Hurricane Sandy’s wrath is already being felt across the eastern part of the country, with Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy warning residents that the storm has the potential to be “the most catastrophic event that we have faced and been able to plan for in any of our lifetimes.”
Across the country, cities and towns prepared for the arrival of the Category 1 Hurricane, which had already claimed more than 60 lives in the Caribbean region. In New York City, which is expected to be one of Sandy’s hardest hit areas, Governor Andrew Cuomo suspended subway, bus and train services beginning Sunday night. Schools and offices were also closed across much of the East Coast.
Rescue efforts were already underway Monday, particularly in coastal areas that are seeing widespread flooding and surges of more than 10 feet. Early reports indicated rescuers had been dispatched to Oak Orchard, Delaware, a town resting on the Indian River Bay that is being hit by flooding, despite the fact that residents were urged to evacuate over the weekend.
The unprecedented storm, expected to collide with an oncoming cold front, took a unique path as it turned left to make landfall, seemingly taking dead aim at the Eastern Seaboard. But as much of the Northeast continues to prepare for the worst of the storm, cities and towns that have already taken the brunt of the damage are beginning to transition into recovery mode.
As public officials, residents, and utility and construction workers begin their disaster relief efforts, it is critical to exercise an abundance of caution, particularly when it comes to dealing with mass debris. To make the recovery process as safe, efficient and effective as possible, damaged towns often turn to the use of portable office trailers and storage containers. Apart from offering essential storage, modular structures can serve as emergency medical facilities, relief operations command centers and even temporary housing for individuals who have been displaced by the storm.
As we ride out the storm from our corporate office in Southeastern Pennsylvania and branch offices across the eastern U.S., our thoughts are with our customers, employees and everyone affected by the storm. And we wish you and your families a speedy recovery.