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Superstorm Sandy: A Year Later

October 29, 2013

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Hurricane Sandy, also known as Superstorm Sandy, was the second-costliest hurricane in U.S. history, wreaking havoc everywhere on its path, but especially where it first moved ashore in New Jersey, Long Island and New York. Here's the impact of the storm by the numbers*:

  • $65 billion in damage
  • Largest Atlantic storm on record
  • 159 deaths
  • 650,000 homes, 250,500 vehicles and >300,000 business properties damaged or destroyed
  • 8.5 million customers without power following the storm
  • Maximum water levels recorded at several locations in NY (Battery, Kngs Point), NJ (Bergen Point, Sandy Hook) and CT (Bridgeport, New Haven)

It has been a year since this meteorological anomaly hit, prompting a significant charitable response by organizations that sheltered those left without a home, fed those without access to food and provided a sense of security to those who had lost so much. Evidence of the Superstorm is still present and there is still work to be done, infrastructure to rebuild, homes repaired and communities supported.

If you gave last year, then now is the time, as we say in our Tips for Giving in Times of Crisis, to follow up on your Superstorm Sandy donations. And you may also want to consider giving to one of the charities listed here which are still involved in Superstorm Sandy recovery work. Click on the charity's name to view its rating and access a link to the charity's website where you can learn more about its ongoing Superstorm Sandy efforts.

(To view our coverage of this diaster last year, visit the Article section of our site.)

*USA Today, Oct 29, 2013, One year after Sandy, 9 devastating facts

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