Hurricane Sandy: Katrina on the Hudson?

posted at 5:11 pm on November 13, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

Glenn Reynolds notices similarities, in USA Today:

One parallel: A late evacuation order. Even before the storm struck, weatherblogger Brendan Loy — famous for calling for early evacuation of New Orleans before Katrina struck — criticizing Mayor Bloomberg for not ordering early or extensive enough evacuations in New York, and for making the “ignorant” statement that Sandy wouldn’t be as bad as a hurricane…

After Sandy struck, some areas did worse than others, and FEMA — as with Katrina — got bad press. Manhattan was hit hard, but the outer boroughs suffered more. Staten Island residents say they were forgotten by relief efforts and one press report called the island “a giant mud puddle of dead dreams.” Adding insult to injury, when another nor’easter approached the area FEMA closed its Staten Island office “due to weather.” Time called it “the island that New York City forgot.” Rudy Giuliani called FEMA’s performance “as bad as Katrina.”

But there is one difference:

So: late warnings, confused and inadequate responses, FEMA foul-ups and suffering refugees. In this regard, Sandy is looking a lot like Katrina on the Hudson. Well, things go wrong in disasters. That’s why they’re called disasters. But there is one difference.

Under Katrina, the national press credulously reported all sorts of horror stories: rapes, children with slit throats, even cannibalism. These stories were pretty much all false. Worse, as Lou Dolinar cataloged later, the press also ignored many very real stories of heroism and competence. We haven’t seen such one-sided coverage of Sandy, where the press coverage of problems, though somewhat muted before the election, hasn’t been marked by absurd rumors or ham-handed efforts to push a particular narrative.

It took days for FEMA to hit the ground in hard-hit parts of NYC. More than a week after the storm, FEMA representatives were just getting on the ground and opening temporary offices in New Jersey. When a nor’easter blew in, several of their offices shut down because of— wait for it— severe weather.

An army of FEMA volunteers is now housed in the USTS Kennedy near Staten Island, a 540-foot training ship. They are well-meaning, no doubt, and yet the State Island FEMA office was one of those closed for inclement weather last week, in one of the hardest hit parts of the city.

Citizen groups stepped in:

Victims of an unforgiving one-two punch from superstorm Sandy and a nor’easter that both hit New York’s Staten Island say FEMA has forgotten them…

Punch-drunk residents’ ire is also aimed at the city — which is going door-to-door to order people out of their homes — at the American Red Cross, which some say has not done enough and at police and firefighters. One group of residents, calling themselves the “Brown Cross,” is patrolling the devastated streets, armed with walkie-talkies, and helping residents clear debris and pump water from their flooded homes.

“We’ve done more for our community than FEMA, the Red Cross and the National Guard combined, directly hitting houses and people in need,” Frank Recce, the 24-year-old longshoreman and Iraq Army veteran who organized the group, told FoxNews.com.

Occupy, too!

FEMA says 1,600 people are using aid for hotels, but there are thousands more displaced, and a rental-market pinch. Church members helped find housing for victims in Middletown, N.J when FEMA’s help was late or misguided:

Colon has been trying to find housing for church members who lost everything. A few people slept stretched across chairs in the sanctuary after the storm. The nearest FEMA assistance center is in Union Beach, about five miles away, and many storm victims lost their cars to flooding.

Colon says she knows FEMA has offered some of the displaced people housing, but miles from their neighborhoods.

“It’s not doable if you put them a mile and a half out. They have to have transportation to their job. [FEMA wants] to offer help, but it has to be helpful to the person,” she said, especially storm victims with children in school who value their community. “They lost their house already; now they’re going to lose everything else.”

FEMA trailers are headed to the area, but no state has requested or claimed them yet, and it has not yet been determined where they’ll end up. Mercifully, FEMA Director Craig Fugate assures residents they’re not toxic, unlike some Katrina-era FEMA trailers, which were found to be contaminated with formaldehyde.

Here’s FEMA’s assessment of its own performance, by the numbers:

Since Hurricane Sandy struck New York, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved more than $338 million to help individuals and families recover from the disaster.FEMA provides the following snapshot of the disaster recovery effort as of Nov. 12:

More than 176,000 New Yorkers have contacted FEMA for information or registered for assistance with FEMA and more than $338 million has been approved. More than 91,000 have applied through the online application site at www.disasterassistance.gov.

