Rising from the Ashes: How New Jersey Survived Hurricane SandyTerohan Nula September 17, 2013 0 COMMENTS
New Jersey is no stranger to natural calamities. In fact, it was one of the areas severely devastated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The calamitous event left an indelible mark to many residents of New Jersey. This also encouraged them to reach for a greener future.
On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy made a landfall in the state with a speed of 90 mph. Accompanied by strong winds, the heavy rainfall amounted 295 mm. It washed away a large part of the Atlantic City Boardwalk immediately, and raised the water level up to 5 feet in some areas. The state reported an estimated loss $30 billion including 346, 000 damaged homes and properties.
In the wake of the hurricane, many people found themselves having to rebuild their homes from scratch. Other families had to resort to selling their flooded junk cars in nj and use the money for house reconstruction. Government and foreign aid soon came pouring in to those affected by the floods. This immense response of both the global community and local brethren helped New Jersey people to rise up and turn a new leaf.
Preparing for the Worst
Perhaps one important lesson the US has learned from the event is being more than ready for catastrophes. Local authorities improved upon emergency management groups and handed out important information to the communities.
One case in point is the flood safety campaign called “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.” The drive sought to inform people of the right measures to take when the dangers of flooding present. Signage of “sell my flooded junk car” plastered all over the state proved the point of the campaign.
Evacuation routes were also given much focus after the calamity. Coastal evacuation and storm surge maps were updated and accrued to recent changes. Government officials also underwent additional and refresher courses on evacuation procedures and routes.
While it left wide devastation in its wake, Hurricane Sandy has indeed made communities even stronger. People are now more ready and informed in the event another Sandy strikes. This time around, New Jersey can stand their ground. This time, no hurricane can bring them down.