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Sandy: Everyone, PLEASE

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    Sandy: Everyone, PLEASE

    Hey Fellow Puffers,

    Last night, I clicked over to that relief concert that Matt Lauer from the Today show put together. These were the first extensive photos and videos I've seen of the devastation left in the wake of hurricane Sandy. Without boring you with statistics on how many are dead, homeless, without power, suffice to say, it's beyond horrible.

    I am 51yrs old and this is by far the largest storm of my lifetime and in terms of sheer volume, the worst. I'm not easily moved, but at one point, a young lady being interviewed broke down in tears and said, "We need help. We need people. Please, please come here and help us." Another said, "I just want to go home, but my home is just gone."

    It struck me that September 11th, 2001, while terrible, was an act of terror that hit us in the hearts. Sandy hit us in our homes. Big difference.

    Those of us not in the area simply cannot comprehend how bad things really are. We cannot fathom the amount of work it's taking and on how many levels it's required just in order to barely function. To pile on the misery, that jackass Bloomberg (mayor of NYC) is going forward with the NYC Marathon, which will inject well over 50,000 EXTRA people into the city. People who lost their homes, or electricity went into the city to stay in hotels and are now being kicked to the curb, because the hotels are honoring reservations for runners and support persons. Hundreds of generators, which could be used to provide electricity for thousands of homes, are being commandeered to run television and other media. As of this writing, the NFL plans to go forward with a football game that no one in the area can get to and no one can watch at home.

    We have scores of BOTL and Puff members in the area. Some without power. Some without homes.

    Again, this is not 9/11. This is not a case of taking the opportunity to show our resilience by pretending "business as usual". This is a time for everyone to pull together, muck in and HELP. If we can't physically GO there and help, we should be giving money until it hurts, to any organization who IS going. Mine's going to the American Red Cross.

    If you want, you can text 90999 and donate $10 to the Red Cross, but please, PLEASE, at least do something.

    Thanks for reading.

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    I'm watching you.


    re: Sandy: Everyone, PLEASE

    Urgent need for winter clothing. Clean out those closets, people. Find a shelter and mail them a box of good used clothes, it doesn't matter what kind.

    Get together with friends and pool resources and deliver some of the following to the Red Cross:

    • Wash cloths
    • Soap
    • Toothbrushes
    • Toothpaste
    • Combs and hair brushes
    • Shampoo
    • Disposable razors
    • Feminine products
    • Children’s dye-free fever medicine
    • Diapers (all sizes)
    • Wipes (unscented)
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen
    • Blankets
    • Games

    Talk with your churches, there are mission groups heading out to man meal trucks and could use help with airfare and supplies. FEMA just announced a need to serve 800,000 meals per day. These volunteers could use more help.

    Call the Jersey Shore Boy Scout office and ask how you can help.
    "Only fine cigars are worth smoking, and only men who smoke fine cigars are worth kissing." -Joan Collins

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    WTF Scott W.'s Avatar


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    Good news is that Bloomy cancelled the marathon.

    I agree with Don and in fact prepared a meal for family last night still without power, heat or hot water and afterwards we watched the concert all 6 adults in the room donated. Please, do the same....for 2/3 the price of a feral flying pig, you can make a huge difference.

    Thanks Don for putting this out there.

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    Fantastic post, Jessica. You've given me a lot of ideas.

    Bro, it's nice that Bumboob actually smartened up, but it's too little, too late to get thousands of displaced New Englanders back into those hotel rooms. He remains a jackass, in my book. I'm seriously thinking about packing a bag and coming up there. I'll crash on your couch and just go house to house... "How can I help?" I'd happily dip soup in a shelter, search for someone's doggy, pass out blankets from the back of a truck, shovel mud from someone's bedroom... whatever I could do.


    This is not the last super cell we will see. These storms get bigger and angrier every year. Think about it! What if Sandy had hit in January, or February? Instead of 12" of rain, you now get 5ft of snow? Instead of temperature drops, 10 degrees off 55, you'd have temp drops, 10 degrees off 30? People outside freeze to death in minutes, at that point. Gas pumps don't work. Diesel fuel gels. Life just stops.

    People are looting. People are siphoning gas. People are mugging. Police are unable to police.

    Somewhere in all our hearts and minds, we have to have a place for the people affected by Sandy. We have to step up and establish a "pace". We must find a way to find honor in service to our fellow man.

    This is BAD, people. This is VERY, VERY bad.