30 Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) are open in the nine declared counties. These include mobile sites as well as fixed sites, and to date more than 12,000 survivors have been assisted at DRCs in New York.

More than 1,100 Community Relations (CR) specialists are strategically positioned throughout affected communities, going door to door explaining the types of disaster assistance available and how to register. More teams continue to arrive daily.

1,126 inspectors in the field have completed more than 44,000 home inspections.

In the immediate aftermath of the storm, critics understandably questioned the federal agency’s lack of contingency plan for disseminating information if victims couldn’t get on the Internet.

A call to FEMA’s news desk, however, found even they didn’t have any non-Internet information readily available beyond suggestions that people call 911 in an emergency. When asked where folks should turn for information if they have no power, a FEMA worker said, “Well, those people who have a laptop with a little battery life on it can try that way. Otherwise, you’re right.”

Such blind spots are perilous to the public, experts say. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell did reference during a news conference Monday two useful phone numbers — 211 for guidance on emergency shelter locations and 511 for traffic information — and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray told News Channel 8 that people should call 311 in storm-related emergencies.

But that’s about it for public information of this type.

As Glenn notes, disasters are disasters. Bad things are going to happen, some recovery efforts are going to fail in an unpredictable environment, and we shouldn’t make unfair racial and socio-economic accusations about why without some pretty good proof.

But you’d be hard-pressed to find a story about Sandy and FEMA without a sentence like this:

“She applied for FEMA assistance the day after Sandy hit, but said she hadn’t heard back.”

Or this:

“FEMA hasn’t done anything else. The inspector came out and he inspected the damage and that was it. He said he was going to forward it to his headquarters and I will hear from them, that’s it.” When asked if he has heard from anyone? Daily quickly responded, “No.”

Then, there’s this.

The effort has now moved from incomplete and incompetent immediate response to the often labyrinthine demands of applying for assistance from the federal government:

“You have to get a copy from your landlord saying that it was your living space,” Jones said. “If you get denied (from flood insurance), get a letter in writing saying what (your insurance provider) won’t cover. Then submit that letter to FEMA and FEMA can send an inspector to inspect your home.”

It should come as no surprise that smaller, more flexible organizations are filling gaps where the federal government fails (giant charity Red Cross was criticized, too), and without much of the triplicate form-signing. Many of FEMA’s problems, both during Katrina and now, are due to the nature of a giant bureaucracy. There’s a place for federal response, and tweaks can make it work better, but we shouldn’t close ourselves off from innovative solutions by insisting a bigger FEMA is always a better fix.

In the meantime, thank goodness for the kindness and quick thinking of those who are able to help where needed, neighbor to neighbor, and lessen suffering in what is still a nightmarish situation for many of our countrymen.


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May those that look to government for sustenance never find it.

tom daschle concerned on November 13, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Amnesty would fix this in a hurry.

the_nile on November 13, 2012 at 5:16 PM

“I won”…

right2bright on November 13, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Now if the corrupt BSM were doing their job, Obammy would be toast…

Chip on November 13, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Hurricane Sandy: Katrina on the Hudson?

As true as that may be, the media will not report it that way. Perception is reality, at least for a populace that accepts it that way.

maddmatt on November 13, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Under Katrina, the national press credulously reported all sorts of horror stories: rapes, children with slit throats, even cannibalism. These stories were pretty much all false. Worse, as Lou Dolinar cataloged later, the press also ignored many very real stories of heroism and competence. We haven’t seen such one-sided coverage of Sandy, where the press coverage of problems, though somewhat muted before the election, hasn’t been marked by absurd rumors or ham-handed efforts to push a particular narrative.

Huh. So, why’s that?

Axe on November 13, 2012 at 5:21 PM

We haven’t seen such one-sided coverage of Sandy, where the press coverage of problems, though somewhat muted before the election, hasn’t been marked by absurd rumors or ham-handed efforts to push a particular narrative.

That’s because the media is taking Chris Christie at his word that 0bama is doing a fantastic job of handling the hurricane damage.

