His house was carried out to sea. It could be weeks before his business will be purring again. But he didn't drink. The group at the 12 step meeting in the dark, without heat agreed he had done the right thing: Not drink. The rest of the whatever would take care of itself.
At the end of the 1930s, also a time of crisis, a stockbroker and a medical doctor created a 12 step program for those who had become dependent on alcohol. Because they did millions of people who might have drank their way through Sandy didn't.
Instead they showed up in parish halls, church basements, and nursery schools to join in the solidarity of those who decided, for that day, not to drink alcohol.