Downed Tree from Hurricane Sandy

New York City has been hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. We’re here, safe, thank God, grateful that our little corner of NYC hasn’t been hit as hard as some others. (Just some downed trees).

So far, 34 people have lost their lives in this disaster. Many people have been injured, are without power, or have lost their homes.

Last night a friend called, frantic: A man who had refused to evacuate was trapped on top of a garbage truck at Coney Island and she needed us to help her locate him using Google Earth and his phoned-in descriptions of location. She called the Coast Guard (we are waiting to hear if they found him).

There have been at least a couple of explosions which have caused raging fires. Some hospital and nursing-home patients have been evacuated. Medical care for hundreds of thousands has been interrupted.

For us, it is largely an inconvenience. We also worry about clients who have appointments scheduled individual and group therapy at my program. 

We can’t take mass transit to work or anywhere else, and like most New Yorkers, we’re subway riders. But, we do have Internet connectivity. So we’re limiting ourselves to indoor activities and visits in the immediate neighborhood.

In the wake of Sandy, a lot of businesses aren’t open. Unfortunately, we’ve been hearing horror stories about car services (taxis that you call, but don’t flag down) that have been charging  as much as four times the normal amount to get places.  Price gouging in the wake of tragedy. Not something that makes New Yorkers proud.

We’ve made a game plan for today, though we actually put some of this in place yesterday:

1. Call people we know (at least those without extensive family networks) to make sure they’re okay. Patients, friends, family. We started calling yesterday and managed to reach all our co-workers.

2. Deliver hot soup. Some areas are without power. We have power, so last night we made a giant (24 servings) of lima-bean vegetable soup and we’re going to deliver it to whoever needs or wants it. We know people who don’t cook and rely on restaurants or take-out for lunch and dinner.

3. Check up on the elderly and infirm in our surrounding area. They might need food, emergency care or prescriptions. They might just need someone to talk to or a visit to cheer them up.

4. Donate to the Red Cross. (If you want to help, give money, blood, or volunteer your time.)

4. Bake cookies. (Peanut-butter).

5. Work on some projects that we barely get time to focus on (our addiction book, for starters).

We’re really blessed that our neighborhood seems to be one of the least hard-hit. For everyone in harder-hit areas, our prayers are with you.

Richard and C.R.

 

 

 


Comments


View Comments / Leave a Comment

This post currently has 3 comments.
You can read the comments or leave your own thoughts.






    Last reviewed: 30 Oct 2012

APA Reference
& C.R. Zwolinski, R. (2012). Hurricane Sandy: Picking Up The Pieces. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 2, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/therapy-soup/2012/10/hurricane-sandy-picking-up-the-pieces/

 

Therapy Soup



Archives



Subscribe to this Blog:
Feed


Or Get a Single, Daily Email (enter email address):

via FeedBurner



Psychotherapy



Therapy Revolution
Check out the book!
Therapy Revolution: Find Help, Get Better, and
Move On without Wasting Time or Money
by Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski

Subscribe to this Blog:
Feed


Or Get a Single, Daily Email (enter email address):

via FeedBurner



Recent Comments
  • A.H: Sorry so long, but this is a picture of WHO you are dealing with when you deal with an extreme case of BPD.
  • A.H: I hear you on that paris! I too have a cousin with this disorder and I always hear so much about how she has a...
  • Starr: My ex was narcissistic his Facebook is plastered with s*utty women. That’s all his friends.
  • Maggie: The first time I read about narcissism I cried for days, I felt extreme relief and never felt guilty again. I...
  • Veritas1919: Methadone is the most dangerous opioid on the market, but Andrew Kolodny and those that support his...
Subscribe to Our Weekly Newsletter

Find a Therapist
Enter ZIP or postal code



Users Online: 12240
Join Us Now!