UltimateBob on November 13, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Atomic.

Del Dolemonte on November 13, 2012 at 5:22 PM

OT Bombshell: Jill Kelley works for Hillary

I’m an honorary consul general, so I have inviolability,

Honorary consuls in the U.S. are confirmed by the State Department and issued a State Department Consular ID. They are provided many of the immunities of standard consular position. Most honorary consuls are appointed by the president of their sending state,

faraway on November 13, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Sorry blue staters. Barry will save you I’m sure.

Minnfidel on November 13, 2012 at 5:23 PM

depend on govt at your own peril

burserker on November 13, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Jill Kelley’s license plate

faraway on November 13, 2012 at 5:24 PM

The Libs on the dry side. The begging class under water.

You own this Libs.

portlandon on November 13, 2012 at 5:24 PM

An army of FEMA volunteers is now housed in the USTS Kennedy near Staten Island

Are you sure these are volunteers rather than staffers?

BuzzCrutcher on November 13, 2012 at 5:27 PM

“unpaid social liaison.”

A new name for a prostitute??

right2bright on November 13, 2012 at 5:28 PM

It’s a damn shame that radar and stuff isn’t used to track the progress of hurricanes so that folks know when and where they’re going to hit.

Pork-Chop on November 13, 2012 at 5:29 PM

“unpaid social liaison.”

A new name for a prostitute??

right2bright on November 13, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Everything we know about this is probably false. It turns out she is an Honorary Consul (she works for the State Department)

faraway on November 13, 2012 at 5:32 PM

The definition of futility: complaining about FEMA’s failures when the President doesn’t need your community for the photo-op any more, and the media has already declared FEMA to be heroes.

drunyan8315 on November 13, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Let’s see. How many Long Islanders voted for Obama and big government? And don’t forget the unions and the red tape they are creating. At least the folks in Katrina got trailers.

iamsaved on November 13, 2012 at 5:33 PM

No. One. Cares. You fools are watching this on Fox News and reading about it on the internet, and you think the story is “getting out there.” It isn’t. It never will. “Own it libs”? Ha! This regime will never be called upon to “own” anything. This president can do whatever he wants, and he will never, ever be called to account for it. Does anyone here understand that?! Anyone?! There is no limit to his power, nor any fear of retribution for his corruption and incompetence. When are you folks going to wake up to that?

Rational Thought on November 13, 2012 at 5:33 PM

a couple of days ago i heard AP radio give a report on occupy sandy…AP is pretty impressed.

then of course i looked at nbc ‘news’ on the web…not too much…well except for the headline…Red Cross thinks FEMA has done a perfect job.

MSM…aka The Voice of the Vanguard

r keller on November 13, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Does anyone here understand that?! Anyone?! There is no limit to his power, nor any fear of retribution for his corruption and incompetence. When are you folks going to wake up to that?

Rational Thought on November 13, 2012 at 5:33 PM

I think everyone knows, doesn’t mean they sit back and just take it

Slade73 on November 13, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Start handing bomber jackets to everyone.

Bishop on November 13, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Benedict Obama’s Katrina? I don’t think so! The POS-in-chief showed he cares absolutely nothing for the Americans in the middle of this disaster! The POS Occutarding the White House now, makes GWB look like a SAINT, by comparison! FEMA is a disaster in itself and the scumbag apologists are trying to cover for the Butcher of Benghazi and the massive, heartless govt. he wields, like an elephant in a china shop! Every time this Bastard is faced with a decision, Americans Die!
Fight the Obama Enemy media or Kiss the Constitution Goodbye: http://paratisiusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-open-letter-to-those-who-should-know.html?spref=tw

God Bless America!

paratisi on November 13, 2012 at 5:41 PM

o/t, but Krazytown just got KRAZIER…

Jill Kelley: I’m an Imaginary Ambassador So Get Off My Lawn

The weird Petraeus pentagonal love shack just keeps getting weirder.

Two 911 calls were made from the Kelleys’ home on Sunday. In the first recording, a man whose name was redacted says there is someone at the door who won’t leave his property. The second caller, who identifies herself as Jill, says there’s someone lurking in their yard.

