Source
Scholastic Kids Press Corps
The Scholastic Kids Press Corps is a team of about 50 Kid Reporters around the nation.  The interactive site brings daily news to life with reporting for kids, by kids.
tampa power truck covered in snow A Tampa Electric truck is covered in snow while helping restore power in Sandy-affected areas of New Jersey. (Photo courtesy Tampa Electric)

Florida Helps Pick Up the Pieces After Sandy

Tampa Electric, Floridians send assistance to the recovery effort

By Topanga Sena | null null , null

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, relief for victims is coming from an unexpected source: the state of Florida.

Millions of people lost power along the east coast after Sandy made landfall. States like New York and New Jersey needed all the help they could get to restore power to those who lost it. And Tampa Electric in Tampa, Florida, stepped up.

From October 26 to November 15, more than 100 Tampa Electric employees ranging from linemen to support personnel were sent to Jackson, New Jersey, to assess and assist with storm restoration.

Tampa Electric is a member of the Southeastern Electric Exchange, or SEE, which is a non-profit power company that pledges assistance to those affected by natural disasters or other emergencies. Tampa Electric's main priority during the recovery period is to help affected utility companies in their efforts to rebuild.

Because the electrical damage was so great, Tampa Electric customer service professionals had to assist certain companies with making customer calls after the storm. The company used the Mutual Assistance Routing System, or MARS, to help other utility companies such as NSTAR, Pepco, Atlantic City Electric, and Delmarva communicate with customers. Through web-based software, Tampa Electric was able to access basic customer information to submit repair requests electronically.

But help is coming from other parts of Florida, too.

Lisa Cohen is the co-chair of Sunrise Park Elementary Samaritans in Boca Raton, Florida. She understands first-hand the urgency of getting the power back on. Cohen currently has family living in the northeast without power.

To help with the Sandy recovery, Cohen has coordinated "Operation Dig Deep." The program encourages people to dig deep emotionally and financially to help rebuild a severely ravaged portion of the country. Her project began with local companies offering her free shipping to Sandy victims and has grown largely due to the power of social media.

Companies and individuals alike have vowed to continue their efforts until the effects of Sandy have been cleaned up and cleared out.

You can find share your Hurricane Sandy experiences and find more coverage of the storm and its aftermath on the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps Blog.

HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY SPECIAL REPORT
 
Find out how kids across the country are helping the Hurricane Sandy relief effort — and catch up with the Kid Reporters' on-the-ground reporting during the storm — in the Hurricane Sandy Recovery Special Report.

NEWS FOR KIDS, BY KIDS

Get the latest on national and international events, movies, television, music, sports, and more from the Scholastic Kids Press Corps.

  • Teacher Store
  • The Teacher Store  
    If You Were a Kid During the Civil War

    If You Were a Kid During the Civil War

    by Wil Mara

    With their families caught on opposite sides of the Civil War, friends Sarah Pierce and James Hood are afraid that everything they know is about to change. When the two friends encounter a wounded Union soldier after a violent battle sweeps through their rural Virginia home, they are faced with a difficult decision. Find out how the war threatened to tear the United States apart forever by following along with this gripping tale.

    $19.50 You save: 25%
    Library Binding | Grades 2-4
    Add To Cart
    Educators Only
    If You Were a Kid During the Civil War
    Grades 2-4 $19.50
    Add To Cart
  • Teacher Store
  • The Teacher Store  
    If You Were a Kid in the Thirteen Colonies

    If You Were a Kid in the Thirteen Colonies

    by Wil Mara

    It is winter of 1724 in the North American colonies. With her mother sick in bed and her father away on business, Charlotte Sheppard is left to watch over her younger siblings and the family farm as a dangerous storm blows in overnight. Meanwhile, Charlotte’s friend Elijah Coth is concerned that his immigrant family will return home to Holland after so many setbacks on their own farm. Join Charlotte and Elijah as they work together to make repairs and feed their families in the aftermath of the storm.

    $19.50 You save: 25%
    Library Binding | Grades 2-4
    Add To Cart
    Educators Only
    If You Were a Kid in the Thirteen Colonies
    Grades 2-4 $19.50
    Add To Cart
Privacy Policy
EMAIL THIS

* YOUR FIRST NAME ONLY

* FRIEND'S FIRST NAME ONLY

* FRIEND'S EMAIL ADDRESS

MESSAGE
Here's something interesting from Scholastic.com