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    Full grown Puffer Fish Marcm15's Avatar


    Re: Sandy: Everyone, PLEASE

    For anyone in the Hudson Valley - Teamsters Local 445 (who represent a large number of police officers here in Orange and Ulster Counties) Located at - 15 Stone Castle Road - Rock Tavern (Newburgh) NY - has organized a collection point for any and all items listed here and more. So far we have collected furniture, over 100 large totes of new and used clothes, dozens of crates of cleaning supplies and other essential items. We have volunteers driving trucks going to the affected areas of NYC. Our final collection for this round will be this Saturday November 10th at the union hall.

    I don't know how many members we have from this area but if any of you have family or friends that can drop off items at the above location, I will make sure they get get to those in need. we are focusing on Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens at the present time.
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    WTF Scott W.'s Avatar


    Re: Sandy: Everyone, PLEASE

    It's a little upsetting that in 91 views we have 4 or 5 replies. If his was someone posting a DC # or announcing that the are or have bombed someone, it would be filled with replies.

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    THE MAN WHO LOVES TWANG! TonyBrooklyn's Avatar


    Re: Sandy: Everyone, PLEASE

    Quote Originally Posted by scottw View Post
    It's a little upsetting that in 91 views we have 4 or 5 replies. If his was someone posting a DC # or announcing that the are or have bombed someone, it would be filled with replies.
    Sad but true! Also bear in mind that many are just scraping by in this crap economy and really can't help. Charity begins at home when you have others relying on you. I have not been able to make it to Sheepshead Bay to see my other house i have no flood insurance after last years storm impossible to get. So i will bare the brunt of whatever Sandy has left me with or without. No Gas anywhere i just managed to fill my tank for tomorrows trip to Brooklyn to visit the devastation first hand. You want to point blame point it at Govt where is FEMA were is Obama's emergency help for these people?????????? No different than the response to Katrina that many criticized Bush for! Its all politics and that's were the conversation ends as it is against the rules. Anyone that has not prepared and can't help themselves is at the mercey of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ. If your waiting for donations or outside help or Gov't intervention GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I pray for all that are suffering through this tragedy!
    Peace my brothers!
    “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”
    Jimi Hendrix

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    Chicken of the Sea Bondo 440's Avatar


    Re: Sandy: Everyone, PLEASE

    You can also help people affected by Sandy and make a donation online to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief as well.

    Donate Funds | Donations | Giving to American Red Cross
    You can do a minimum $10 donation. You can pay with CC or PeePee pal.
    It's easy takes five minutes. My only advice is to watch you don't check "recurring monthly" payment, (unless of course you want to)

    the TXT option sounds easier

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    THE MAN WHO LOVES TWANG! TonyBrooklyn's Avatar


    Re: Sandy: Everyone, PLEASE

    Count your blessings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!
    Thank GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Wind, rain, snow and fire: The storm that broke records -- and hearts

    By Wayne Drash, CNN
    updated 9:42 AM EST, Sun November 4, 2012

    Remembering the lives of Sandy victims


    • Luz Martinez saw the news that her premature newborn was part of a hospital evacuation
    • Claudene Christian was aboard HMS Bounty when a desperate Facebook message was posted
    • Tom Duffy was worried about storm damage, but his wife had bad news of another kind