As the call ends, she makes an apparent reference to her role at MacDill Air Force Base, which the Associated Press has described as an “unpaid social liaison.”

“You know, I don’t know if by any chance, because I’m an honorary consul general, so I have inviolability, so they should not be able to cross my property. I don’t know if you want to get diplomatic protection involved as well,” she told the 911 dispatcher, who agreed to pass the information along to police.

Three more calls were made to police on Monday, all to the non-emergency number. In each one, the caller identified herself as Jill Kelley, reporting trespassers on the property.

I wonder if anyone told the imaginary ambassador about the real ambassador holding terrorist prisoners in the Benghazi consulate. Petraeus’ squeeze, and Kelley’s friend, knew about it.

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/11/13/jill-kelley-im-an-imaginary-ambassador-so-get-off-my-lawn/

Resist We Much on November 13, 2012 at 5:43 PM

and they all voted obama.

let him take care of them.

renalin on November 13, 2012 at 5:45 PM

FEMA trailers are headed to the area, but no state has requested or claimed them yet, and it has not yet been determined where they’ll end up.

that’s high living in the USSA nowadays….

ted c on November 13, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Hey! Knock it off! Chrissy thinks Sandy made Barry looks absolutely Presidential.

But don’t ask Tingles to do more Sandy stories. That’s old news!

El Presidente has new worlds to conquer!

GarandFan on November 13, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Jill Kelley: I’m an Imaginary Ambassador So Get Off My Lawn

The weird Petraeus pentagonal love shack just keeps getting weirder.

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/11/13/jill-kelley-im-an-imaginary-ambassador-so-get-off-my-lawn/

Resist We Much on November 13, 2012 at 5:43 PM

She reveals here that she is an Honorary Consul which is an official position in the State Department. She works for Hillary.

She carries State Dept ID and license plates.

faraway on November 13, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Other than Katrina, a natural disaster made into a political event, I haven’t seen much concern for those of us in the South (or the Midwest) when dealing with death and disaster.

So, Blue States, deal with it.

You got Barry. It’s all good. Just wait a little longer. He’ll show up, flash a smile and Krispy Kreme will kiss him.

You won’t even notice the freezing temps.

Cody1991 on November 13, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Under Katrina, the national press credulously reported all sorts of horror stories: rapes, children with slit throats, even cannibalism.

Yet somehow, only in New Orleans. Funny, that….

You correctly note of course that most of the stories were false. I’m just pointing out that such stories were apparently only interesting if they happened to the right kind of victims in a major city.

tom on November 13, 2012 at 5:48 PM

This admin’s Katirna?
Hardly.
Ds don’t have disaters (the press covers for them).
THis will all be Bush’s fault too.

krome on November 13, 2012 at 5:50 PM

katrina-its all bush’s fault
sandy-meh

-lsm

how i hate the doublel standard

cmsinaz on November 13, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Many honorary consuls have the same capabilities as standard consuls regarding identification and document legalization. This capability is referred to in the honorary consular community as “powers”. Those with powers legalize documents and provide identification (passport) assistance to the citizens of the sending countries.

faraway on November 13, 2012 at 5:51 PM

The government has the uncanny knack of both being wildly inefficient and unhelpful while blowing billions of dollars. You can’t get a better combination than that.

Cindy Munford on November 13, 2012 at 5:52 PM

good thing obama had nothing to do with this right guys?

i mean why would the commander in chief have any knowledge of such a trivial little thing. same thing with benghazi and f&f.

nothing to see, move on folks.

renalin on November 13, 2012 at 5:53 PM

This all good and fine…

… but the more important question to ask is, what is everyone wearing for Obowma’s inauguration?

Seven Percent Solution on November 13, 2012 at 5:54 PM

cmsinaz on November 13, 2012 at 5:51 PM

:)

renalin on November 13, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Imagine how bad McCain would’ve been bludgeoned into loss if he had won in 2008. Bush II Sandy Bugaloo

Youngs98 on November 13, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Hey are the subways up and going yet?

Cindy Munford on November 13, 2012 at 5:55 PM

The good people of Nashville sympathize, I’m sure.

