The media have different criteria for judging these situations, depending upon whether the president is an evil Republican or a good Democrat.
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.