Wednesday, October 31, 2012

New York City, Hurricane Sandy, and Social Media

My hearts and prayers go out to the families of those who perished because of Hurricane Sandy.  The hurricane and its aftermath may end up costing at least $50 billion dollars in damage.  In addition, the media is reporting that at least 50 people lost their lives due to this storm.

Sandy knocked offline popular websites Gawker, Huffington Post, and Deadspin. At this point, it is too early to fully calculate all of the damage done from this horrific storm.  In the comming days, weeks, and months there may be a better assessment of how this storm has affected those living the path and wake of Sandy.

I could discuss the importance of utilizing the cloud to back up data, or how social media can save lives.  However, as a former resident of New York City and one who became homeless after 9/11, I understand now is not the right time to talk about how social media or other digital technologies can be utilized to help lessen the effects of future calamities.   

The bottom line is that New York City is the toughest city in the world and it will get through this and become stronger by doing so.  The lessons learned from this terrible tragedy may help avert some of the same problems from happening again in the future.

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