Hurricane Sandy: The Morning After


October 30, 2012: We woke up this morning to the sound of generators. We no longer hear the sustained howling winds we went to bed listening to; there are only wind gusts at this point, although the weather forecast is for more wind and rain today. Dawn has broken and across our cul d’ sac we can see a large tree that stretches from one end to another. We can walk down our street, but not drive down it, or out into the town or the world beyond.

According to the local news, close to 2.5 million people in New Jersey are without power. Our power supplier just announced it could be up to 10 DAYS for some customers to get power back….as downed power lines litter this and many other suburban town streets.

A local “moms facebook group” has been an amazing community resource. Connecting people that need to be connected, offering help and shelter and reporting on downed trees and wires. It also makes it clear that many homes have trees that landed on them, on cars, on sheds, but luckily not on any people in our town..In the neighboring town however, there are reports that one man has been killed by a falling tree…

We are lucky…we have a generator, my house is intact and my children are asleep in their rooms…But many are not so lucky and there are many stories that need to be told. It is NOT okay for us to have government leaders that question climate change or the need to address it. Facts are facts..these storms are part of our future and our present. We need to figure out how to mitigate and adapt to the worst of what nature can throw at us, and to begin to help our earth heal…

Take care,


Climate Mama

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