Skip to comments.Tempers Flare: Residents Complain Government Is Too Slow Distributing Food And Supplies
Posted on 11/01/2012 6:24:55 AM PDT by blam
Tempers Flare: Residents Complain Government Is Too Slow Distributing Food And Supplies
October 31st, 2012
Hurricane Sandy made landfall just 36 hours ago and already weve received reports of looting in hard-hit areas with some people brazenly taking to Twitter to post pictures of their new found wealth.
Ahead of the storm panic buying left grocery and hardware store shelves empty as concerned residents stocked up on food, water, batteries, flashlights, and generators.
With the run on supplies over the weekend, tens of thousands of people were inevitably left without essential survival items due to shortages across the region, and now they are demanding action from government officials.
Officials in the city of Hoboken, N.J., are defending their response to severe flooding from superstorm Sandy.
Public Safety director Jon Tooke says at least 25 percent of the city on the Hudson River across from Manhattan remains under water. He estimates at least 20,000 people are stranded and says most are being encouraged to shelter in place until floodwaters recede.
Tempers flared Wednesday morning outside City Hall as some residents complained the city was slow to get food and other supplies out to the stranded.
Tooke says emergency personnel have been working 24/7. He says the scope of this situation is enormous.
Without any way to heat their homes due to power outages, no food in their pantries and water supplies potentially tainted with polluted flood waters, those who failed to prepare are now at the mercy of the Federal Emergency Management Agencys crisis safety net.
But, as FEMA has advised in its emergency preparedness guidelines, despite millions of dollars in supplies having been purchased by the Federal government, if emergency responders and the transportation infrastructure is overwhelmed, help may not be coming for days or weeks.
While damage from Hurricane Sandy may not be as widespread or severe as earlier reports suggested it could be, what should be crystal clear is that any serious long-term emergency would be horrific for the non-prepper.
In New Jersey some 20,000 residents are affected and already there are not enough supplies to go around and sanity is rapidly destabilizing.
The government simply does not have the manpower to deal with an emergency requiring the delivery of food and water to hundreds of thousands of people. The saving grace for the east coast is that the damage was not as bad as it could have been, and residents were made aware of the coming storm days in advance, giving them ample time to stock up or evacuate.
Imagine the effects of an unforeseen, more widespread disaster such as coordinated dirty-bomb terror attacks, a natural disaster requiring permanent mass evacuations of entire cities, destruction of the national power grid, or the collapse of the currency systems necessary for the global exchange of key commodities.
Even those who set aside supplies for such disasters would be hard-pressed to survive; never mind those who have less than three days of food in their pantries.
If they’re going to rely on government they better learn to expect this sort of thing.
Fortunately the storm wasn’t stronger. These people would be in serious trouble if it had been.
That’s impossible. Crispie Creme just told us all that Obama is doing an unbelievalbly fantasitic job of disaster relief.
Adn the news media told us that Romeny’s collecting of food and supplies was not what the Red Cross needed. So this entire story just has to be wrong.
How fast did they think it would be? Do they think it’s as automatic as grocery store deliveries?
What do people expect? When everything is going good, at best no one cares about these govt agencies, (local, state fed), they usually just bad-mouth them and say it’s big govt, but when bad stuff happens, people expect hot meals delivered to them.
Private organisations would do even less.
Its been what, 3 days? I wouldn’t have to start worrying about food for the better part of the winter.
Learn to love filling out forms and never hearing back from FEMA. They are mostly about filling out forms, which they must stack in a truck somewhere until they are shredded.
Obama has had his photo op hugging a crying woman, and that’s all he was scheduled to do yesterday....oh, and to show how he could actually hug a fat Republican, Gov. Christie...a twofer on the tolerance scale.
Yep. Glenn Beck has truckloads of stuff just waiting to go in.
“Brownie” is doin’ one heckuva job there, ain’t he?
In before someone post about how preppers’ supplies would be all washed away.
There are far more homes unflooded, but with people with no power and no way to get anywhere than there are flooded homes. Most likely 9 to 1 or better. Now if each of the homes that are unflooded just cut off and with no power, water, communications, supplies, medical care, etc... have prepped how much less a strain will it be logistically on first responders? Wouldnt being able to take care of yourself and your family and not needing help ease their burden and leave more for those that truly need it?
It not just the preppers themselves, if you have stuff you can help. If you have power you might not be able to power others homes, but you can charge batteries and electronics for them. If you have a way to cook you can cook a pot luck for your neighbors. And its not just about STUFF!
If you have skills you can use them to help other. Maybe help with temporary repairs on their house for some one that cant drive a nail. Provide news and communications. First aid you share your training. Isnt that better than stand around on a bridge waiting for FEMA to bring you a bottle of water, a MRE, a warm blanket and a kiss for your boo-boo?
Imagine how very, VERY different the coverage would be about this, were Obama not President????
I would predict a far worse catastrophic scenario in the future if Obama was still POTUS and Obamacare takes full effect unchecked and with full enforcement.
Only those on approved lists that have not opted out would get some relief, minimal relief based upon their age and contribution to society, if they are in the media they get full benefits, if they have a conservative belief they get put on a waiting list.
The Obamacare world.
But what if all your "preps" were stocked somewhere in your home, which is now 3 feet under water?
Ahh, the "best laid plans..." eh?
Bon chance NE, we knew ye well...
jerks should have loaded up on toilet paper, water, beans and rice well before the storm. too bad, so sad babies
Learn to have your whole damned family fill out forms for a FEMA trailer.
Learn how to post on eBay to sell the extras.
Learn how to get each member of the family line up to get one of the free charged-up debit cards Obama will be handing out soon.
Learn how to get every member to ‘fan out’ when lining up for FEMA supply goodies.
