For Goofy and the other forgotten
goofyrider has been checking in here.
He is in NJ. While the focus has been on Manhattan, many other areas are in dire need of help and have not received it.
Goofy, in my book you are an American hero. I know you will say no, just doing my job, but it's my blog so I can post what I think.
Here is his last post:
SanDay plus 5: No phone, no fuel, some food, good compadres ok.Temps down to 32 Sat night followed by 28F on Sun night. Town put out request for help and over 150 men, women and kids came to assist in restoration. Kind of expect folks to help in their own interest but nice to see effort. Business shut down. Checkpoint Charlie in effect with floodlights and entry points. Report Seaside residents ordered off the island for at least 3 months. Hospital v. crowded. Squad hosting breakfast, lunch and dinner for 20- 30 members and family who are stuck. . This has also cut our response times to 30 seconds. Sample dinner: mixed whole wheat and regular pasta, chicken in squash and tomatoes, veal-beef-pork Adirondack scout chili, new england style potato-vegetable soup and salad Pretty soon rigs will be in street and cots in the garage bays. We had two fire calls at the FD next door. Having issues with emergency gen sets. Somehow once a month exercising and PM doesn't translate to 24/7 opps. Scram caused by low oil and or CO alarms. Son and buds leave for jobs down south on Sun. They were a big help during storm and follow up. Freeze temps will cause a spate of alarms for leaky buildings as water boils off to form vapor which alarms detect as smoke. Electric service restoration sometime between 7th and 14th. Then the ugly work of repairs to heating and plumbing. Basement pump outs and clean up to follow once sump pumps can maintain service. Generators being purchased out of state and trucked in to town. Three members picked up units in Maryland yesterday. This will begin to help with freeing up cot space and moving extra families into members homes. It will be tight till Christmas or longer. Staten Island looks to be a mess. Bodies being recovered in collapsed homes and out in swamps. Marathon only cancelled after NYC Mayor caught with foot in mouth and head up U no what.. Where's Rudy? Where's Harry? Red Cross out to Lunch and FEMA who knows. Both good with PR slow to respond. This monster was coming for a week somewhere. Great road net still a humina. N'atl. Guard in next town over. They are still in water. Out of coffee.
Seems that FEMA and DHS haven't learned much since Katrina. If the President's last name was Bush, there would be an uproar in the press....just sayin.
While the politicians pat each other on the back, many Americans are still suffering. Seems to be par for the course lately, but Benghazi is a post for another day.
Prayers and thoughts are with you Goofy, and the thousands, maybe millions who feel forgotten at the moment. Stay strong, hopefully you will get the support you need in time.
Here is a link to the previous blog.
Create your own visitor map!
ark image credit