So what does one do? Pray, first off. Gather loved ones close and realize how precious and fragile life actually is, and give thanks you have it good enough that simple fact warrants a reminder. Then you do what you can.
In the days following the storm, there has been an outpouring of support, some from areas that were, just a year ago, digging out of disaster themselves. Churches, chambers and private citizens are taking time and effort to load up supplies and ship them Downstate, and many of our local emergency responders are doing their part to help alleviate the suffering by volunteering. These are just small glimpses of what become the bright spots in the storm clouds.
If you’re wondering what you can do, well, probably the best thing is to open up your wallet. The Red Cross and other organizations need capital more than they need canned food. As we advised last week, you can make a donation very easily by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 contribution. Go to redcross.org if you’d like to give more — and remember your gift is tax deductible.
And if you’d like to get your hands dirty, remember it’s more helpful if you’re ready to be called upon. Consider signing up as a Red Cross volunteer. But whatever you do, don’t ignore what’s happening down the road, because as New Yorkers — as humans — we should all take notice.