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 13, 2012 at 5:55 PM

renalin on November 13, 2012 at 5:54 PM

hey buddy, missed you this am…

cmsinaz on November 13, 2012 at 5:58 PM

She reveals here that she is an Honorary Consul which is an official position in the State Department. She works for Hillary.

She carries State Dept ID and license plates.

faraway on November 13, 2012 at 5:47 PM

She’s not entitled to “diplomatic protection” in the United States because some guy is on her front lawn. It’s a local police matter. Frankly, one would think that she would have learned her lesson about making Federal mountains out of local molehills. She’s probably in more trouble as of this point than Broadwell. None of this would be happening to any of them if Kelley hadn’t brought a cat-fight to the FBI. I mean, seriously???

Just put the two of ‘em in a lily pond and let ‘em duke it out like Krystle and Alexis on reruns of Dynasty. The burden on healthcare systems around the Muslim world is getting out-of-hand. They only have so many doctors and the ERs are filled with al Qaeda types suffering from GMNB (Goat-Milk-Nasal-Burn, which happens every time they turn on the telly. Goat milk spews out of their noses and across the prayer rugs, which is also pizzing off each of the terrorists’ 3 wives that have to clean up the mess).

Resist We Much on November 13, 2012 at 5:58 PM

I think this article needs more links.

Odie1941 on November 13, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Honorary consuls also have a certain kind of immunity, but it is more limited, and is quite different. They usually do have special license plates, but their immunity only comes in to play if they are acting in consular capacity at that moment.

faraway on November 13, 2012 at 6:00 PM

The inspector came out and he inspected the damage and that was it.

that’s like a cancer screening under Obamacare. it’s gonna be, “yep, you’ve got cancer…..best of luck with that”

cya!

ted c on November 13, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Resist, the point is that the State Dept (Kelley) initiated the FBI investigation

faraway on November 13, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Resist, the point is that the State Dept (Kelley) initiated the FBI investigation

faraway on November 13, 2012 at 6:03 PM

No, the point is that Ms Kelley telephoned 911 about a man on her front law and raised the issue of diplomatic protection with the local dispatcher. She was not acting in any State Department capacity. Her husband had called about the man earlier. Then, she called 911 again.

She’s ridiculous. A trespassing incident is not a Federal matter and acting like she’s some big deal is a joke.

I’m reminded of Barney Frank’s discount contretemps with the Fire Island ferry worker. “Don’t you know who I am?”

Resist We Much on November 13, 2012 at 6:13 PM

So when does Kanye West go on TV to declare that Obama hates white people?

jawkneemusic on November 13, 2012 at 6:13 PM

No, the point is that Ms Kelley telephoned 911 about a man on her front law and raised the issue of diplomatic protection with the local dispatcher. She was not acting in any State Department capacity.

Resist We Much on November 13, 2012 at 6:13 PM

I guess my first inclination is to protect our diplomats.

faraway on November 13, 2012 at 6:15 PM

I wonder if anyone told the imaginary ambassador about the real ambassador holding terrorist prisoners in the Benghazi consulate. Petraeus’ squeeze, and Kelley’s friend, knew about it.

Maybe…just maybe…she’ll feel just a little pinch? These arrogant toads who think they’re just more “special” than anyone else…who belong to the ruling class….need to get a hard dose of reality.

Up with the proletariat comrades.

Twana on November 13, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Mayor Bloomblob = Mayor Nagin, pass it on.

slickwillie2001 on November 13, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Amnesty would fix this in a hurry.

the_nile on November 13, 2012 at 5:16 PM

This is not an Ed article.

slickwillie2001 on November 13, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Here’s a vet group responding to this and other disasters around the world

http://www.forbes.com/sites/shaunso/2012/11/01/veterans-respond-to-hurricane-sandy-with-team-rubicon/

warren on November 13, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Elections have consequences. Who did you vote for again?

kim roy on November 13, 2012 at 6:28 PM

I’m in Belmar, NJ and we were absolutely devastated by the storm. I cannot say with certainty, but I would guess that at least 80% of the homes sustained major damage, most due to flooding, and a fair number of them will have to be demolished.

