• 5 Things We’ve Learned From Hurricane Sandy

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    Hurricane Sandy happened five years ago today. The destruction in Hoboken was unthinkable. But, from every horrible situation comes something good — be it a lesson, a friend, or just an experience that will make you who you are today. Because after all — just like other stressful events in our lives, I bet most of us can recall exactly where we were, what we were doing, who we were with, and what we learned on this day.

    Photo by Clinton Gates: 15th & Park in Hoboken

    Here are a few things I’ve learned:

    1. Meet Your Neighbors: 

    It’s so important to be kind to your neighbors and make an effort to get to know them (at least on a first name basis!). In tough times like these, relying on the friendship and help of neighbors and friends can be crucial.



    Neighbors using charging stations in Hoboken during the storm

    2. Be Kind:

    Let alone neighbors…the kindness of strangers could definitely be felt throughout the storm. From people donating things to shelters to friends and even strangers taking each other in when houses and apartments were destroyed — it was amazing to see the sense of community in our little city. Pay it forward is true in every sense of the word. Make it your mantra.


    3. Always Be Prepared:

    Be prepared. For the power to go out — for food shortages — for gas shortages… and so on. Don’t forget food for your dog, fresh water, cash…there are so many things we take for granted due to the luxury of the first world lives that we lead.

    Photo by Robert Rottkamp

    Photo by Robert Rottkamp

    A few articles for you to peruse — How to Charge Your Phone During a Blackout and 9 Kits You Should Have in Your Home to Prepare You For ANYTHING. Also — here’s a great list from Gawker on Disaster-safe Foods to Eat {as long as they haven’t touched any contaminated waters, of course}. Read, re-read, and get it together {just to be safe}!

    And please, please, please…LISTEN to your evacuation orders.


    4. Social Media is a Powerful Tool:


    I found that when people asked about Hurricane Sandy, they were in disbelief at how quickly information could be disseminated via Twitter, Facebook, blogs, etc. During Hurricane Sandy, many people could not make phone calls or use their computers — but smartphones were able to be used to access Twitter. Lesson: Stay Connected {to a degree}! 


    5. Appreciate Everything:

    After experiencing Hurricane Sandy, it was sobering to realize how much I personally took for granted in Hoboken. How about you? From the amazing restaurants to the shops on 1st Street to Pier C — it was quite shocking to see how much destruction could be created from a natural disaster so quickly and easily. Disasters unfortunately can remind us of how lucky we really are — and also what we take for granted on a daily basis. It reminds us that instead of worrying about buying luxury items or a new car, we should sometimes think about the people whose lives were ruined by disasters such as Sandy.

    While I will in no way say that Hurricane Sandy was any sort of positive event in Hoboken’s history, I do feel that it brought Hoboken as a community closer together — showing us the power of kindness, love, and compassion in our little Mile Square.

    Those are just a few of the things learned from Hurricane Sandy. How about you — what did you learn? I’d love to hear.


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    Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Hoboken Girl. She started the site to discover and share the wealth of things happening in Hudson County. Her roots in the area extend to her maternal grandparents, who owned two textile factories in Weehawken and North Bergen. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event/volunteer project or editing her life away, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog + rescue pup, or watching the latest murder doc on Netflix with her husband.

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