The northeast U.S. coast was hit hard by the remnants of Hurricane Sandy earlier this week. Dubbed “Superstorm Sandy” by meteorologists, the storm has devastated parts of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and adjoining states.
Several large scrapbook industry companies are based in the affected area.
Craft & Hobby Association (Elmwood Park, NJ): According to their Facebook page, their offices are closed through today (11/2). Their staff also does not have access to email according to their website. For updates, check their Facebook page.
Due to the widespread power outages from the storm, CHA is extending the deadline to register for the workshop lottery for CHA Winter 2013 through 5pm ET Thursday, November 8th. Conference Program Registration for CHA Winter 2013 has also been delayed and will now open at 11am ET on Tuesday, November 13th.
EK Success (Clifton, NJ): As of yesterday, EK Success was open and operating, with the assistance of the children of their employees! They reported on their Facebook account that they were hosting their employees’ children, who were out of school due to the storm, so their parents could continue working. Check out their Facebook page for a photo of their impromptu kid’s crafts party!
Ranger (Tinton Falls, NJ): Tim Holtz reported on his blog on Wednesday (10/31) that the power was back on at Ranger on Wednesday (10/31), and some employees had returned to work. Ranger’s blog that same day said everyone was safe as far as the company knew, but were dealing with the after effects of the storm.
Of course, the area is also home to many small retailers as well. Some of them reported in on Scrapbook Update’s Facebook page:
- “Rock Paper Scissors in Montclair, NJ is open!! No credit card system as of today [11/1] still, but hopefully the Internet and phone will be working soon!” — Aubrey Cece
- “Hey there! Papercraft Clubhouse in Westbrook, CT is back open for business.” — Tracie Larson
- “We were very lucky in MD. We were south just far enough. Lots of rain but not much flooding. Business as usual at Photo Scraps in Eldersburg, MD.” — Tracy Beck
Hurricane Sandy has seriously impacted the country’s blood supply as the Red Cross has been forced to cancel blood drives in 14 states due to the disaster, and these cancellations are likely to continue for some time. The shortage of platelets is especially critical as these blood products have a shelf life of only 5 days. Please make an appointment today to donate blood or platelets to maintain the nation’s blood supply. You could save a life!