    (CNN) -- Luz Martinez sat next to her baby, who was swaddled tight in pink, blue and white cloth inside an incubator. Born at 26 weeks with the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck, Emma Sophia weighed less than 2 pounds and breathed with the help of a respirator.
    Every day since her baby's birth, Martinez had visited the neonatal intensive care unit at New York University's Langone Medical Center. A good day was measured by the tiniest progress: Emma drinking a couple of extra drops of milk, her eyes opening just long enough for mom and daughter to connect.
    Still recovering from an emergency cesarean section, Martinez couldn't drive. For 22 days, she had bummed rides to the hospital with relatives and friends.
    It was Sunday, October 28.
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    Martinez, 42, had heard about Hurricane Sandy while shuttling from her home on Roosevelt Island to be with Emma. But she met news of the impending storm with the grittiness of a lifelong New Yorker: Humbug.
    She was focused on one thing: Emma's health.
    On that Sunday, Hurricane Sandy chugged northeastward off the North Carolina coast with winds stretching 175 miles from its eye. The Carolinas, Virginia and Maryland were already getting pelted by rain and whipped by wind. Forecasters warned the storm would collide with a cold front from the west to create a superstorm that would slam the Eastern Seaboard by late Monday.
    Mass evacuations were ordered up and down the coast, from the Carolinas to Connecticut. The storm had already killed 67 people in the Caribbean.
    Claudene Christian could feel the storm's wrath. At sea about 90 miles off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, aboard the three-masted 180-foot HMS Bounty, Christian and a crew of 14 others tried to help their captain outmaneuver the storm.
    At 42, she had been looking for an adventure and signed on with the Bounty in May. "Sailing the seas for these past several months has definitely agreed with me," she wrote on her Facebook page in August.
    But now, 20-foot waves and rattling winds raged against the 50-year-old wooden vessel.
    Hurricane shipwreck victim inspired by mutineer
    About 500 miles north, in a waterfront neighborhood in Queens, residents had come to expect the unpredictability of Mother Nature. The place was called Breezy Point, after all. Its inhabitants knew the gentle winds and pleasant sound of lapping surf. They also knew the power of Hurricane Irene from a year ago.
    Tom Duffy, 47, had evacuated his Breezy Point home when Irene approached. The beach bungalow, built in 1928, sustained minor flooding then -- nothing too bad. Seeing the warnings on Sandy, Duffy wasn't taking any chances. "Better to be safe than sorry," he thought.
    Duffy rallied his family to the task of evacuating the neighborhood where he had lived since he was 12. He and his wife, Deidre, and two daughters, Corinne and Louise, 23 and 20, planned to hunker down in a Manhattan hotel.
    The Duffys left Breezy Point midafternoon on Sunday with three changes of clothes.
    Soon, Luz Martinez would end her visit with Emma in the hospital just a block from the East River. The storm was the last thing on her mind.
    Interactive: Superstorm Sandy's victims
    Destruction in all forms
    It broke records, and it broke hearts.
    More than 8 million people lost power, the result of wind, flooding and heavy snow. New York City's intricate subway system suffered the most extensive damage in its 108-year history. The New York Stock Exchange closed for two consecutive days, the first time that had happened because of weather since 1888. The surf in New York Harbor reached a record 32.5 feet -- 6.5 feet taller than a wave spawned by Hurricane Irene. A record high water level also was set at Battery Park in Manhattan, where the surge peaked at 13.88 feet.
    Damage estimates put the cost of the storm around $50 billion, the second costliest storm in history, behind Hurricane Katrina.
    At least 23 states felt the effects of Sandy, which morphed from a hurricane into a wintry superstorm stretching nearly 600 miles. Sandy was so big, forecasters said, that if it had been a country it would have ranked as the 20th-largest in the world.
    It killed at least 106 people in the United States.
    The destruction came in all forms: Wind, water, snow and fire.
    The sailor's risk
    The Bounty had set sail on Thursday, October 25, from New London, Connecticut, as Hurricane Sandy pummeled Cuba. The ship was en route to its winter berth in St. Petersburg, Florida, determined to outsail Sandy.
    Claudene Christian's interest in the Bounty began after she toured a replica of Christopher Columbus' ship Nina last year, her family said.
    She wasn't a sailor by trade, but she had a personal connection to the original Bounty's mutineer. A former Miss Teen Alaska, Christian often boasted of being a descendant of Fletcher Christian, the 18th-century sailor who led the infamous mutiny on the real HMS Bounty.
    "I'm sure my ancestor would be proud," she wrote on her Facebook page. "However, this time there will be no mutiny on this Bounty -- at least not at the hands of me, a new generation of Christian Family Sailors!"
    Built for "Mutiny on the Bounty," the 1962 film starring Marlon Brando, the famed ship also had been used in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films. More recently, it sailed from various ports serving as a museum to tourists.
    At the helm was Capt. Robin Waldridge, a veteran of the high seas who had commanded the ship for more than 20 years. He predicted the Bounty and Sandy would pass each other late Sunday or early Monday on different paths.
    "Bounty's current voyage is a calculated decision ... NOT AT ALL ... irresponsible or with a lack of foresight as some have suggested," a message posted on the ship's Facebook page said at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 27. "The fact of the matter is ... A SHIP IS SAFER AT SEA THAN IN PORT!"
