Surviving Hurricane Sandy(飓风桑迪)
Natalie Doan, 14, has always felt lucky to live in Rockaway, New York. Living just a few blocks from the beach, Natalie can see the ocean and hear the waves from her house. “It's the ocean that makes Rockaway so special, ” she says.
On October 29, 2012, that ocean turned fierce. That night, Hurricane Sandy attacked the East Coast, and Rockaway was hit especially hard. Fortunately, Natalie's family escaped to Brooklyn shortly before the city's bridges closed.
When they returned to Rockaway the next day, they found their neighbourhood in ruins. Many of Natalie's friends had lost their homes and were living far away. All around her, people were suffering, especially the elderly. Natalie's school was so damaged that she had to temporarily attend a school in Brooklyn.
In the following few days, the men and women helping Rockaway recover inspired Natalie. Volunteers came with carloads of donated clothing and toys. Neighbours devoted their spare time to helping others rebuild. Teenagers climbed dozens of flights of stairs to deliver water and food to elderly people trapped in powerless high-rise buildings.
“My mum tells me that I can't control what happens to me, ” Natalie says, “but I can always choose how I deal with it.”
Natalie's choice was to help.
She created a website page, matching survivors in need with donors who wanted to help. Natalie posted information about a boy named Patrick, who lost his baseball card collection when his house burned down. Within days, Patrick's collection was replaced.
In the coming months, her website page helped lots of kids: Christopher, who received a new basketball; Charlie, who got a new keyboard. Natalie also worked with other organizations to bring much-needed supplies to Rockaway. Her efforts made her a famous person. Last April, she was invited to the White House and honored as a Hurricane Sandy Champion of Change.
Today, the scars(创痕)of destruction are still seen in Rockaway, but hope is in the air. The streets are clear, and many homes have been rebuilt. “I can't imagine living anywhere but Rockaway,” Natalie declares. “My neighbourhood will be back, even stronger than before.”
1.When Natalie returned to Rockaway after the hurricane, she found ______.
A.some friends had lost their lives
B.her neighbourhood was destroyed
C.her school had moved to Brooklyn
D.the elderly were free from suffering
2.According to Paragraph 4, who inspired Natalie most?
A.The people trapped in highrise buildings.
B.The people helping Rockaway rebuild.
C.The volunteers donating money to survivors.
D.Local teenagers bringing clothing to elderly people.
3.How did Natalie help the survivors?
A.She gave her toys to other kids.
B.She took care of younger children.
C.She called on the White House to help.
D.She built an information sharing platform.
4.What does the story intend to tell us?
A.Little people can make a big difference.
B.A friend in need is a friend indeed.
C.East or West, home is best.
D.Technology is power.