Heroes of Hurricane Sandy on this week’s cover of People: very nice choice

People Magazine’s latest cover is a special report telling the stories of the people who risked their lives to help others during Hurricane Sandy. It’s a very topical cover and gives recognition to both the people who suffered immensely and those who went out of their way to help during one of the worst natural disasters our country has faced in recent history. The preparation and quick response to this tragedy surely spared countless lives. This issue of People will be on newsstands Friday. Here’s a little more, from People:

When Sandy slammed into the East Coast, strangers became family and dozens of heroes emerged to save their neighbors, friends and people they’d never met.

In Seaside Heights, N.J., mother of three Vickie Rietheimer, 33, heard screams for help after water surged through her neighborhood and saw her neighbors barely clinging onto a fence in the swirling water.

“We opened the door,” she says, “and got them inside our apartment.”

Unwilling to give up even when generators flooded at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, Lori Touchette, 30, the charge nurse at the Congenital Cardio-Vascular Care Unit safely evacuated critically-ill children down 15 flights of wet stairs, manually pushing air into their tiny lungs each step of the way.

“It was a harrowing experience,” she says. “Everybody in the hospital came together.”

Says grateful mother Carlene Joseph, 40, whose daughter, Naomi, 2, was a heart surgery patient saved by Touchette: “To see all that night was amazing. I was praying that the angels would be there to make everyone feel calm. And my prayers were answered.”

[From People]

It’s been over a week since Sandy hit and there are still people on Staten Island and Long Island without power. (And also in NJ and other areas! I didn’t mean to forget them.) The power companies say they’ve restored most of the power and are working tirelessly to restore it. There are also countless organizations and people on the ground trying to help those affected.

As a personal note, my mom grew up in Long Island, and we’ve visited the area all throughout our lives. The last I heard about my mom’s cousin’s family, they don’t have power and have been cooking outside on the grill. They’re using an extension cord to borrow power from the neighbors to operate a space heater for my elderly great aunt. I also have been looking up the situation on Long Island and have found some nice stories and photos of people holding food and clothing drives, of free cookouts being given by concerned neighbors, and of local restaurants and business distributing free food. The National Guard is also on hand to prevent looting and help with the cleanup. A guy named Kurt Christensen has been documenting, via Flickr, the damage and recovery efforts in his neighborhood of Lindenhurst, NY. That was my mom’s hometown but thankfully my mom’s cousin now lives in another area.

Our thoughts go out to all of those affected by Sandy, and we are so grateful to the people who are helping in that area. You can donate to the American Red Cross by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to their disaster relief fund. You can also donate here.

There’s a storm coming to that area soon and we hope that everyone is ok. They’ve gone through so much.

All photos credit Timothy Krause/Flickr

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  1. 2000 says:

    It hasn`t been two weeks yet. It was last Monday…. But it was devastating indeed and it will take a long time to recover. Thanks to all the people who helped and this is a nice gesture towards them.

  2. QQ says:

    I hope it brings the attention and assistance that the community there Sorely Needs!

  3. Tiffany says:

    People Magazine got this one right. I find myself buying the issues that features civilian stories. They can go into puff piece overdrive.

  4. gee says:

    I’m glad, I feel like the media blew over Sandy! I just got power back last night and I’m in Westchester. Almost 50% of the county is still without power, and a lot of these homes are OLD so they have no water when there is no power. NY, NJ and areas south are really still struggling with limited transportation, gas shortages, some businesses and schools still closed, property damage and worse. An entire neighborhood in Queens burnt to the ground and over 90 people died in this storm. I wish more people would pay attention. Kudos to People.

    • Jennipurrr says:

      I agree, it’s always on to the next sensational headline. I live in Canada and, honestly, if my sister did not live in NYC I probably wouldn’t have paid too much attention. Things zip by so fast unless you are in the middle of them.

  5. AK says:

    Lots of people in NJ without power too.

  6. Dragonlady sakura says:

    My uncle in New Jersey just got his power back Monday. And boy is he grateful. Pray for everyone involved and donate to the Red Cross.

  7. Apples says:

    I LOVE that you added the Red Cross donation information at the end of your post- great reporting, classy move.

  8. Dawn K says:

    Tons in NJ (500,000) without power as well. We just got ours on last night. I can’t complain though- we got off easy by losing power.

  9. LongBeachNY STRONG ISLAND says:

    Thank you people magazine. I’m a born and raised Long Beach NY resident. Our entire island like many of the other seaside communities were demolished and have not gotten power back. The amazing outreach by community members on Long Island has been wonderful and I am proud to be from LI. I pray we all survive tonight but the weather is already getting bad. Hoping those who are homeless get to shelter. Special thanks to all govt agencies and the national guard for all their efforts in ensuring residents are safe w food water and shelter.

