Hurricane Sandy has ripped apart entire communities and families. But amid the heartbreaking stories of loss, we’ve also heard powerful stories of survival. From families reliving the nightmare storm, to acts of courage and kindness that are helping us heal, today’s show was about inspiration and giving. Alongside rocker Jon Bon Jovi and actor Steve Buscemi, we are banding together to help victims pick up the pieces and rebuild. Click to find out how you can help.
One week ago today, Hurricane Sandy crashed onto the East coast, leveling entire communities and leaving millions of victims in its wake. From the Rockaways, to the Jersey Shore to Staten Island, once busy neighborhood streets are now lined by shells of homes that have been gutted by floods or fire. There are a lot of people who have to start over, but even the ones who lost so much know they’re lucky to be alive. The Dresch family knows that feeling all too well.
“One day at a time. That’s how we’re dealing.” -Jo Ann Moyer
@katieshow Thanks for covering SI. I was born there. Breaks my heart to see such devas. Those suffering are in my prayers.
— Lorrie_Huh (@Lorrie_Huh) November 5, 2012
As Hurricane Sandy began to hammer down on Staten Island, Betsy Harasym and her 21-year-old son, Greg, went to move the family cars to higher ground. They had to drive just two blocks away to do that, but as they did, the flood water rose so quickly they couldn’t get back to their house where Betsy’s 17-year-old son, Joe, was stranded alone.
“Words can’t describe what I felt.” -Betsy Harasym
Jon Bon Jovi cut his European tour short when he heard the news about Hurricane Sandy’s devastating impact. The New Jersey native rushed back to his home state and rolled up his sleeves to help those who needed it most.
“Like many other people I didn’t listen to the warnings.” -Jon Bon Jovi
— Jamie Janson (@SoFloHomeDesign) November 5, 2012
A Jersey boy at heart, Jon Bon Jovi spent his summers on the beaches of the Jersey Shore, an area hit hard by Sandy. The rocker talks to Katie about the destruction there and what it will take to rebuild.
“We’re a real tough bunch. We will rebuild it.”-Jon Bon Jovi
— Michelle Ray Viscal (@ChelleLeaRay) November 5, 2012
You may know Steve Buscemi from his roles in Fargo, The Big Lebowski and Boardwalk Empire, but before he was an award-winning actor, he was a New York City firefighter. After 9/11, he volunteered with his old unit. This past weekend, he headed out to the Rockaways and the hardest hit area, Breezy Point, where so many of his FDNY brothers and sisters live, and had once again lost so much.
“I’ve never seen devastation like this.” -Steve Buscemi
Belle Harbor, another community on the Rockaway peninsula, has also endured more than its share of heartache through the years. The community lost dozens of first responders on 9/11, and just weeks later when an American Airlines plane crashed there killing 265 people. Now, the neighborhood has been hit once again, this time by Sandy. Katie walked around the community with retired firefighter Keith Green, meeting a lot of everyday people who have become heroes.