Amidst the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, millions of people are now facing immense challenges. Here in New York City, we are grateful that our staff is safe. Resulting in the loss of power, inability to get to work, extreme property damage, and lack of running water, natural disasters are often a test of character. Frustration or hostility may be the assumed response from those impacted, but in fact, the behavior we’ve seen this week has been just the opposite.
A recent article from TIME summarizes historical examples of people coming together in the face of crisis. From the year of the Blitz during World War II in London, to the attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York, kindness has been a common theme in the aftermath of disaster. On Tuesday, Newark, New Jersey Mayor Corey Booker reported zero incidences of looting, and rescue crews, transportation workers, and public officials have been working tirelessly to put New York City back on its feet.