Hurricane Sandy, one of the largest hurricanes in decades, is slamming into the mid-Atlantic and northeast United States. Bill Hauenstein, AFL-CIO Community Services liaison for the Northeast region, provides useful links for union leaders, members and families preparing for and dealing with Sandy's impact and aftermath.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Tips: Before, During and After Hurricanes and Floods
FEMA Resources and Recovery Centers
American Red Cross Assistance
Mario Cilento, president of the New York State AFL-CIO, reminds us that when Sandy hits and when communities begin recovery and repair efforts, "union workers - public sector, private sector and building trades - will be there for us."
Supermarket and retail workers making sure that supplies are available; utility and communication workers laboring day and night to keep the lights and phones on; police officers, firefighters and EMS professionals maintaining our safety; transportation workers preserving our subway, commuter rail and bus infrastructure; state, county and municipal employees keeping the roads clear; construction workers repairing our homes, businesses and community; hospital workers providing care to our family, friends and neighbors; teachers and child care workers keeping our children safe until we can be with them; and hotel workers making sure there is a place to stay for those who cannot remain home. The list goes on and on. Working men and women make our state run, not just during emergencies but every day.
Follow updates on Hurricane Sandy on FEMA's blog.
Photo: Waves break against a bulkhead in the Brigands Bay area of Frisco, N.C., on Sunday, as the sound side flooding begins on Hatteras Island. Steve Earley/The Virginian-Pilot/AP