#Sandy on Twitter has been aflame with live updates from citizens reporting from countless locations.
Manhattan skyline in complete darkness. It’sa bit unsettling to see. twitter.com/amelscript/sta…
— Amel A. (@amelscript) October 30, 2012
Major portions of the online communications infrastructure and social media channels of Occupy, Anonymous and other activism movements globally, have been consumed by spreading disaster preparedness and safety information to the unwitting who may be unaware of the extent of the dangers that face them.
Wikileaks supporters got on board, with @Wikileaks_forum posting transit/infrastructure notice and updates.
Some Occupy volunteers set up this amazing tool for other volunteers to register services or request help, and supply a variety of ways for virtually anyone to get involved in any capacity.
In the meantime, “Hurricane Hackers” have developed a variety of web tools to help map the storm and its effects.
New initiatives are spawning by the minute. It is highly ironic in these times of “Enemy of the State” and “Domestic Terrorism” accusations against activists that when the proverbial shit hits the fan, we step forward, unpaid, to perform civic duties in true demonstrations of patriotism and humanitarianism.
Indeed, these tweets beautifully sum it up.
— Kelly Hallissey (@Bitchiest) October 30, 2012
The below is a collection of media accumulated so far today, though the story is by no means complete as the situation continues to deteriorate, in many areas across the North Eastern Seaboard.
Con Ed Power Plant Explosion: video of massive explosion.
The FDR in Manhattan underwater.
Ground Zero: A Waterfall
Several reports of explosions in various locations, likely due to live wires down.
Haiti devastated by Sandy
Known incidents of injury/death:
41 dead in NYC, crime down 31% according to Gothamist
43 dead according to Rappler (U.S.A.) (dated)
Wall Street Journal reporting 43 dead, 80 homes burned out, 8 million without power. (dated)
Yahoo say 40 dead (U.S.A.) (dated)
Times of India also say 40 (U.S.A.) (dated)
HMS Bounty crew member dead, captain missing
What can only be described as apocalyptic photos in the Daily Mail
Shocking aerial shot of roads & homes underwater.
Apartment buildings in some NYC boroughs partially submerged
Parts of Breezy Point, New York, reduced to rubble
Dire situation for homeless, left to fend for themselves
People standing outside a closed Starbucks in NYC, for the Wifi access
Downed trees causing traffic chaos.
NYTimes aftermath graphics + pics.
Other media resources:
Updates on the status of Nuclear Power Plants in affected areas
This amazing “Wind Map” is a Must-See
Coastal communities hit hard.
History of U.S. Weather-related fatalities 1940-2011
Warnings about global warming associations
The Daily News tracks Sandy (includes tons of government info links)
Sandy coverage from The Weather Channel
TechPresident on Occupy, 350.org & the aftermath
Theorizing the potential to postpone Presidential election
The Guardian live updates
RT live updates
Washington Post photo gallery
Gawker.com & Rawstory.com appear to be down, probably due to reports we heard earlier about major ISP outages as a result of the flooding. Gawker now running a back-up site but live site still down “thanks to Sandy“.
The Daily News tweeted this pic of their newsroom blacked out by widespread power outages.
“Sorting The Real Sandy Photos From The Fakes”
Relevant hashtags in use:
#Sandy #SandyAid (for those needing help) #SandyVolunteer (for those able to volunteer) #Frankenstorm #OWS
Other calls to action/relief projects:
Red Cross recruiting volunteers
The wonderful @nubspeace caught an insane surfer in this video
This post will be further added to as we can. Solidarity to all involved.
OCCUPY NEW ZEALAND MEDIA TEAM