Monday, November 4, 2013

Shock Troops of Disaster

While I finish the last piece in the Sandy Anniversary Trilogy, I thought I would share a 10 minute video on the impacts of the Long Island Express Hurricane of 1938. There's lots of great footage of the storm's impacts and how a region recovered before there was National VOAD, FEMA, or NOAA. While essentially a WPA promotional video, it does a great job of capturing some of the tremendous impacts the hurricane had on communities across Long Island and New England.


  1. I love disaster history. It was a little comical how they said women clung pathetically to their household belongings while men did the heavier work. Ha! Interesting how most of the recovery workers filmed had NO safety gear - not even gloves. Different times.