In the wake of Hurricane Sandy we have all seen so much destruction and human suffering. Everyone we know has some family and friends all affected by this storm in one way or another. Power outages, homes burnt to the ground, mass flooding, deaths, and more. It is just unreal, and something none of us really expected.
Watching all the reports on tv all week made me reflect a bit. It’s easy for all the politicians to give their speeches, and most have been doing a great job throughout this. Even the MTA bosses (whom we normally hate) and the ConEd bosses (whom we also normally hate) have been saying the right things to the public and seem to be really trying to get things up and running in wake of many obstacles. Still, with power out and so many still living in darkness, businesses closed, and the city losing millions per day, one has to wonder why this is taking so long? Where were the contingency plans? Where is the accountability? They all have seen storms disrupt our systems. They have seen our city in a blackout not too many years ago. Granted, this was a megastorm, but they should have been more prepared. Planning people, it’s about planning! Did they not learn from Katrina and New Orleans? At least FEMA is better prepared now.
I really had to cheer at NY Governor Cuomo’s press conference this morning. He was visibly angry and agitated with the electric companies, and pretty much called them out. Good for him! Go Andrew Go! It’s about time one of our elected officials blasted ConEd and LIPA and held their feet to the fire. They keep wanting more cash from their customers. Well, now is the time to earn it!
Not to be forgotten are the workers in the trenches who are trying hard to get the city up and running. These people are working around the clock in the subways, manholes, streets, holes in the ground, in trucks and vehicles all throughout NY, NJ, and CT. They are desperately trying to get the power and transit systems back in order. These people should be applauded as most are exhausted and working many hours. The FDNY, NYPD, medical and emergency services have also been amazing during this natural disaster and should be given big props. Don’t forget the many volunteers out there too giving their time to help out. So many are pitching in, but we need to be patient as this is a slow arduous process and things won’t be back to normal for a while. All have performed valiantly in these trying times.
The Red Cross is always such a wonderful organization and are taking donations to help out with recovery efforts. If you can afford it please donate.
Text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. As in the case with other donations via mobile, the donation will show up on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your balance if you have a prepaid phone. You need to be 18 or older, or have parental permission, to donate this way. (If you change your mind, text the word STOP to 90999.)