Hurricane Sandy was the largest Atlantic hurricane and caused huge amounts of damage to New York City and state, New Jersey and the Caribbean islands. Damages caused by Hurricane Sandy are believed to run as high as $68 billion with over 200 deaths caused in 8 countries. Hurricane Sandy disrupted travel, electricity, the government and the economy throughout the eastern coast of the United States. Hurricane Sandy was considered a superstorm, due to the fact that it was actually a hurricane that merged with a frontal system. This merging allowed Sandy to cause damage further into the mainland of the United States and northern areas. In part due to the response to Katrina, there was a much more organized response to Sandy even before its landfall. New York City announced the closing of the Stock Exchange, public transportation, schools and other public areas well before the storm hit. National Guard was deployed to states all along the coast to aid with evacuation and giving food and shelter to displaced or trapped victims. The New York City Marathon, scheduled for November 4th, was canceled.
The Caribbean islands, including Jamaica and Cuba, were also affected by Hurricane Sandy. Over 50,000 people were evacuated from Cuba and 11 people from the island country were killed. Hurricane Sandy first hit the United States on August 29, when it went ashore in New Jersey, just north of Atlantic City. The storm surged in New York City, causing severe damage to power supplies and transportation. Damage caused to buildings and structures in the city and the suburbs surrounding is still being fixed. Long Island and Atlantic City were heavily affected by the storm, leaving many people in sticky situations. Those who rent rather than own their homes were especially impacted, as they could not access affordable and safe housing after the storm. As of January 2013, there were also still areas that had not gotten electricity back after the storm, despite multiple months of waiting. There was looting throughout the city and suburbs as well.
Over 100,000 homes on Long Island were severely damaged by the storm. Nearly as many were damaged by the storm within New York City boundaries. Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, praised the efforts of President Obama during Hurricane Sandy. Despite better preparation for this storm, many are still struggling with the damages caused by Hurricane Sandy. Receiving proper insurance claims has been difficult, especially in the light of FEMA’s fraud towards homeowners and their insurance claims. FEMA has distributed a high amount of insurance claims, but is accused of withholding billions of dollars that could be used to help individuals move past the destruction of Hurricane Sandy.