Stretching over a thousand miles wide, Hurricane Sandy made landfall near Atlantic City, New
Jersey. At Glass King, more than one of us has roots in the Tri-State Area, and
we are heartbroken to see the utter devastation, loss of lives, and profound
affect this Superstorm has had on at least fourteen states. Storm surges that
exceeded previous known records dating back to 1888 caused the majority of the
damage. Winds snapped trees and power lines, killing innocent people, including
a beloved firefighter in Easton, Connecticut. Flood waters raged and swept
people away, mothers lost their children. We have seen and heard many stories
from our families and friends “Back East” about looting, crime,
neighbors turning those in desperate need away and lives lost because of it.
We are shocked and saddened to hear of this terrible behavior. Yet, for every
story of woe and wrongdoing, we hear many more of neighbors helping each other.
On social media, post after post offering their available power, generators, hot
water for showers, food, removing debris, and helping each other search the
wreckage for remnants of their now former lives. Families have brought in
firewood, food, water, emergency supplies, and more.
That is the “Back East” we know and love. This storm has done so much
more than break windows with high winds; it took the very houses around those
windows down around them. It took 88 lives with many more missing. The
destructive power of Nature is awe-inspiring and terrifying. Far from window
glass repair, the affected areas will need to be rebuilt over the coming
months and years. The staggering affect of flooding on mass transit from
subways to tunnels to trains is hard for someone living outside of the affected
areas to visualize. The corrosive power of seawater is incredible – it can rust
through metal within hours in the right conditions.
Normally at Glass King we caution our customers not to handle broken glass
because of safety hazards. Combing through wreckage in search of survivors is
thousands of times more dangerous and to that we salute the National Guard, the
Coast Guard, the police, firefighters, EMT’s, paramedics, search and rescue
workers, and brave volunteers that are out there, right now, at this moment,
saving lives. They are a testimony to the goodness that is in all of us.
At Glass King we want to support the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Normally we
don’t post links to other sites on our blog, but today is different. Please
click the following link:
For a comprehensive list of agencies and non-profit organizations that you can
donate to or send help through. We encourage neighbors helping neighbors, no
matter how far away they may be, they will always be our neighbors and remain
in our hearts and minds.