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Personal Narrative: A Post-Apocalyptic Time

Okay, so I think most people would agree with me when I say that Sandy was not what we expected. It was so much worse. With Hurricane Irene barely hitting the Hudson County area last year and businesses like Target and Walmart boarding up their stores and then luckily having it be for nothing, we thought it would be the same this year.

I have never witnessed such a bad storm hit this area and i’ve lived here all my life. Seeing Edgewater, Jersey City and Hoboken, towns I frequent all the time, under water, was completely mind-boggling.

I live in West New York, New Jersey right next to the Hudson River, just above Edgewater where the beautiful condos touch the dirty, black waters. My building was one of the last ones to lose power and we didn’t get it back until Friday of that week. My step-mom, being the smart one, filled up the bathtub, as well as a whole bunch of pots just in case we lost our water, which many in the building didn’t think would happen. I bet they regretted that for four days. Not only did we have to bathe from a limited water supply, but the water was freezing. We had one lantern, one mini flashlight, candles and a flashlight/glow stick combination with 200 hours of battery life that I bought at my job. That definitely came in handy when I had nothing else to do but read in the dark. It’s safe to say that the situation was just plain uncomfortable.

However, we were the lucky ones. Our suffering only lasted four days (which felt like an endless, hopeless, post-apocalyptic life-time for me) unlike all the other people who till this day, still have no power. I can’t begin to explain the empathy I feel for these people. That is why I encourage all of you to chip in with any help or donations you can make because, for the most part, we all know how it felt to be without power even if it was just for four days, like me.

I obviously couldn’t charge my phone after the storm until I realized I could charge it in my car (took me a while to realize, silly me). Social networking sites like Facebook, Instagram and GetGlue (i’m not much of a twitter fan) and notifications from CNN, USA Today and NY Times pretty much kept me sane. It reminded me that there was still life out there especially since my job didn’t open until a week and a half after the storm and I only went out to help gather extra water, candles, batteries and food for my granny who lives in the same town.

One of the nights after the storm, I didn’t realize how late it had gotten and I had to walk home in complete and utter darkness (ABSOLUTELY NO LIGHT) for about five blocks. Those were the scariest ten minutes of my life. And now, I have no money since I couldn’t work for almost two weeks, I barely have gas in my tank and I’m dreading the next time i’m going to have to get some because I don’t have enough patience to wait on line for two hours. Also, my building has 26 floors and three elevators, two of which were damaged during the storm (one was flooded and the other one has an electrical problem) so everyday I get to come home to over 40 people in the lobby waiting to get on the only working elevator (which will obviously end up breaking too since it’s being overused).

No big deal though, us Hudson County kids can obviously withstand anything. New Jersey and all of the affected east coast areas will rise stronger after this storm and will better prepare for the next one.

 

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