THURSDAY, Nov. 1 (HealthDay News) -- New York City and other
centers hit by "superstorm" Sandy began to restore power and
transportation Wednesday and early Thursday, even as the recovery
of more bodies pushed the death toll from the storm higher.
More than 75 people are known to have died as the storm barreled
its way across the Northeast United States, but officials say that
number is likely to rise as more bodies are pulled from the
Associated Pressreported. Millions are still without
Still, signs that life will return to normal are appearing. In
New York City, officials reopened the Stock Exchange after a
two-day shutdown, airports began to resume service and theater
lights went on once more. Partial service has been restored to New
York City's subway service, but
APreports that traffic in the nation's biggest city remains
Across the river in New Jersey, the state most agree was hit
hardest by the storm, Gov. Chris Christie and President Barack
Obama toured the ravaged Jersey shore, promising speedy help for
recovery. "We are here for you," Obama said in Brigantine, N.J. "We
are not going to tolerate red tape. We are not going to tolerate
Sandy -- which started as a hurricane until being dubbed a
post-tropical cyclone Tuesday -- made landfall near Atlantic City,
N.J., Monday evening.
Millions have seen power restored to their homes. Overall, an
estimated 4.6 million people across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic
region were still without power Thursday morning, down from a peak
of 8.5 million, the
APreported Wednesday that 1.6 million people across New York
state were without power. In New Jersey, more than 1.76 million
people are without electricity, as are 525,000 in Pennsylvania,
378,000 in Connecticut, more than 47,000 in Maryland and just under
20,000 in Massachusetts.
Eqecat, a company that predicts the costs of catastrophes for
insurance companies, said Sandy's economic damage could total $10
billion to $20 billion, the
For the millions still without power, preparation will have been
key, said one expert.
Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency medicine physician at Lenox
Hill Hospital in New York City, said it's important to have
stockpiles of prescription medicines, special medical supplies,
nonperishable foods -- baby formula and pet foods, too -- as well
as emergency essentials.
"Be prepared to be self-sufficient for one to five days without access to grocery stores," Glatter said.
Experts also advised that local authorities must be told about
any elderly, disabled or bedridden people who might need emergency
assistance. Find out where your community's emergency shelters
If you evacuate, Glatter said it's important to have a
ready-made kit or "go bag," including extra eyeglasses, sanitized
baby bottles and diapers. People with diabetes should keep extra
insulin on hand and a ready supply of snacks in case their sugar
levels drop, he said. Store insulin or any liquid antibiotics on
ice or cold packs during power failures, he suggested.
Patients who use a CPAP machine for sleep apnea or chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may need an alternative power
source during the storm. This includes a CPAP battery pack, he
To be on the safe side, assemble a one- to two-week supply of
prescription medications, Glatter said. And "stay connected -- have
a list of your doctors with their contact information."
Keep emergency phone numbers near every phone and in your
cellphone "contacts" list.
"Have coins and cash available, too," Glatter said.
In terms of hurricane supplies, the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention suggested the following:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more
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