Author:Katz, Steve
Position:Impact of hurricanes - Editorial

In August of 2005, as Hurricane Katrina devastated the US Gulf Coast I sat transfixed by the live images on my television. To me, what 1 seeing was unimaginable--a major US city was essentially underwater. This was unthinkable. Nearly 2,000 people perished from this storm, and damages were well into the billions. And it happened here--in the United States. I was glued to the .24-hour news cycle. At the time, I remember thinking that something like this couldn't possibly happen where I live. A natural disaster of that magnitude just doesn't happen in NewYork City, so I told myself.

As we're wrapping up the final issue of 2012, our area is still reeling in the aftermath of what the media has dubbed Superstorm Sandy. Our company is headquartered in Ramsey, NJ, a suburb of New York City. The office was without power for almost two weeks, along with more than 8 million other area homes and businesses. Some for even longer, some still without power. The storm rocked our region, creating a surreal scene that resembled something closer to a science fiction or post-apocalyptic movie. The famed Manhattan skyline went dark, bridges and tunnels were closed, the Jersey Shore was decimated. Houses burned and neighborhoods destroyed. People waited several hours in line for state-rationed gasoline to fuel not only their cars, but also generators to heat their homes.

In the wake of the storm, as humanity does in time of crisis, people came together. Everybody called everybody to make sure they were okay. Neighbors looked in on one another. Those with power sheltered those...

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