Hurricane Sandy Disabled Victims-5 years after Sandy,woman still worries about being left behind with her disability | Grist

Hurricane Sandy Disabled Victims

Torres lives with cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. With the power out in her public housing unit on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, she couldn’t use the elevator to leave her 8th-floor apartment. Even if she had made it out, the bus downstairs that would take her to an emergency shelter wasn’t equipped for people in wheelchairs. So she rode out the storm in her apartment, spending six days in the dark with no heat or running water. She couldn’t charge her electric wheelchair, so she spent most of that time trapped in bed.

Hurricane Sandy Disabled Victims

As a resident of the UK, then we cannot imagine the horror that these huge storm systems bring to other parts of the world. So we all watch the news when these hurricanes approach the  mainland and tropical islands. But the horrors and distress to people just cannot be properly felt unless you live there.

This scenario probably applies doubly, if you are an affected disabled person, like the lady in the attached article,”Torres”. Living in the part of New York where Hurricane Sandy struck, five years ago. So Torres was badly affected both mentally and physically.

Living in the district of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, she became stranded in her 8th floor apartment. Torres suffers from cerebral palsy and of course is a wheelchair user. of course, because of the loss of power she became trapped in her apartment for six days. The mobility batteries in her wheelchair had gone flat and she was unable to charge then up.

Hurricane Sandy Disabled Victims-trapped in bed for six days

She spent most of her time wrapped up in bed, without heating or running water. It had become a disaster for her. Consequently, this scenario must have been repeated hundreds of times. Because, there were many more disabled people in the same position. Indeed the attached image shows a valuable wheelchair abandoned after the flood water had receded. the electrics and batteries would have been made useless by the water.

it was bad enough for able bodied people to respond to such a disaster. So disabled peoples lives must have been totally distraught.

 

Okay, your power is back on, you pumped out the basement, your kids may even be back in school. Or at the very least – back to normal, instead of cranky, exhausted, sad, numb or anxious?

Even if you lost next to nothing and aren’t worried about money – you may be feeling a post-Sandy slump. This lady was feeling it five years on from the devastating storm.

No wonder Torres is still feeling out of sorts – we are covering up an underlay of pure terror. I just cannot imagine been trapped in my room for six days in the cold with no heating.  Our bodies feel threatened by the chill and the sudden loss of light. This in turn, makes us feel jittery, tired and anxious all at the same time. A true horror story which I personally find hard to digest.

 Eric Roberts

A court ruling after Hurricane Sandy forced New York City to develop a more inclusive emergency plan. Advocates say it hasn’t happened.

Source: 5 years after Sandy, this woman still worries about being left behind because of her disability | Grist

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