Guest Post: Picking up the pieces from Hurricane Sandy

English: Punta,Gorda,FL., Aug. 19, 2004 -- Dis...

English: Punta,Gorda,FL., Aug. 19, 2004 — Disaster Medical Assistance Team(DMATS) assist Jerry Nelson with emergency medical needs, later he then was taken to the hospital in North Port. DMATS were operating the day after Hurricane Charley hit. FEMA photo/Andrea Booher (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When Hurricance Sandy hit, it wreaked unparalleled damage on the North East. Billions of dollars of damage was caused by the winds and rain. There were photoshopped images of crazy things being washed up but the reality wasn’t as funny. Whether it was a metal canopy or a street light, Sandy was slicing through property as if it was made from Papier-mâché. Notwithstanding the damage to property, lives were lost and it was just the most horrific experience for those who had to live through it.

Many are still picking up the pieces. For a long time, they didn’t have electricity or their homes were unlivable. The houses had to be knocked out and rebuilt from scratch. With hundreds of thousands of people homeless, the demand for modular construction significantly increased.

There are those who are dealing with the insurance complexities from Hurricane Sandy. It seems inhumane that people have to go through these bureaucratic hoops after the suffering and heartache they have

What the authorities have to do is try to make it as easy as possible for people. Many have already been left despondent and broken and just don’t have the strength to deal with this.


This is one the biggest problems that people have following a massive disaster – having their spirit renewed. It can take a lot out of you to see everything you’ve worked for just vanish between your eyes. It is difficult to deal with having to start off at an advanced age in life.

Then your dreams and expectations diminish and you no longer are ambitious. All you want to do is try to get through the day. Try to have enough money to feed yourself and pay your basic bills.

Having the spirit of life sucked out of you is the hardest thing to overcome. Thankfully there are many who are donating to these people to make them feel better. Also many are volunteering their time and other things to help people.

When you are down in the dumps and feeling like the whole world is against you, there is nothing like that kindness of strangers to make you feel better. There is nothing like this to make you regain faith in the world.

Jerry Nelson is a freelance photojournalist from America.  Now living in Argentina, he continues to turn his lens on social justice issues around the globe.  Connect with Jerry on MosaicHub, Facebook or LinkedIn today. Follow this link to read more of his work on Huffington Post and Examiner.  Have a story that needs to reach national media?  Email him today.

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