Disaster Survivor, Hurricane Sandy
New York City, Oct. 2012

Dee, a San Francisco resident, was visiting friends in New York City during Hurricane Sandy. After braving the first few hours on her own, Dee connected with a co-worker, and spent the rest of the storm making sure her other colleagues were safe.

My coworker and I created an email thread with everyone from the office. They responded to the email or text so we could track where everyone was.

How I'm prepared:

  • Emergency supplies

    Emergency supplies

    “Having a kit could be a matter of saving your life. If you never have to use it, even better...but at least you have things if you need them.”

    Gather Supplies
  • Out of area contact

    Out of area contact

    “We set up a person that is not in California that we all call to disseminate information about all of us, if it’s state-wide emergency. It’s an aunt in Michigan.”

    Get Connected
  • Meetup plan

    Meetup plan

    “We set up a calling tree with our friends, and we have a meeting place. We have a general timeline—after an emergency, on the half hour, every half hour. It’s a corner store near our houses.”

    Make a plan