Learn how to apply for unemployment, Section 8, SNAP, TANF and disaster grants for your ‘new post-disaster’ business...
Same here, in fact, I’ve had to try donating much of my food to local churches and charities instead of actually keeping it for the storm, which didn’t really knock out power in my part of Delaware at all. The flooding though, a problem. But given the fireplace, myself and my wife could survive over a week without power, plus we’ve got plenty of books, and little tweaking aspects of the house to pass the time, plus, we could actually, given the food, toilet paper, etc., in reserve, we could also support four additional people. I know what you’re saying however, it seems all too many people don’t seem to know what life without power is.
Isn’t there an app for that? (Eye roll)
He really congratulated Obama way too soon. In fact, wouldn’t it have made more sense to wait say, 1 week, at least, just to demonstrate that the recovery was nearly complete? Anyways, I guess Christie thinks like the Nobel Prize Committee, and won’t be a viable presidential candidate in the near future either. Oh well, that’s his loss.
Right. Abolish FEMA and use a new app to coordinate the response to disasters. heh
One more thing.
Prepare to be a leader. You may not need to be but having a plan to lead will come in handy if you find neighbors looking for direction.
Have no fear. The Distributer in Chief is in Vegas at the craps.tables, turning our tax dollars into relief funds.
The “gubmint” just gets in the way.
If the politically correct “anti-gouging” officials would just let the free market work, there would be no shortages in very short order.
It was a Category One storm. The near hysterical coverage by the news media with reports of a ‘Frankenstorm’ or ‘The Perfect Storm’ made it seem like another Camille or Andrew. It affected a lot of people due to population density, but as far as hurricanes go it was not a super storm. I lived in Fla for over 30 years and took the media coverage as kind of an insult to the folks in the South East who’ve gone through much worse. Things will be better in a few days, till then you just have to deal with it.
LOLOLOL!!! Love that Looter Guy!!!!!
How can this be? Didn’t nobama fly over the area and bless it? All praise the nobama.
FEMA is little more than another bloated entitlement program. The Mayor of NJ is already calling for them to pay for dune restoration.
This can’t be!
Just yesterday I saw Bams on TV saying no red tape, just call the goovermint and they will get to you in 15 minutes!
They even have a website with everything you need on it.
/s (sarc tag because tempers are short these days)
I saw, with my own eyes, the President himself touring the devastation PERSONALLY!
Why, he even hugged someone to make them feel better!
And how can there be looting?
There is no mention of it on the news!
It’s always best to not try and be prepared so you can be a burden on the rest of us.
First of all, Sandy was estimated to be four times more powerful than the Perfect Storm.
Second, many folks are saying the Saffir-Simpson scale needs to be re-worked to not just rely on wind and structural damage. Katrina hit as a Cat 3 but had Cat 5 surge. Ike hit as a Cat 2 but had Cat 4 surge. Sandy was a Cat 1 with Cat 3 surge. Sense a pattern? Very large storms, covering a wide expanse of ocean, can create surge much larger than their wind-driven Saffir-Simpson scale ratings. And surge is in most cases the most destructive aspect of hurricanes (with Andrew being a notable exception).
Maybe if Crispie Creme didn’t spend so much time getting his face on every morning show in the country and schmoozing with Obama, this may not have happened.
Which sounds ridiculous
What blows me away on this is that they had to know for several days that it was coming!
I would have filled my bathtub and every pot, pan, pitcher, glass and bowl and garbage can with water before the storm. If nothing had happened, I could just pour it all down the drain.
They were told to evacuate and did not. They were told to stock up and did not.
Now they are complaining????
They need cans of stfu delivered, not water.
3 days...sounding like katrina all over again. it ain’t as easy to do as it is to bitch about, is it “brownie”?
You were one of the worst on FR running around saying this wasn’t a big deal. Guess what? It was. Get lost and leave the hurricane threads to those who don’t have their heads up their butts.
This kind of talk makes me angry. This storm may not have been as powerful as those two, but it hit one of the most densely (if not the most) populated areas in the country. The loss is deep and wide to the people and the infrastructure. More people have already died due to Sandy than died in Andrew.
That’s right. Its a sad statement. The article gives the impression of people passively waiting for government to provide for them. Drive 50 miles inland and they’ll find stores full of food they can buy.
“But what if all your “preps” were stocked somewhere in your home, which is now 3 feet under water?
Ahh, the “best laid plans...” eh?”
If you still have your emergency stock you can stay, but if you lose this, you leave. What is so hard to understand about that?
Wasn’t there some kind of Executive Order put out by Obama that said that people who stock up on food and other supplies could be suspected of being “belligerents”? And another EO that said the government can confiscate anything a person has, if they consider it to be an emergency?
It’s blurry in my mind, but I remember something about those things. Anybody know more about this?
If being prepared means you’re suspected as a terrorist (and according to the NDAA you can be imprisoned forever with no charges, no trial, and no way for anybody to help you), and if the government can/will take away anything you prepare with anyway..... the government essentially decides who lives and who dies. Has the US government reserved for itself the right and ability to do exactly that?
And this is why I don’t live in the city. Plenty of room here to have dry storage, plenty of wood to fire up the wood stove and for cooking, a lake within walking distance.
I could actually do quite a lot more prepping for a TEOTWAWKI, but a few weeks without power is not a big deal. Not fun, but not deadly.
I have relatives in Virginia near DC. They were not told to evacuate, but on Saturday, they packed up the car and headed westward. They were responsible. They took action. Didn’t wait for government.
The ones crying the loudest about slow relief are the ones who were advised to evacuate, but they chose not to. If you make a bad choice, you live with the consequences. You don’t look to government to bail you out.