Subways flooded, Stock Exchange closed, millions without power

Water races where the tap of shoes is wont to bear, on subway steps and massive transit stairs.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that President Barack Obama on Tuesday morning signed major-disaster
declarations for New Jersey and New York, two states that have faced
severe flooding (with reports from other news sources saying that the subways are also flooded) and wind damage from Hurricane Sandy.

The Wall Street Journal reports: “Mr. Obama signed the declarations early
Tuesday as residents of the states awoke in many places to several feet
of water and no electricity. The declarations free up federal resources
to help the affected areas.

“The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of
New Jersey and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local
recovery efforts due to Hurricane Sandy beginning on October 26, 2012,
and continuing,” the White House said in a statement. A similar
statement was released for New York.

A White House official said Mr. Obama was updated on Sandy overnight
and will receive another briefing Tuesday. Mr. Obama spoke overnight
with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey.
He also spoke with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the mayors
of Newark and Jersey City.

The president earlier in the week signed disaster declarations for a
number of states along the East Coast, including Delaware, Connecticut,
New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

These declarations were different and didn’t describe the states as
facing a “major disaster,” a label that helps free up more federal
resources.” Read the entire article here

How to help after the superestorm

CNN has an article with links on how to help after the superstorm. Here is an excerpt::

“Relief groups are already working to make sure everyone affected by the storm is cared for, and you can help.

Give food and shelter — The Red Cross and the Salvation Army are providing emergency shelter and meals for evacuees.

Help children in need Save the Children and World Vision are paying special attention to the needs of children affected by the storm.

Care for animals — The Humane Society of the United States and the American Humane Association have teams working to save the lives of animals caught in the storm.

Provide emergency supplies AmeriCares, Direct Relief International and Feeding America are providing food, medical supplies and emergency kits for people in need.

Join in the cleanup Team Rubicon has dispatched veteran field teams to start working right away, and Samaritan’s Purse is looking for volunteers to help rebuild after the storm passes.

Help outside the U.S. — Hurricane Sandy took a deadly toll on the Caribbean before it hit the United States. Operation USA and the International Medical Corps are helping people affected by Sandy in Haiti and Cuba.”  Read the entire article here.

More coverage:

CBS News reports, Super Storm Sandy: More than 7 million without power
Forbes reports: Wall Street Stays Dark In Sandy’s Wake, Exchanges Work to Restart Trading

NBC New York reports: Water Floods Subways, Service Likely ti Be Out for Days