Letters

United We Survive

Oct 04, 2017

To the Editor:

We are being bombarded by horror stories of post-hurricane life in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. These stories and images are especially difficult to see as we look back at our own Sandy experiences this month as the fifth anniversary of our “superstorm” approaches.

Sandy was unique: in size, by definition, by direction, by location. She broke our homes, our hearts and changed our perception of what a single storm can do.

Those of us associated with Surviving Sandy: Long Beach Island and the Greatest Storm of the Jersey Shore knew when we put this book together – and Larry Savadove predicted in Great Storms of the Jersey Shore – that there would be worse storms down the line. Sandy was the first to prove that true. Harvey, Irma and Maria taught that same, albeit harsher lesson to millions more. And Maria won’t be the last. Scary as that sounds, the after-storm unity this world consistently practices is truly hopeful.

Buildings can fail. Insurances can fail. Politicians can fail. People do not, when they help each other. It happened after Sandy. It happened after Harvey, Irma and now Maria. And it won’t be the last time we unite either. Faith. Hope. Love.

Scott Mazzella

Matawan, N.J., and Holgate

The writer is author of Surviving Sandy: Long Beach Island and the Greatest Storm of the Jersey Shore.

 

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