Of nineteen EveryBlock cities, New York City and Philadelphia were the most impacted by Hurricane Sandy. While many people were left without electricity and internet access, several used EveryBlock to connect with their neighbors during and after the storm to share vital information. Here's some of what we saw unfold:
- When the New York City area transit system was suspended, neighbors posted questions and information about local businesses remaining open for food, city services and hurricane supplies.
- As the rain and wind hit the city, neighbors reported loss of electricity and other services, such as cable. Post-storm, neighbors shared updates on when power returned to their neighborhood or when it reportedly would return.
- The gasoline shortage that continues in the New York City area prompted neighbors to ask where gasoline was available and give tips on where lines were long or where gasoline had already run out.
- When subway and bus services resumed, neighbors shared the limited routes and other important commuter information.
- The NYC parks were reopened over the weekend, so neighbors quickly took to EveryBlock to recruit their neighbors for cleanup efforts.
Lastly, and most importantly, in the storm's aftermath neighbors quickly began posting about how to help those most in need. Discussions ranging from volunteer opportunities to donation drop-offs offered ways to connect and assist others.
It was inspiring to see so many EveryBlockers connect during a difficult time. As the recovery from Hurricane Sandy continues, we're proud to provide a tool that encourages neighbors to keep each other informed through posting alerts and breaking neighborhood news, asking important questions, and sharing ways to give back to those in need.