Tag: Hurricane Sandy
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. 9, 2012
Education for a climate-changed world
After years of climate change being a minor issue, Hurricane Sandy has elevated this issue to the front page. As Cuomo notes, we now live in a world with a changed climate. Sandy is no longer an aberration but part of the new normal. Sandy’s devastating impact will likely prove to be the most expensive storm ever (estimates already exceed $50 billion). Regardless of what we do to reduce carbon dioxide emissions over the next decades, the disruption of weather will continue to accelerate over the next 100 years and beyond.
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.
Nov. 2, 2012
I spent an hour and a half in Trader Joe’s on the Sunday before Hurricane Sandy just to write this article … and to pick up some bagels.