I’ll say the same for this as I said about Katrina.
Things like this are huge and overwhelming. NO government, no fire department, etc. is set up to handle it. Listening to the FDNY scanner it was impressed even more. These guys are probably busy and understaffed on a normal day - but the calls they were getting during the storm was nuts.
100,000 downed power lines in New York alone will take time to repair. 10 feet of beach sand dumped in your neighborhood will take time to remove. This is just the way it is. It all takes time to mobilize, etc. (Of course the stories about non-union workers being turned away should be headlines, and the unions demonized.)
I wish that instead of blaming the government, the media should be stressing the FACT that in times like this - YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN for awhile. Maybe get people to take responsibility for themselves and their families and their neighbors the best they can.
Heh. Just now got this in an email from our city:
...Knowing these skills can make the difference between life or death while in the jaws of disaster. This article helps to summarize many of the frustrations that can often be prevented IF you are prepared properly: www.cnn.com/2012/11/02/us/tropical-weather-sandy/index.html?hpt=hp_t1.
In a large scale event, there are many factors that will dictate where first responders (Police and Fire) are dispatchedwith 50,000 residents (double that during the work day) and a few hundred first responders total, they will be dispatched to where the most lives are at stake
IF they can get there (tree down, bridge down, road collapse means they cant get to you)
IF they are alive to come into work (first responders arent immune to these disasters, they have homes/families just like you do) .
IF they dont have to wait for assistance to come from across the state or nation.
Response in a major event can take hours, days, or even weeks. Thats why its so important to be prepared rather than relying on others. Seats are limited so register today....Make plans to attend and remove the need for the IFS mentioned above.