The night the storm hit, the twisted excitement that sometimes is carried with severe weather came with it. Those of us who tried to stay on campus, lit candles, gathered together and even went onto our porches to watch. It was actually less than menacing- until the realization of what the storm had actually done.
made it back the next day, and once I reached Stamford, Connecticut the comfort
of home was there, but we were without power, heat, and most importantly water.
We couldn't shower or even expect water to come out of the faucet because we
were on a well system.
However, unlike many other
people affected by the storm, our power came back within the week. Unlike many
other people affected by the storm, my family and I were left with no lasting
damage. And unlike many other people affected by the storm, everyone I know is
Sandy has claimed 113 lives in the United States, according to the LA Times.
New York was hit the hardest with 48 deaths alone, Staten Island accounting for
nearly half of those fatalities. Besides the 113 deaths in the United States,
69 more people were killed in the Caribbean countries, which also suffered
most of us have our power back, our homes are once again safe and warm, and our
lives entirely set back to normal, we cannot forget. We cannot sit back and
idly forget about the storm, because we have to remember those who weren’t so
lucky. Remember police officer Artur Kasprzak, only 28 years old, who drowned in
Staten Island after rescuing his six family members from floodwaters. Or the
Dresch family, torn apart after 13-year-old Angela was killed after a wave
crashed into her home, leaving her mother in critical condition and her father
yet to be found. Or Jessie Streich-Kest and Jacob Vogelman, a couple in
Brooklyn who were walking their dog before being killed by a falling tree.
it is too late for many whose lives were taken by the storm, there’s still time
to help those who were affected and need it. Donate today. #COMM30Sandy
#COMM30Sandy is an online class project for the Media & Society
class at Lehigh University, taught by professor Jeremy Littau. You can donate
to our campaign at this link, and for more infomation you can email Prof.
Littau at jeremy.littau(at)lehigh.edu.”