Agree. Seeing a disaster such as this occur in a large urban setting such as New York and New Jersey demonstrates the reality what other countries live with regularily. Indonesia has suffered earthquakes, Sunamis, mud slide, and flooding for many years now. Repeatedly wiping out poor ppls' lively hoods. Haiti is another country is which hurricaines has devastated then Cholera etc makes its presence known, killing off thousands more. What about the Sudan?? No need to say more. New Orleons is still fresh in my mind. Some are still suffering years later from that storm/flooding.
What Sandy has shown is how quickly a large urban area can be seriously impacted. No fresh water, loss of heat, shortage of gasoiline and now food in some places, difficulty in travelling from one place to the other, and so on and so on. How many of us wld have thought such a storm cld take down New York and lay flat New Jersey? The subsequent financial fallout will continue to impact these cities for years to come.
My deepest sympathies for all concerned.