That said, I have never been prouder of my town and its people. A veritable army of volunteers have been working non-stop from Day-1, organized by our mayor and council. Volunteers evacuated over 200 homes, most by kayak, and then brought those same people back a day or so later to get important papers, pictures, etc. Every day, we get a telephone briefing from the mayor via cell phone, and for those without service, volunteers go door to door (every day!) with a flyer containing the same information: status reports, how to get help, etc. We have set up a relief center at borough hall where you can get food, clothing, blankets, cleaning supplies, baby items, pet items, etc. They drive around with a truck full of ice for those without generators who are keeping food in coolers. Basements are emptied of debris (we have mountains of it) and pumped out for free by volunteers. Hot meals are available at borough hall from 9-5 each day, and four restaurants in town have been providing free food all day, every day. The two drugstores in town are providing prescription refills without charge for now (pay later when things settle down.) If you have no way to get to borough hall, the volunteers will bring you there and back. During the first week, neighbors shared power from generators, gasoline, and meals (meat intensive the first few days!) There were a few looters the first day, so the mayor quickly set a curfew from 6pm to 6am, and set up barricades around the town…no admittance except to residents. If someone was coming to see you or to work for you, they were escorted to your home. Day-2 we had the National Guard, NJ State Police and by Day-3 the Georgia State Police arrived along with an army of utility workers from Tennessee and South Carolina! (God bless all of them.) We had 18 giant pumps (some of which were used for Katrina) emptying water from the town into the ocean, and by the end of the first week, all our roads were cleared of sand and debris, the damaged boardwalk (what was left of it) had been removed, as well as all the structures (pavilions, bathrooms, restaurants, etc.) that once stood there. The progress has been breathtaking. Our curfew was lifted today, and the mayor’s final briefing also informed us that Ocean Avenue will be closed to all traffic for the next few months so that the new boardwalk can be completed before spring. I have no doubt it will be done.

Our mayor, Matt Doherty, is a Regan-type democrat. We’re in Monmouth County which, along with Ocean County to our south, has voted Republican in at least the last three presidentials.

IrishEi on November 13, 2012 at 6:28 PM

That’s because the media is taking Chris Christie at his word that 0bama is doing a fantastic job of handling the hurricane damage.

UltimateBob on November 13, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Harpoon CC and feed the people.

the_nile on November 13, 2012 at 6:29 PM

No. One. Cares. You fools are watching this on Fox News and reading about it on the internet, and you think the story is “getting out there.” It isn’t. It never will. “Own it libs”? Ha! This regime will never be called upon to “own” anything. This president can do whatever he wants, and he will never, ever be called to account for it. Does anyone here understand that?! Anyone?! There is no limit to his power, nor any fear of retribution for his corruption and incompetence. When are you folks going to wake up to that?

Rational Thought on November 13, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Are you in the right thread? No one here is thinking that.

We’re popping popcorn to watch the ensuing chaos, the chaos that we’ve predicted and expected.

kim roy on November 13, 2012 at 6:32 PM

It’s going to be a riot when the union thugs meet the drunk carnies working the storm chasing clean-up crews. This is going to be awesome. They come in and make promises based on chaos and then change the terms when the money starts flowing.

Heads up. The government oversight team is working hand in glove with the clean-up crews. They will act like they are pitted against each other. They are sympatico.

DanMan on November 13, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Our mayor, Matt Doherty, is a Regan-type democrat. We’re in Monmouth County which, along with Ocean County to our south, has voted Republican in at least the last three presidentials.

IrishEi on November 13, 2012 at 6:28 PM

I feel proud of your town and your mayor just by reading that!

Mitsouko on November 13, 2012 at 6:36 PM

FEMA.

It just doesn’t work, can’t be made to work, and is a waste of money.

Shut this baby down and tell the States: you figure it out because the federal government sure can’t.

ajacksonian on November 13, 2012 at 6:38 PM

I guess my first inclination is to protect our diplomats.

faraway on November 13, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Oh, good lord. She’s a so-called bankrupt socialite that may have run a fake cancer charity out of her home. Don’t try to make her into Chris Stevens. She’s not.