    The ship bobbed in the sea, churned by the hurricane.
    By late Sunday, October 28, Sandy was winning the man vs. nature bout. The Bounty lost power and began taking on water.
    At 2:53 a.m. Monday, a desperate message was posted on the ship's Facebook page: "Your Prayers are needed."
    New York after Sandy: A tale of two cities
    Separation anxiety
    Luz Martinez couldn't find a ride to the hospital on Monday morning. Winds were picking up on the streets of New York. None of her relatives wanted to risk the journey.
    A Section 8 case manager for the city, Martinez had not worked since September 21, the day she was first admitted to the hospital because of vaginal bleeding. She had been bedridden until Emma's birth on October 6 at 12:01 a.m. Memories of that day were never far from her mind.
    She'd endured a C-section and the trauma of witnessing her baby struggle for life, the umbilical cord wrapped three times around Emma's neck.
    Martinez didn't want to miss a day by her baby's side. But, as the storm approached the city, she had no choice. She stayed in touch by phone with the nurses. They reassured her: "Everything is going smooth."
    Tom Duffy and his family were experiencing a different kind of separation -- from the home that provided a lifetime of memories. The bungalow on Breezy Point was the only place the Duffy girls had ever lived.
    Tom had grown up in Breezy Point. His parents first bought a house there in 1969. It was a quaint community -- close enough to the city but far enough away to relax.
    Tom and Deidre bought their home on Ocean Avenue in 1989; it was a perfect spot to raise their budding family. Their first daughter had just been born.
    As Sandy's outer bands lashed New York, the Duffys fixated on the storm reports on TV. Both Tom and Deidre were structural engineers, but they didn't need an advanced degree to know that their home would sustain water and wind damage.
    Swept into the sea
    In the early hours Monday, a high seas rescue was in motion.
    A Coast Guard C-130 aircraft, then a helicopter, braved the elements to locate the Bounty, about 90 miles off the North Carolina coast. Radio contact had been lost.
    The captain had ordered that the ship be abandoned. Its crew members, wearing orange survival suits with strobe lights -- intended to keep them afloat, warm and visible at sea -- attempted to board two lifeboats.
    A giant wave swept three into the sea, including the captain. One crew member was able to climb back into the lifeboat. The Coast Guard rescued 14. They recovered the body of another: Claudene Christian.
    The captain has not been found.
    Christian was the first U.S. fatality of the storm.
    She died living out her dream.
    Victims fall to superstorm's wrath
    Unable to sleep
    Monday night, Sandy hammered the East Coast, especially Staten Island and the Jersey Shore. Giant waves swamped homes, apartments and buildings. Power lines fell. Subway tunnels in New York filled with rushing water. All bridges to the city were closed.
    At 7:45 p.m., 10 feet of water inundated the NYU medical center in Manhattan.
    Luz Martinez was watching the news when Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the hospital was being evacuated.
    Her heart pounded.
    Then, the power went out in the apartment.
    Martinez got on her cell phone. She spoke with a nurse who said Emma would be moved a few blocks away to Mount Sinai Medical Center. She was on the priority list, to be transported first. Nurses would use hand pumps as respirators as they carried Emma and other babies in critical condition down several flights of stairs in the dark.
    An hour and a half would pass before Martinez heard back. Emma was safe and stable at Mount Sinai.
    Martinez paced her apartment, unable to sleep.
    Katrina, Joplin survivors offer advice to Sandy victims
    Deidre Duffy woke her husband at 3 a.m. Tuesday, October 30. He was prepared for damage from wind and rain. Not for what his wife was about to tell him.
    "Breezy Point," she said, "is on fire."
    As floodwaters smashed into the neighborhood, transformers blew and power lines snapped. Fanned by high winds, the flames engulfed the wooden homes like kindling.
    At first, authorities reported 40 homes were gone. But with daybreak came the news that more than 100 had burned to the ground.
    It would mark one of the worst residential fires in New York City history.
    On Tuesday, the Duffys made their way to 164 Ocean Avenue. Their home was in ashes.
    Tom Duffy isn't sure yet if the family will rebuild, but he is certain of one thing about Breezy Point: "It will never be the same."
    Sandy changes lives forever -- here are three of their stories
    Baby Emma moved during storm
    Reuniting with Emma
    Luz Martinez's sister is a New York cop. Tuesday morning, she knew which streets and bridges were open. She sent her boyfriend to fetch Luz on Roosevelt Island and take her to Emma's side.
    The ride, usually 40 minutes, took 20. No one was on the road.
    At Mount Sinai, Martinez found Emma in the neonatal unit. "She gave me so much peace of mind, just looking at her, sleeping like nothing had happened. She wasn't aware of what was going on."
    The hospital's CEO, Kenneth Davis, was making the rounds. He was the one who had agreed to take Emma and other NYU patients into his hospital. He walked into the room, arms outstretched.
    "You need a hug," he said.
    Martinez began crying and thanked him.
    Emma was less than a month old and yet she'd already been through so much. Her mother has given her a nickname.
    Saving Emma in the storm
    CNN's Gabriel Falcon, Thom Patterson and Sanjay Gupta contributed to this report.
    “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”
    Jimi Hendrix

