Hurricane Sandy Disabled Victims: 5 years after

Hurricane Sandy Disabled Victims

Hurricane Sandy Disabled Victims

As the tenth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaches, the effects of Hurricane Ian, which hit Florida and the Carolinas at the end of September, are still being felt all over the US. If preliminary loss estimates are accurate, it could end up being one of the deadliest and most catastrophic hurricanes in modern times.

Following Hurricane Sandy

it’s essential for people with special needs to stay updated on available resources. FEMA provides aid for those affected. Local governments and Hurricane Sandy Disabled Victims organizations can offer additional assistance, including help with medical equipment and disaster planning. It’s important for individuals with disabilities to have a plan and necessary supplies in case of emergency, and to be able to evade shelters without difficulty. Don’t hesitate to ask for aid if needed. By staying informed and prepared, those with disabilities can remain resilient in the aftermath of a natural disaster like Hurricane Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy Disabled Victims
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As residents of the UK

We cannot imagine the horror that these huge storm systems bring to other parts of the world. So we all watch the news when these hurricanes approach the mainland and tropical islands. But the horrors and distress that people there experience just cannot be properly felt unless you live there.

This scenario probably applies doubly if you are a disabled person, like the lady in the attached article, “Torres. I live in the part of New York where Hurricane Sandy struck five years ago. So Torres was badly affected, both mentally and physically.

Living in the New York district of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, she became stranded in her 8th-floor apartment. Torres suffers from cerebral palsy and, of course, is a wheelchair user. Of course, because of the loss of power, she became trapped in her apartment for six days. The mobility batteries in her wheelchair had gone flat, and she was unable to charge them up.

Hurricane Sandy Disabled Victims
Hurricane Sandy Disabled Victims

Hurricane Sandy Disabled victims, trapping them in bed for six days

She spent most of her time wrapped up in bed, without heating or running water. It had become a disaster for her. Consequently, this scenario must have been repeated hundreds of times.

Because there were many more disabled people in the same position, the attached image shows a valuable wheelchair abandoned after the floodwaters had receded. The water would have rendered the electrics and batteries useless.

It was bad enough for able-bodied people to respond to such a disaster. As a result, the lives of disabled people must have been completely upended. Okay, your power is back on, you pumped out the basement, and your kids may even be back in school. Or, at the very least, back to normal instead of cranky, exhausted, sad, numb, or anxious?

Even if you lost next to nothing and aren’t worried about money, you may be feeling a post-Sandy slump. This lady was feeling it five years after the devastating storm. No wonder Torres is still feeling out of sorts—we are covering up an underlayer of pure terror. I just cannot imagine being trapped in my room for six days in the cold with no heating.

 Our bodies feel threatened by the chill and the sudden loss of light. This, in turn, makes us feel jittery, tired, and anxious all at the same time. A true horror story, which I personally find hard to digest.  A court ruling after Hurricane Sandy forced New York City to develop a more inclusive emergency plan. Advocates say it hasn’t happened.

preparedness for people with disabilities, accommodate people with disabilities, independence of the disabled.

Source: 5 years after Sandy, this woman still worries about being left behind because of her disability | Grist

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