I live on Long Island and seven days after hurricane Sandy, we still don't have power. No hot water, no heat. It's estimated we will get it back on Wed 1t 11 pm. Let's hope so. It's not easy. Kids got sick with the flu becasue the nights are soooo cold. Taking showers in cold water stinks big time. And the gas shortage! I was lucky enough to get gas today, but not before I got spat on and yelled at a guy who accused me of not using blinkers when I made a left turn (the blinker was on, BTW). I was able to get to work today (first day since Oct 29). Still, very grateful to have escaped with just a minor damage to the house. People have it so much worse. Please keep us in your prayers.
Easton Pa still no power and Gov. Corbett is acting like nothing is wrong in Pa. Sending people to other states while people in his state need help. some older people in this area have died of hypothermia.
Hopefully this will allow the creation of higher building code standards for wind and surge resistance along the NE coast like they have in the south east, and for replacement of the above ground electrical wires with buried power and fiber optic for those inland who were not affected by the storm surge but for whom the category 1 winds devastated, imagine if it had been a 4 or 5 like the gulf gets all the time. Since it all has to be replaced anyway, let's hope those making the decisions decide to do it in order to avoid this from happening again. Just like we have to build everything on the west coast with the ability to sustain a 7.0 earthquake, one of the reasons housing is more expensive out here, but it is a necessity when you live where there is a risk of natural disaster. I remember the devastating Mississippi river flooding of the mid '90's when there were even a few towns which were completely relocated to avoid the risk of being decimated again. Disaster preparation is vital. As a first responder I always have my go bag ready to head out the door, and my in home supplies stocked for when I can't make it out the door. I am rather suprised that the affected states have not requested more assistance as far as medical, hopefully that means that the existing hospitals weathered the storm well. There have only been activations of s few FMS's (Federal Medical Shelters), which I am taking as a good sign, in the Katrina and then Rita aftermath we had FMS's all over Louisina, Mississippi, and Texas. I am glad I was there to help, but it was a very unsettling and emotionaly impacting time for everyone involved or affected.
We need our Army to help all the affected people and areas. Just like haiti, except here our own citizens are Freezing and Starving. Obama has to step it up a notch, but is afraid to do too much.The National Guard can't bring in C-130s full of food and tents and troops for assistance. Martial Law may be necessary.
There is a big misconception by the public that the Federal government can step step in and take over. We can't until the State requests it officially. The Guard works under the direct authority of the Governor so can be immediately brought it. That is why there has been a bit of consternation over the Federalising of Guard troops to sen to Iraq and Afghanistan. Certain Federal agencies do have authority within their existing missions to step in, i.e. the CDC has authrity to determine epidemiology and origin and contain infectious disease outbreaks and Homeland Security can send the Coast Guard for at sea search and rescues and things of that nature. But for most other duties, it would be illegal under current law for the President to just send in Federal assets from DOD, DHHS, DHS, etc. and take over from the state itself. At least after Katrina they did put in legislation to permit the leaning forward of assets prior to a State formally requesting specific assistance from the Feds. That was what was so stressful about being a Federal first responder for Katrina, I had been ready to go as soon as NOAA predicted the severity of the storm should it make landfall, but it took a week after that occured before the worst affected state finally submitted the formal request for assistance, and by that point it was nearly impossible to safely get the assets to where they were needed, not to mention that post 9/11 all of the NDMS stockpiles were inventoried mostly for bio-terrorist attacks so we had palates full of injecteable antibiotics and nerve agent rescue supplies, but very little for the chronic disease management that was needed for those showing up at the FMS's, nothing to treat psych. illnesses, very little for diabetes, respiratory, or cardiac disease. After that they moved NDMS(including DMAT's, FMS's, the Medical Reserve Corps, etc.) back to DHHS and away from DHS. The Red Cross is still one of the best assets as they are independent and can mobilize to help whether they have any official government orders or not.
Thanks for giving us an update on what is going on in the northeast. Your frustration at having no power is understandable. A crew made up of people from Virginia and Ohio restored my power after Hurricane Ike. I'm sure all that is humanly possible is being done to restore your power. Some people had to wait two weeks after Ike to get their power restored, and Ike left an order of magnitude smaller number of people without power.
All the Governor has to do is ask now the Red Tape has been cut. Our Military (Navy) is all ready involved. Thanks for your Help and all You do Bona. There are reports of looting and infighting.Desperate people need Help our Army needs to Secure, Protect and Defend our Citizens from the incoming Storm and Themselves.
Goddess...I hope that you get your power back soon. I am in central nj, about a 15 minute drive from the coast. We had no power for 6 days. The bayside part of my town still has no power and a 6pm to 6 am curfew. I sympathize with your gas line stories. I waited 1 1/2 hours on a gas line and i was one of the lucky ones. Sorry to hear that your family got sick. (yes, the cold contributes to the chance of coming down with the flu because your body is working so hard to keep warm, it may not be able to fight off the virus). It was 55 degrees in my house. The devastation of the shore communities is almost unbelievable. A small coastal town that is about 20 minutes from me is gone. It is just so, so sad. Stay. Safe
I live in NW NJ and we were told we may have power by Thanksgiving. However I am lucky that there was no damage to my house. My inlaws unfortunately, who also live in NW NJ, were not so lucky. they have a tree on their house which cause damage to over 1/2 of their house. Stay safe and warm to everyone who has been impacted by Sandy.
Thank you so much for your kind words. We finally got power back last night after seven days. Just in time as last night temperatures here dropped to 27F. Some people are still waiting. With another storm coming tomorrow (Nor'easter) that is just plain scary. Please be safe as well. :)