I live in New Jersey. A rural/suburban area better known as Horse Country to some folks and I just got my internet connection back yesterday. We got power back on Saturday. Luckily we have a Generac generator that is hooked up to our electric panel and has a transfer switch and also runs on propane. I am beyond expression with just how grateful I am that we made that purchase.
Trees came down around our neighborhood, but no one got hit or hurt. We were very fortunate, but some people we know were not so lucky. A friend in Rockland County, NY had a tree go through their roof and destroy the guest room. They are all fine, but being displaced with three kids (who are all 2 years old) has been trying to say the least. Also dealing with insurance, tree removal and contractors has been no picnic.
Being without the Internet I had no idea just how awful the destruction was to the New Jersey and New York coasts. I had only seen the aftermath in my area and it looked like Armageddon with all the trees perched precariously on wires or downed on front lawns. The telephone poles snapped in half, dangling and ready to fall in the road because no one has been able to come out and cut them down yet.
Now it is snowing here and the wet snow and coastal flooding threatens our beleaguered state. I am happy we were prepared and still are. We had a propane deliver on Sunday which was wonderful because we were due to run out of gas on Monday. That would have sucked, but we could have handled it until they got here with our gas.
I am fortunate to know someone who practices emergency preparedness and we had gotten a good education and amount of info from her and so we were very ready. I worry now about those who aren't and never will be. But let's be honest, we can only do so much. Mother Nature is strong and no generator would have saved the houses in Union Beach or Mantoloking or Breezy Point. People have lost every single thing they owned. They have lost their communities, their neighborhoods, the lives they may have always known or were just starting. Ocean City, MD, Staten Island, NY, Point Pleasant, NJ, these are just some of the towns and areas that will never be the same. They will exist in a different way now or not at all. People of all socioeconomic backgrounds were hit by this storm so there should not be "Well, those million dollar home owners have money, so rebuilding should be easy." These were their homes, the place they loved to be. Whether it was a cottage, a stately mansion or year round or weekends is irrelevant. Sandy took all they had worked for and tossed it around like dust in the wind.
Here is a link to some pictures of the devastation.
Warm regards from the Garden State.