Hurricane Sandy

We hope that everyone who follows our blog and was impacted by Hurricane Sandy is safe and dry. We have been lucky enough at our office to have power and no damage, however we know many of our friends are not so fortunate. We are wishing every one a safe and speedy recovery after Hurricane Sandy. We wanted to pass along some information that we received that may be helpful or interesting: From National Grid:

  • If you see a downed power line or wire, always assume it is live; do not go near it and never drive over it. Call 1-800-465-1212 in New England to report downed wires and 1-800-867-5222 in Upstate New York
  • If you have natural gas service and you smell or have a gas emergency, report it immediately at these numbers:
    • Metro NY: 1-718-643-4050
    • Upstate NY: 1-800-892-2345
    • Greater Boston area: 1-800-233-5325
    • All other MA areas: 1-800-548-8000
    • Rhode Island: 1-800-640-1595
  • If you are in immediate assistance of shelter information, visit http://www.redcross.org/.

We also reccomend following FEMA and the Red Cross, for updates on the storm and also on how you can help. If you are looking to learn more about the science of Sandy, check out these links sent to us by Upwell. "One of the first mass media warnings of the potential for a mammoth storm to hit the mid-Atlantic came a week ago, before Sandy had even been named, from Eric Holthaus at the Wall Street Journal, followed by Seth Borenstein of the Associated Press. Both pieces point out the convergence of events that conspired to make Sandy so powerful. Borenstein has another piece here (with infographic) that fits all the pieces together. Douglas Main explains why Sandy is so big. Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy blog at Discover magazine underlines the Moon’s role in exacerbating the impacts."