ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - The pictures, video, sound; everything we're seeing and hearing from the East Coast today makes us glad we're not there and feel sorrow for those affected.
"Unthinkable devastation" is how New Jersey Governor Chris Christie describes the situation in his state.
The New Jersey coast took a direct hit from Superstorm Sandy as it made landfall yesterday.
"We know there are many people who own homes who we've evacuated who are going to want to get back on to the island to access the damage to their homes," Gov. Christie said. "We are nowhere near being able to let you back on to the island."
President Obama issued a federal emergency decree after declaring a major disaster. He will tour the state tomorrow.
In New York City, things weren't much better in Manhattan at the New York Stock Exchange. It was closed for the second straight day. That's the first time since 1888.
In the rust-belt, it was snow wreaking havoc. Snow in Elkins, West Virginia is being measured in feet, not inches. The entire city lost power, crews might not have it back on for several days.
The Vice President weighed in on state's responses.
"We had a conference call with the governors of all the affected states," Vice President Biden said. "And the thing that impressed me most about that is that governors who were affected some effected some, like the governor of NC Maryland, Connecticut were offering... and Vermont... were offering New York and New Jersey and Pennsylvania any assistance that they could get to divert resources to them. So, all the focus now is about getting power restored as quickly as possible."
The Vice President thanked the federal disaster relief body FEMA for its work so far.
VILAS COUNTY - More people today use maps on their phones when traveling, but some people still like those paper maps.
The Vilas County GIS just made 15 maps of the area. They give people the option to download and print them at home. A map of Boulder Junction even won an award at the 27th annual Wisconsin land Information Association conference in Middleton.
“There was a lot of interest in creating a portable, easy to use map atlas that responders, town crew, delivery entities, could take out in the field with them and find any address point any road name any water body,” says Rebecca Nordine, Vilas County GIS Specialist. “Something that they could bring out along out in the field with them.”
The atlases will give people an easier way of looking up addresses across Vilas County.
“We do offer up online mapping and that's great but if you get into an area where there's no cell phone or no internet service you'll need something a map or paper map to fall back on,” says Nordine.
Each atlas will be updated at the beginning of the year.
To download a copy of the atlases for FREE you can visit: http://vcgis.co.vilas.wi.us/vcom/.
Students celebrate International Day in the Northwoods
WOODRUFF - The Olympics might be over, but the Paralympics are underway in Sochi. Teachers at one local school are using the Olympic spirit to teach students about other countries.
Students at North Country Montessori celebrated International Day Friday morning. The students learn about different countries throughout the school year.
"The children at Montessori do a huge unit on geography and world culture, and we used today as a way to express the information that we found and things that we've learned," says North Country Montessori director Candice Henderson.
This year's theme was the Sochi Olympics.
Each student dressed up as a different country and sang songs in Russian.
This was the school's 30th annual International Day celebration. It ended with a potluck meal featuring ethnic food from different countries.
Diehard Bears fan trades in his orange and blue for green and gold
ST. GERMAIN - We all love our favorite sports teams. But what would happen if you had to dress up in your rival's gear? That's exactly what happened to Bears fan, Jerry Healy.
He's the janitor at St. Germain Elementary School. Healy challenged the students to raise over $700 for charity. If they did he'd wear the green and gold.
“Mr Healy you're unbelievable thank you for doing this,” says Jerry Healy, St. Germain Elementary School Janitor. “One kid said, "all this is disgusting Mr. Healy,” and another little kid who's a diehard Packers fan came up he came up and he's got an orange and blue pair of pants on and goes I'm a bears fan, today you're a packer fan, and that was pretty cool he's in second grade.”
As you can see the students surpassed the goal. The money went to pennies for patients. It’s an organization that supports people diagnosed with leukemia. The challenge brought the whole school together.
“Well I think they rose to the occasion they understood they're helping others in an easy but fun way. They came together as a class, as a whole school and just had a lot of fun with it,” says Jeff Waltz, a third grade teacher at St. Germain Elementary School.
This wasn't the first time Jerry got to dress up as a Packers fan. He did the same thing a few years ago when students accomplished a reading goal.
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