Aftermath of Sandy – business as usual?

Photo from Atlantic Wire

No doubt about it. Sandy was no lady.

She barreled her way into our area with her high winds toppling trees, tearing away shingles and siding and breaking down power lines in order to achieve her self-proclaimed agenda. Strategically partnering with low pressure systems, other storm fronts and a full moon, she churned the depths of the ocean to ravage the eastern seaboard bringing flood waters and devastation to all in her path. Everyone and everything unprotected remained powerless in her wake. Thousands in our area are still without power. Schools remain closed and the buzz of chain saws and generators continue through the day and into the night. Much like Katrina, Sandy will linger in the minds of those hit hardest, but for some, perhaps even most everyone else, it’s a return to business as usual.

Today only clouds remain and the sun has made its way to peak through (at least at this writing). Some people are back to work and their daily routines, rightfully thankful that they were not more severely impacted by this less than genteel lady. Yet others continue to struggle in the throes of the aftermath.

If you’re wondering how the rest of us want could pitch in to help, there are agencies already at work besides the Red Cross. According to the Atlantic Wire, here are a few to check out.

“Other organizations working to help Sandy’s victims to whom you can donate: the Salvation Army, Feeding America, AmeriCares, World Vision, Save the Children, and Samaritan’s Purse, writes Abbey. The Food Bank for New York and the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties in New Jersey are also accepting donations and possibly volunteers, according to Thriive.”

If you are looking for additional means to help, FEMA offers other national options for donations. Just one word of caution:  Check out these resource providers for yourself and donate responsibly.

One thing each of us can do, and that is to pray for those struggling in the aftermath of this storm. It is the most powerful resource we can offer. (The prayers of a righteous man avail much.)

We have lessons to learn in the aftermath of Sandy’s assault, and it is important that we gain a measure of wisdom rather than immediately returning to business as usual. More storms will come, and we never know how the next ones will touch us.

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