Resist We Much on November 13, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Mitsouko on November 13, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Thanks, Mits. I’m very proud too, and that’s why I felt compelled to write it…and believe me, I left a lot out (people shelters, pet shelters, counselors, free taxi service, charging stations & more)!

There is nothing Americans as individuals cannot accomplish if government stays out of the way.

IrishEi on November 13, 2012 at 6:46 PM

They voted for Obama welfare state agenda. Let their big government savior come to their rescue.

batter on November 13, 2012 at 6:48 PM

What’s that? Those sucking on the government teat find the milk is spoiled??? What a shame! Let. It. Burn.
Enjoy the benevolence and incompetence that go hand in hand! Sux to be you! (Sad that I feel kinda bad for feeling this way)

Sasha List on November 13, 2012 at 6:50 PM

IrishEi on November 13, 2012 at 6:46 PM

If I might suggest a letter to the editor of the NY Post detailing out everything your community is doing, it could be very inspiring for a lot of people if it gets publicity.

Mitsouko on November 13, 2012 at 7:13 PM

May those that look to government for sustenance never find it.

tom daschle concerned on November 13, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Eh, I do have sympathy for a lot of those affected because they’re going through a hard time. And the thing is a lot of these people are not prepared to deal with a disaster and even if they are, they may lack the storage space for the basic kit to survive for 10 days without services. They may lack the ability to get ghost. And maybe the rest really do expect Big Papa Bloomy, Andy, and Barkster to take care of them.

Sucks to be them.

No point educating them today let alone kicking them when they are down.

CorporatePiggy on November 13, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Cholera…they need more cholera. Bam will airlift tons of supplies in like he did for Haiti in the first 48hrs.

Mr. Arrogant on November 13, 2012 at 7:18 PM

katrina-its all bush’s fault
sandy-meh

-lsm

how i hate the doublel standard

cmsinaz on November 13, 2012 at 5:51 P

Yeah.

And all the others, like Benghazi, Fast and Furious, Solyndra and on and on and on.

Not everyone in the affected area voted for Obama folks. Those who believe in the power of government are getting a nasty lesson.

dogsoldier on November 13, 2012 at 7:27 PM

I’m in Belmar, NJ and we were absolutely devastated by the storm.

God Bless you and your fighting spirit against the welfare state and a totally ineffective, corrupt, uncaring federal bureaucracy …the pigs in DC and Trenton care not a whit about you. Think about it….all they care about are the photo ops and re elections.

Time to remember this when elections come up.

Twana on November 13, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Cholera…they need more cholera. Bam will airlift tons of supplies in like he did for Haiti in the first 48hrs.

Mr. Arrogant on November 13, 2012 at 7:18 PM

You’ve never seen a Cholera outbreak. It’s not joke material. It’s like saying I hope yo Momma gets AIDS.

It’s not amusing.

CorporatePiggy on November 13, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Mitsouko on November 13, 2012 at 7:13 PM

I’ve written two letters to NJ newspapers, but neither were published. :-(

all they care about are the photo ops and re elections.

Twana on November 13, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Christie was here twice the first week and all he did was stop progress and make promises. Obama did a flyover on his way to Seaside, NJ. We were working a neighbor’s basement on Ocean Ave. and saw him. One of our friends shouted to the copter, “Hey Obama, I got yer shovel ready jobs right here!” LOL

IrishEi on November 13, 2012 at 7:36 PM

I’ve written two letters to NJ newspapers, but neither were published. :-(

New Jerkey doesn’t have any honest reporting. You think the Star Ledger and My Jersey would ever publish the truth friend? Especially when it’s critical or honest reporting about the fat one…or the Won?

Get real…as soon as the Fat One embraced the Won…you should have known the fix was in. Listen…..I was born and raised in Elizabeth….I know Jersey well…and a career as a commercial pilot landing in Teterboro on a once a week schedule. My family is still stuck in Toms River, Elizabeth and Roselle Park. If it wasn’t for my wife and I sending thousands via Pay pal to them…they’d have to resort to cannibalism.

Write to the damn NY Post….for gawds sake.

