Voices from the Storm

Here, we share a series of essays highlighting personal experiences during mega-storm Sandy. Weather affects all coastal dwellers each year--but beach people remain a resilient crew, no matter how tumultuous the sea. We think you'll be cheered, comforted, and enlightened by their words and their distinct perspectives. We also encourage you to help with the Sandy relief efforts by contributing at redcross.org.

  • Hurricane Sandy aftermath in New Jersey and New York

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    We’re committed to continuing to tell the stories of those affected by Hurricane Sandy. If you'd like to contribute, please share your personal story and photos. We want to know how you were impacted, what you learned, and what has given you hope.

Hirten Family

A Year After Sandy: A Life Vest of Our Own

A family’s hope is restored after making a moving discovery.

Richardson Family

A Year After Sandy: Making Room for New Memories

After evacuating their seaside home in New Jersey, a couple focuses on the positive.

A Year After Hurricane Sandy: Suzanne and Frank

A Year After Sandy: Jersey Strong

Suzanne and Frank Thomas' Highlands, New Jersey, home sustained dramatic damage in the storm, but they are lovingly bringing it back to life.

A Year After Hurricane Sandy: Suzanne and Frank

A Year After Sandy: Rebuilding in Rockaway Park

Mary Kate Tuohy's home was a mecca for neighborhood gatherings, including the night of October 29, 2012, when friends and family gathered to ride out Hurricane Sandy.

Janet Carlson

Voices from the Storm: The New Envy

Counting your blessings takes on new meaning in the wake of loss.

Laurie Albanese

Voices from the Storm: Politics Aside

Devastation after the storm helped to bring unlikely people together.

Julia Savacool

Voices From the Storm: The Sailor's Way

Out at the marina, it was all hands on deck.

Alice Elliott Dark

Voices from the Storm: Old Storms, Old Friends

Sandy triggers memories of a childhood storm--and a reunion of friends

Susan Farewell

Voices From the Storm: Long Walk Home

The journey home allowed time for introspection

Christy Schmitt

Voices From the Storm: A Breezy Point Tradition

In the midst of destruction, one beloved holiday tradition in Breezy Point, New York, will go on

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