It was 20 years ago, but I can still hear it as if it were yesterday — the voice of a friend on the phone as we battened down the hatches for Hurricane Andrew, knowing we were leaving but overwhelmed at choosing what to take and what must stay.
“Grab whatever photos you can,” she said. “Grab the things you can’t replace.”
Here in New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy, every day brings new stories of good news and bad news from towns we love. And in yesterday’s New York Daily News came a heartening tale about reuniting storm survivors with those irreplaceable family photos.
Jeannette Van Houten set up a Facebook page to post more than 3,000 family photos that were found strewn around Union Beach, New Jersey, a small seaside town destroyed by the storm. It’s giving families — many who have lost everything — a chance to reunite with some treasured mementos.
Van Houten’s Facebook page can be found here.
Among the many, many events rescheduled or relocated due to Sandy’s trip through the Northeast is the annual meeting of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey (GSNJ). According to membership chair Joan Lowry:
Due to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and the potential for additional bad
weather this week, GSNJ has postponed the Annual Meeting that was to be
held this coming Saturday, 10 November. The meeting will be rescheduled
shortly. More information will be posted on GSNJ website and by email as
soon as it becomes available.