Twana on November 13, 2012 at 7:44 PM

This s storm is turning out to be HUGELY profitable for the Red Cross, there are oportunities to add a donation at many cash registers at countless stores, there were promos for donating to the Red Cross during all the football games on TV. Meanwhile, the Salvation Army is quietly working hard right there in the communities, in a very efficient and effective manner. When you give to the Red Cross, a far far smaller portion of what you give actually helps people compared to when you give to the Salvation Army, but then the head of the Red Cross makes hundreds of thousands of dollarsover 600k according to forbes. Com , the top dog in the Salvation Army makes considerably less; under 250K according to forbes. Com.

flyfishingdad on November 13, 2012 at 7:59 PM

I will not send one dime to the red…really RED cross. Or United way who has such a top heavy admin costs that less than 10% gets to those who need it.

I’ll send money directly to family…period.

Twana on November 13, 2012 at 8:04 PM

I will not send one dime to the red…really RED cross.

The Red Cross of Greater NY is even more corrupt then the normal RC. I know it’s hard to believe but, it’s true.

Mr. Arrogant on November 13, 2012 at 8:09 PM

I will not send one dime to the red…really RED cross. Or United way who has such a top heavy admin costs that less than 10% gets to those who need it.

I’ll send money directly to family…period.

Twana on November 13, 2012 at 8:04 PM

United Way still supports Planned Parenthood, so you should definitely avoid giving them anything.

slickwillie2001 on November 13, 2012 at 8:31 PM

I guess my first inclination is to protect our diplomats.

faraway on November 13, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Maybe you should have been in charge on 9-11-12. Then we wouldn’t have an ambassador and three others dead in Benghazi.
Whoever was in charge sure did a crappy job.

Solaratov on November 13, 2012 at 9:17 PM

IrishEi on November 13, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Kudos to you, your town’s administration and the people of your town. You have really demonstrated the spirit that made America great.
All the best to all of you.
God bless.

Solaratov on November 13, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Hey, how about that Progressive leadership you New Yorkers love so much? You voted for it, you keep re-electing it….now you’re upset it produces these kind of results?

Seriously looks like Obama’s Hurricane machine is at least as strong as Bushs in New Orleeens.

OBAMA 2016

PappyD61 on November 13, 2012 at 9:55 PM

So… how’s that Obama vote working out for you guys up there in the northeast?

(It was Bush’s fault, and Chris Matthews is still thanking God for Hurricane Sandy. I love it when a plan comes together.)

NoPain on November 13, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Hey, how about that Progressive leadership you New Yorkers love so much? You voted for it, you keep re-electing it….now you’re upset it produces these kind of results?

Seriously looks like Obama’s Hurricane machine is at least as strong as Bushs in New Orleeens.

OBAMA 2016

PappyD61 on November 13, 2012 at 9:55 PM

…JugEars has not unleahed his EO’s yet!…give him time!

KOOLAID2 on November 13, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Time for another Obama photo op? I guess the “optics” aren’t good for that now.

But you gotta hand it to Obama for timing his visit juuussst right.

You guys up North all voted for him, right? Would probably vote Obama and Bloomberg in for as many terms as they would like!

Sherman1864 on November 13, 2012 at 11:24 PM

This is all FEMA AFTER the storm. HOW ABOUT the stuff they get paid the BIG BUCKS TO HAVE IN PLACE BEFORE a disaster strikes?

The Army Corps of Engineers maintains a registry of pre-awarded contracts (as part of their Advanced Contracting Initiative) for resources that are ready to move in to a disaster in real time. Their Commodities Planning and Response Teams, staged all over the country, are the mechanism by which those resources ~ specifically FRESH WATER and ICE in the first stages of the disaster ~ are implemented and delivered to the disaster site. This is ALL, by mission statement, REQUESTED and CO-ORDINATED BY FEMA after a Presidential Disaster Declaration. In a miserable display of incompetency, FEMA and this administration have failed to activate those very lifesaving assets, while scrabbling for “contracts” the USACE ALREADY has in place, READY TO GO. They merely put have 2 of these teams “on alert”.

I beat this horse the week after it hit, because FEMA had NO WATER four days later.

tree hugging sister on November 14, 2012 at 9:02 AM

I don’t care about them, I really don’t. They get what they voted for, so suck it up idiots.

Dollayo on November 14, 2012 at 10:54 AM