Dec. 7, 2012
Hurricane Sandy: the aftermath
The northern East Coast of the United States experienced an anomaly a month ago when it was hit by a natural disaster that was uncharacteristic of the region. The hurricane turned out to be a Category 1 disaster, a rating at which many southern folks might have guffawed. However, the difference between southern hurricanes and Sandy was that the possible effects on industry, infrastructure, and lives were more severe due to the concentrated population in the region. In anticipation of the hurricane, media outlets sent out many warnings, including The New York Times’ statement predicting “‘life-threatening’ flooding … nation’s most densely populated areas.” USA Today even likened the potential damage Sandy could cause to that of devastating Hurricane Katrina in 2005, creating cause for concern in the entire tri-state area. Even with all the necessary information provided prior to the hurricane, more damage was done due to the carelessness of residents who failed to acknowledge the true threat that Sandy presented.
Nov. 2, 2012
Campus was prepped for Sandy
Drexel University officials canceled classes and closed most campus facilities Oct. 29 and 30 in response to what was being called a “once-in-a-lifetime” storm. Hurricane Sandy had most of the East Coast on edge Oct. 27-28 while it made its way toward the Philadelphia area.