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    Re: Sandy: Everyone, PLEASE

    Quote Originally Posted by scottw View Post
    It's a little upsetting that in 91 views we have 4 or 5 replies. If his was someone posting a DC # or announcing that the are or have bombed someone, it would be filled with replies.
    Indeed. I think many have lost the impulse for empathy. We see fires raging in the west, we shrug and think to ourselves, 'that sucks, glad I'm not there,' and just go on about the day.

    The thing is though, sooner or later, everyone will be effected in one way or another by such events. That's why I say, we need to get in the mindset and set a "pace" for responding to these events because one day, it will be YOU.

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    WTF Scott W.'s Avatar


    Re: Sandy: Everyone, PLEASE

    On the bright side, this thread is only one reply short of the one that was following the incredible news that a Smurf village was bombed and a mere 10 replies away from the shocking coverage of a nuclear attack and its results.

    For me, I took another 10 spot and sent it to those who need it.

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    I'm watching you.


    Re: Sandy: Everyone, PLEASE

    We raided closets last night and gathered up warm clothes that don't fit anymore. Having a teenage son in the house means he outgrows stuff faster than we can keep him in it, even if I buy it a size or two too big! Sweaters, jackets, two coats, long sleeve shirts, and a few beanies. It's a start!
    "Only fine cigars are worth smoking, and only men who smoke fine cigars are worth kissing." -Joan Collins

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    WTF Scott W.'s Avatar


    Re: Sandy: Everyone, PLEASE

    Damn righ Jess...good stuff. It's getting damn cold out here heating oil is at a minimum right now.we are cleaning out closets right now as well in order to get some clothing donations out,

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    Elder Puffer Fish Leader


    Re: Sandy: Everyone, PLEASE

    I don't think that the lack of responses from the membership necessarily reflects the concerns we have, empathy we feel, and help we understand that's needed by those affected by this disaster. Personally, I've send what I felt we could afford many days ago, and we continue to reach down and try to find more ways to help. I have family members, from the Jersey Highlands, staying with us because their home is flooded and they're still without power. Right now, they are grateful for a hot meal and a warm bed.

    We're being constantly updated here, by the media, about the current conditions along our coast and in New York. Not a day goes by that we're not drying eyes when we hear fellow Americans crying out for more help.

    I appreciate those who are bringing this topic to the forefront, though, and pray that the citizens of our great nation will respond, in any way possible, to reach out to assist those who need our help so desparately.

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    Full grown Puffer Fish Mr.Cam's Avatar


    Re: Sandy: Everyone, PLEASE

    I wish I had seen this post earlier, luckily I friended Tony when I first joined and it popped up in my profile. I am a native North Easterner, luckily and thanking god my family is safe and only had to deal w/o power for a couple days. We used to frequently take small weekend trips to Seaside Heights when I was younger and looked forward to doing the same with my children, I will not be able to walk the same boardwalk or take them on the same rides. This storm also took away peoples traditions along with their whole way of life.

    I can't even begin to fathom the reality people are living right now in NJ/NY area. Just to think people have lost their homes, memories, family members to include children, and also their jobs due to destruction.

    I watched the news yesterday and there was quite a moving story. A young girl in NJ (I believe Hoboken), lived on one of the only blocks that had electricity, she wanted to help out so she grabbed all the electronic device charges/USB's she could get and made a charging station outside her for victims to charge their cell phones/tablets, while also collecting donations for the red cross. I forget the numbers but she did more than just charge electronic devices, she provided a means of communication and piece of mind for those with distant family and friends. Which reminds me that the simplest thing can make a huge difference.

    I have two small children who are constantly outgrowing clothing, we had two large trash bags filled with jackets, boots, pants, etc. We were going to donate them to the local blue bin put are sending them to NJ instead.

    For less than a premium cigar and equal to a couple drinks at the bar you can send $10 to the Red Cross and provide some aid.

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