everyone reading this Sunday blog post has survived Hurricane Sandy, but will we ever learn? Will we take the necessary steps to prepare and to be ready for the next storm? Will we finally listen to our mothers? 

Be safe.


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