Experience with Hurricane Sandy & Storm Athena

I know I haven’t blogged in about one month, and there are several reasons for that— a combination of too much time spent at my job and not enough free time. But the main reason I haven’t been able to blog for the past two weeks is because the Northeast was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, which wreaked havoc up and down the Northeast on Oct. 29. This storm left a devastating impact on my whole area, destroying countless homes, washing away our boardwalks, flooding towns and leaving entire communities without power for about two weeks. To make matters worst, a second storm— Storm Athena— coated our area on Oct. 7 with 3-4 inches of snow as we sat in our cold houses without electricity or heat. And yet in the wake of the place we call home being destroyed, I have witnessed something spectacular. Communities have banded together to help restore our home, despite their own home life being in shambles. People have donated money and time, when they themselves now have nothing. Countless generosity and selfless acts have been a part of our lives since Hurricane Sandy stormed through. And for that I am truly grateful.

*Will upload more pictures as my Internet gets better

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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