Brett Scudder speaks for thousands of disenfranchised, displaced and dispossessed after Hurricane Sandy. He does not feel sorry for himself. Sure he's mad, but in a strange way it has strengthened his resolve.
Most of the people I spoke with in Ocean Village said they need information: a centralized location where they can learn when their power might come back, what transportation is running, how they can get food stamps, or charge their phones.
After Hurricane Sandy, Schuster Institute Senior Fellow Hella Winston headed to Far Rockaway, New York, a storm-ravaged coastal community. Given the circumstances she found there, she stayed. Here is what she wrote about what she initially saw.