Hurricane Sandy & Socioeconomic Status


Sandy made a mess, and now the cleanup's underway in many parts of the US. But there are those still stuck in shelters, waiting to see what's happened to the homes they left behind. And while natural disasters don't discriminate between class, some say, recovery efforts do.

Hurricane Sandy & Socioeconomic Status - Fairfield Reporter

We started this segment with the sound of Hurricane Sandy clawing the beach front in Fairfield, Connecticut. While New York City and Atlantic City have understandably received most of the attention, smaller cities such as Fairfield are also bruised and broken by the storm.

Yesterday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared Fairfield county, which includes the city of Fairfield, a disaster area. No one was killed or seriously injured. But this morning, the city's 60,000 residents remain under a state of emergency, with power out in most of the city.

Tim Loh has lived in Fairfield all of his life. He is a reporter for the Connecticut Post and he was in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Hurricane Sandy & Socioeconomic Status - Canadian Red Cross

Jeff Jones is a reporter who lives in Brooklyn, New York ... across the East River from Manhattan. We asked him to go out for a walk to see how his neighbours were doing.

Karen Snider is the Social Media Manager for the Canadian Red Cross. She was at the Red Cross headquarters in Washington.

Hurricane Sandy & Socioeconomic Status - Sociology of Disaster

Hurricane Sandy has claimed at least 50 lives in the U.S. and has done a lot of damage. But mercifully, it has not come close to the homicidal fury of Hurricane Katrina. Nearly two thousand people were killed when the storm roared into New Orleans in 2005.

Tim Haney lived through Katrina. After it was all done, he studied two New Orleans neighbourhoods and came to some uncomfortable conclusions about who bounces back quickly and who lags behind.

Tim Haney is now an assistant professor of Sociology at Mount Royal University in Calgary and teaches a class on the sociology of disaster. He was in Metairie, New Orleans.

This segment was produced by The Current's Pacinthe Mattar, Howard Goldenthal and Ashley Walters.

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