  10. Dani says:

    You forgot to mention Brooklyn! Sheepshead, Brighton, Marine Park, Redhook etc. are all STILL without power, clean water, and gas. People are living in the streets, not enough food or clothing or shelter to house all of the people who lost EVERYTHING.

  11. Janet says:

    There are still people in Brooklyn and Queens (Rockaway area) who are freezing in the dark ten days after Sandy hit.

  12. guilty pleasures says:

    This is so horrible. My heart goes out to all affected, and I am sending what I can financially. I live on the West coast, where we are aware that we are just waiting for the big earthquake (50 years overdue already). I have an emergency kit, but when I see the reality of what real devastation is, I know my prep is a mere bandaid-even if I could locate and retrieve the backpacks they would only help for a day or two. I have a partner who has a critical illness, it would, very literally, kill him to go through this.
    The way you are pulling together shows the indomitability of the human spirit, please, stay strong!
    Seeing that people are pulling together to clean up, not just paid workers, is also wonderful. I remember going downtown after work on the day after our Vancouver Stanley Cup riots last year to help with the cleanup, and everything was already cleaned up. People, I think, are intrinsically good.

  13. I Choose Me says:

    Kudos to people and to Celebitchy for mentioning it. My heart goes out to all those affected. Donated to Red Cross and wish I could do more.

    guilty pleasure says:People, I think, are intrinsically good.

    Yes. It always warms the cockles of my cynical heart to see how people can come together in a crisis.

  14. j.eyre says:

    May relief come soon to all. Prayers to everyone affected.

  15. johnnybadboytapia says:

    I am beyond upset with the coverage of this storm, I live in the rockaways and on the news all you hear about is NJ and Staten Island I stayed in my apt without any power for a week boiling hot water to take baths, finally when the temp dropped we got a hotel room. this week. after seversl failed attempts to contact LIPA i called 311 who was just as useless. I finally called my district council man who informed me it will be another week without power ( 3 weeks total) so now not only am i not working ( i am one of the ppl who work downtown manhattan and whose building got the worst of it) i have to pay for a hotel for additional weeks. There is no transportation in or out the rockaways if u dont drive after dark because the buses refuse to go there. Ive seen fema there once handing out MRE and water only after 4 days. I have never been so depressed and disappointed with the Mayor Bloomberg and the Gov in my life! I cry everyday ppl have no idea how hard this is how much of a toll this takes on a person menatlly.

    • lucy2 says:

      There is disaster unemployment assistance, basically temporary unemployment which should help a little. If you can get online, apply, and good luck!

  16. phlyfiremama says:

    The nurses & other medical people of NYU Hospital were the ones that made me cry! Their dedication & perserverence was heart wrenching & made me SO PROUD. After Ike we were without power for over 2 weeks, but we made it through & perservered. There is a new day dawning for our country, and the entire world, and we have the obligation to step up and each do our part. “Each one help one”. I love you America~we made the right choices last night, and that hoped for change WILL become reality.

  17. phlyfiremama says:

    FYI: Occupy Sandy, an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street, is also accepting donations of volunteers, supplies, and money. They are on the street, accomplishing incredible feats, and deserve support as well.

  18. seamonster says:

    don’t donate to red cross. incredibly corrupt. way better aid organizations.

  19. AmyLynne says:

    I live in Suffolk County. I feel lucky that all I lost was power but I still don’t have it back after 9 days and now it’s freezing during this nor’easter. It’s making it very difficult to be optimistic and the poster above who mentioned the mental toll it takes was right. Yet still, I know I’m lucky.

  20. lucy2 says:

    I live at the NJ shore and while I didn’t have damage, so much of the community has been devastated.
    What has made it easier is seeing the outpouring of love and generosity from so many people. In my town, they actually had to move the donation center to a bigger building because they were overwhelmed with items. I volunteered to help gut houses over the weekend, and there were so many high school kids there, working their butts off doing a really unpleasant job. There have been fleets of utility workers from all of the country, working in the cold (and snow) to help. And I can’t say enough thanks for the EMTS, police, firefighters, Coast Guard, and National Guard who have been working day and night.
    Two good sources for anyone looking to help directly:
    Both have lists of needs and shelter locations, plus the JSHN has a lot of updates and info.

    Everything is appreciated – donations, time, thoughts, prayers.

  21. islandwalker says:

    Bravo for People Magazine…. a phrase I have never typed before. My thoughts are with all of you who are still suffering through Sandy’s wreckage. I pray the new storm spares you. Thank you to all of the volunteers and neighbors helping neighbors. Our island in the Bahamas was hit but we got off lightly, with mostly power out a few days and a lot of road damage. My family went through Katrina and I know how overwhelming it can be. Hang in there!

    Make those Red Cross donations friends!!!!!