To our friends battling miseries in the East: How can we help?

Nothing I’ve seen or read does justice to the immensity of Superstorm Sandy. But as we learned from multi-eventer Robert Baker and his Katrina ordeal, we masters athletes overcome all adversity. So I hope my Eastern friends, especially those in New York and New Jersey, are finding power, water and hope in these ugly days. Please check in here, and let us know you’re OK. And if you need help, let us know.

Downed tree in Battery Park area of Manhattan shows Sandy’s power.

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October 31, 2012

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  1. Neni - October 31, 2012

    With over 4 million people in the metro area without power and watching the news of the devastation that “Sandy” has caused, it is shocking. The absolute destruction of homes and whole neighborhoods by either the flood waters or fires is heartbreaking especially when there is a loss of life.

    I am fortunate that where I live is away from the water and I am on a hill so I never lost power due to the power lines being underground. I live on a tree lined street and I am surrounded by trees so my biggest worry was a tree coming down on my home with the high winds.

    My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected
    by this storm.

  2. al cestero - November 3, 2012

    i too live about 15 miles from the shore on a hill.our 150 year old house held up strong, and a woodstove kept us warm , as we just got our electric back an hour ago .a generator allowed us to shower and to flush…the devastation is maximum throughout whole areas…what the wind didn’t wreck, the water did, and also large trees, and fires from severed gas lines… i’m 58 and have never seen the power of nature rear up like this. prayers are needed for the many families that were hit hard…! i must comment about the civility and harmony that was displayed by everyone on the roads with no traffic lights working. i am a believer in the inherent good of mankind, and was proven right the past few days…keep praying for those in need…!!!

  3. Rob Jerome - November 3, 2012

    With the cancellation of the New York City Marathon and thousands of participants already here from around the world, many have banded together to help in the relief efforts.

    Says a lot about the spirit of the track and field community.

  4. peter taylor - November 4, 2012

    Very nicely said, Rob, and I heartily agree.

  5. Rob Jerome - November 4, 2012

    Here’s the website for the Marathoners Relief Project.

    In one of their efforts, they will meet today at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn (as far as the subway will currently take them)and then they will run 8 miles to help out on Coney Island, one of the hardest hit areas. There’s no stopping runners with a cause!

  6. Marie-Louise Michelsohn - November 4, 2012

    For those of you who know that I live on Long Island right on the water and are worried about me I am OK. I know people have tried to reach me and failed, so I want you not to worry. We of course do not have power or telephone which means we do not have heat. the house is now 52 degrees in the warmest area – 48 degrees elsewhere. We did not have running water, since we have our own well run by an electric pump but have since hooked up water from a neighbor. The night of the storm was fairly scary. We made 72 sandbags but the water did not come up to our house. I am in my office at the university. The university has generators. However, the university has been closed all week – a first.

    Nonetheless we are OK – just wanted to let you know. Sadly, many are doing much worse. We need to do something about climate change and stop producing so much greenhouse gas!

  7. Marie-Louise Michelsohn - November 4, 2012

    PS We don’t expect power here for another week. -Maybe more.

  8. peter taylor - November 6, 2012

    Glad to hear, Marie-Louise, that you are OK. Very hard to do without power in this modern world, however.

    Speaking of the modern world, did you know that September was the 331st consecutive month that the temperature for the world as a whole was higher than the 20th-century average? Let’s see, 331 months would be 27 years and 7 months. Quite a stretch (this is according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA]).

    Perhaps there is a connection, as you suggest, between this amazing run of above-average temperatures and the big storms we have seen recently.

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