It has been a little over a month since Hurricane Sandy affected 24 states, including the entire eastern seaboard from Florida to Maine, with particularly severe damage in New Jersey and New York. Northeast surfing spots, like Long Beach and Ocean City, were utterly destroyed – surf shops were flooded and blown away, boardwalks were ripped apart and the beaches were severely eroded.
The storm surge hit on October 29, and became the most devastating storm to hit New York and New Jersey since 1938. It was also the costliest storm to hit the region, flooding streets, tunnels and subway lines and cutting power in and around NYC. Many families along the Jersey Shore and Long Island lost their homes and the death toll totaled more than 110 people. Total damage in the US is estimated at over $63 billion.
Although most of the cleanup is done, there are still people powerless, homeless, hungry and cold on Long Island and in New Jersey.
Non-profit org Waves for Water is currently leading a multi-phase focused effort to remove storm debris and assist with other basic survival needs. They have already helped with local crews to remove debris and provide basic survival supplies, including food, water, and blankets. The next phase is to help sustain people until basic infrastructure can be restored, and then take the hardest hit area and assist with their rebuilding efforts.
If you’re looking for a way to help, our friends at Sector 9 are offering up a Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Tee in either black or white. It’s made of 100% organic cotton, and best of all 100% of the sales proceeds of each tee will be donated to the Waves for Water Hurricane Relief Initiative to support their disaster relief efforts in New York and New Jersey.
For more information, on the Waves to Water mission, go to http://www.wavesforwater.org/.