The death toll in New York City from Hurricane Sandy has reached 40 people, half of those in Staten Island, which was overrun by a wall of water on Monday. In fact, Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office, says that three days after the storm they are learning that most victims drowned. The total number of victims in the United States has reached 98 people.
Among the dead in Staten Island were two young brothers aged 2 and 4, who were swept from their mother's arms after their car stalled in rising waters. Their bodies were subsequently found near each other not far away.
Angry Storm Victims
Storm victims in Staten Island are angry at the lack of response from authorities. According to chicagotribune.com, Theresa Connor, 42, claimed that "they have forgotten us" (referring to authorities) and that her Staten Island neighborhood had been "annihilated".
New York Marathon
Another thing that has angered new yorkers is the Mayor's decision not to cancel the city's annual marathon scheduled for November 4, 2012. Regarding the Mayor's decision, New York City Councilman James Oddo has said that "if they take one first responder from Staten Island to cover this marathon, I will scream." "We have people with no homes and no hope right now."
Kris LoPresto, a native Staten Island marathoner who has been training for the event since June 16, 2012 and run four hundred and one miles since, has decided not to run in solidarity with his fellow residents, writing about his decision in a very emotional statement published in huffintonpost.com.
Devastation in New Jersey
The death toll in New Jersey stands at 13 victims. Entire neighborhoods in towns by the ocean were flooded by seawater and the world famous Atlantic City boardwalk was destroyed.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said yesterday that "there's nothing more precious to people than their homes. Those are where their families are, their memories and possessions of their lives, and there's also a sense of safety to home. The Governor continued 'that sense of safety was violated with water rushing into people's homes at an enormous rate of speed and people having to literally swim, climb, jump for their lives."
The Republican Governor, well known for his forcefulness, has announced a series of orders and plans intended to speed up New Jersey's recovery. Although some of the decisions may find opposition, like the one ordering teacher to work of days they were supposed to have off, he has been mostly praised by both political friends and foes. With President Obama complimenting him, Democratic New Jersey politicians appearing by his side, constituents hugging him and victims giving credit to his efforts, Governor Christie is generally seen as doing the job he was elected for very well.
Tips For Homeowners With Damages From the Storm
Although Hurricane Sandy did not cause appreciable damage in South Florida, we would like to offer to our readers the following tips on the steps they should follow should their homes or other property suffer damage in any storm:
- Take pictures of the damaged property before you make repairs.
- Begin to make temporary repairs to prevent further damage to your home or property. Keep a record of time spent and all receipts for work done on your property. You have a duty to mitigate damages under the terms of your insurance policy.
- Take pictures of any mitigation steps you have taken such as placing tarps on your roofs or covering broken windows or doors.
- Remove tree debris from the structure and place it on the ground.
- If your power is out, unplug any small electrical items and electronics to prevent electrical spike damage.
- Secure replacement costs/estimates from local retailers of like kind, quality and features. Obtain statements from vendors on items that cannot be repaired.
- Do not dispose of any damaged contents until authorized by your agent or claim representative.
- Contact only reputable, licensed vendors for repair estimates. Have estimates signed by the vendor and approved by your adjuster or agent before having major damage repaired.
- Inventory your damaged personal possessions such as furniture, clothing, art, collectables, etc. If a damaged item is a collectable or artwork, try to establish its current value.
- Contact the Law Offices of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. immediately after the storm so that we can send our loss consultant to inspect your property and help you prepare the documents in support of your claim.
Our Firm's Condolences and Prayers
As a New York native, words fail to express the sadness that the loss experienced by my beloved new yorkers, my neighbors in New Jersey and those in the northeastern states brings to my heart. The collective prayers and thoughts of the attorneys and staff of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. go out to the victims of this disaster and their families. The world is a lesser place without them and while their loss is irreplaceable, we hope that a speedy recovery brings a measure of comfort to the hearts of those now suffering.
The Lawyers of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. Can Help
You should always have an attorney help you review your policy and advise you on what coverage you should have and for how much. If you are about to renew your policy (with the same insurer or a new one), we can help you review it and make sure you are adequately covered and in a position to avoid costly expenses should disaster strike.
Additionally, please note that if your home has already sustained damages, our team of loss consultants, paralegals, and attorneys will assist you in every aspect of your claim. Our loss consultant will even go to your home to evaluate the damage you sustained at no cost or obligation to you.
With more than 70 years of combined experience, the Miami Dade County Homeowners Insurance Claims Law Offices of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. have helped thousands of Homeowners all over Florida review their policies, present their claims and get the compensation owed them by their insurance carrier. Visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today for a free consultation or to schedule a free inspection by our loss consultant.