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As millions of people in the Northeast continue to recover from Superstorm Sandy, here comes another Nor'Easter.
This latest storm has many, including solution providers, worried that the rain, wind and possible snow could hinder the recovery progress for many families and businesses, concerned that a fragile power system that was only recently regained could go out again.
"Hopefully it's not that bad, but it could be damaging winds again. It's possible," said Daniel Haurey, president of Exigent Technologies, a Mount Arlington, N.J.-based VAR, from a hotel room in Pennsylvania Tuesday.
Haurey and his family moved to the hotel, about 30 miles from his house, last week after high winds from Sandy damaged his roof and led to leaking. "This was the closest hotel available," Haurey said. He had contracted a roofer to work on the house Tuesday, but even if that gets fixed, he still had no power to go home to.
Haurey is one of hundreds and perhaps thousands of solution providers still struggling after the brunt of Sandy bore down on the Northeast last week.
Dan Schwab, co-president of D&H Distributing, a Harrisburg, Pa.-based distributor with a big customer base in the Northeast, said Superstorm Sandy severely impacted hundreds of its solution providers.
As a gesture of support, D&H plans to donate 1 percent of orders from its annual Fall Technology Show Wednesday to The American Red Cross for storm relief. In addition, D&H will give 1 percent of sales through its website and mobile app on Friday, Nov. 9, to the Red Cross too, Schwab said.
"It does hit home. I know a lot of my friends lost their homes," Schwab said.
John Zammett, president of HorizonTek, a Huntington, N.Y.-based solution provider, also still had no heat or power as of Tuesday. For the first several days of the storm, he was living at home with a battery attached to a heated recliner he uses to help recover from a recent surgery. Finally, he gave that up late Sunday night and moved in with one of his daughters, who had heat.
"It was so cold," he said. "So now I'm showering at one daughter's house, sleeping at another and eating at all three daughters' houses. I'm glad I had daughters. Sons grow up and move far away."