Wanting to help out, I volunteered with GOLES yesterday, a Lower East Side relief organization. It quickly dawned on me why we were not seeing more sandy related repairs. The people I came across had much bigger problems than not being able to check their email or the loss of family pictures. They are living in apartments that have been ravaged by floods, without heat or running water. The flood may have receded, but they will be sorting out the damage and disruption to their lives for a long time to come.
Computer problems are a nuisance, but they are not life threatening. As the storm fades into memory and the little everyday dramas become normal again, as they are bound to, it’s good to remember events like Sandy to keep life’s ups and downs in perspective.