What Sandy has wrought is terrible, but for destruciton of life and property, it comes no where near Katrina. Mostly because of underfunding for flood remediation at the federal level, but also underfunding evacuation shelters and other emergency programs. The people of NY/NJ will be much more likely to find interim housing or navigate the FEMA beaurocracy because they have higher levels of education than most Southerners and many, many more buildings left standing. Not to diminish Sandy's impact on the lives affected and the costs (which will be higher because of denser infrastructure, inflation, and a higher standard of living pre-storm), but really. If Americans didn't realize what Republicans have brought down upon this country following Norquist's lead from Katrina, they sure ain't gonna learn it with Sandy.