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The Post-Sandy Road to Recovery

by JSG31. July 2013 11:02

When Hurricane Sandy ripped through the Northeast this past fall, it left unimaginable devastation in its wake. Cities and communities were washed out and the effects of it were—to many in its path—a disaster. 

Some of those storm-related statistics, according to this article, are:

  • Businesses in the affected areas lost a combined $25,000,000,000
  • 8,100,000 homes lost power in 17 states
  • Sandy’s diameter measured 820 miles when it touched down in Atlantic City
  • New York City, New Jersey, and Long Island residents were forced to ration gas for 15, 11, and 9 days, respectively

However, out of disasters, help and heroism often emerge. The road to recovery is far from its end, but people are still fervently rebuilding—and helping each other rebuild. Recently, volunteers from as far as Colorado, working for Habitat for Humanity, arrived in Bergen County, NJ, to clean up, repair, and rebuild homes damaged in the storm.

President Obama, when visiting the Jersey Shore on Memorial Day, stated “Now, we all understand there’s still a lot of work to be done…there are homes to rebuild. There are businesses to reopen. But thanks to the hard work of an awful lot of people, we’ve got wonderful shops and restaurants and arcades that are opening their doors.”

We’ve seen it personally at Jeannette Specially Glass. We’ve had a huge amount of customers coming to us in need of large quantities of our Rodeo Drive product line for industrial and commercial outdoor lighting. They are replacing lighting throughout parks, city streets, and recreation areas around the region, following the devastation the storm wrought on their areas’ lighting.

As such, we are grateful that all of these customers from Pennsylvania and surrounding regions are choosing to support local, “Made in the USA” businesses, and we are proud and happy to provide them with the quality products they deserve.

While there’s still much to be done, we know everyone will come out ahead as we all continue to rebuild. 

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