What a bonehead...
FEMA Director Blogs Sandy Survivors Should Apply for Help Online – Almost One Million Still Without Power
November 7, 2012 - Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate blogged on Tuesday about Hurricane Sandy, advising survivors to get help by “going online,” even as many as one million households remain without power more than a week after the Category One storm hit the East Coast.
“We know that there are many challenges ahead and that recovery will not happen overnight,” Fugate wrote on FEMA’s Blog. “Many survivors remain without power, and many are finding themselves without shelter. “FEMA will remain in support of our state, tribal and local partners, 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Fugate said. “Even as television cameras turn to other stories, we will be on the ground to support the survivors. “If you are a survivor, it’s important to take that the first step is to register with FEMA, by calling 1-800-621-FEMA or going online to www.disasterassistance.gov on your computer or mobile device,” Fugate said.
On Wednesday, Bloomberg News reported that 974,000 people remained in the dark, about 350 million of those in New York. On Sunday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that between 30,000 and 40,000 people may be in need of shelter. Sandy is responsible for more than 100 deaths in 10 states, but New York and New Jersey were hit hardest. “Having 2 million more people with power doesn’t mean a damn to you unless you are one of those 2 million people,” Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday in Keansburg, N.J. Fugate also praised the Obama administration for being pro-active in responding to the storm in his Election Day blog.
“Days before the storm stuck, at the direction of President Obama, the entire federal government was mobilizing to support the anticipated state and local response to the storm,” Fugate wrote. “The President declared an emergency in over a dozen states, and resources and commodities like food, water and blankets were pre-positioned.
“FEMA staff was deployed to work side-by-side with their state and local counterparts to ensure coordination in response to the impacts of the storm, and urban search and rescue teams were deployed to prepare to support state and local efforts,” Fugate wrote. In a press release posted on Tuesday, FEMA lauded the administration’s efforts and detailed the number of people helped and federal funds paid out. “In response to Hurricane Sandy, as of 3 p.m., more than 277,700 individuals in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey have registered for assistance, and more than $251 million has been approved in FEMA Assistance,” the press release states.
The most vulnerable are struggling to cope with Sandy' aftermath...
Sick, frail struggle most in storm's aftermath
12 Nov.`12 — Some of society's most vulnerable people — the elderly, the disabled and the chronically ill — have been pushed to the brink in the powerless, flood-ravaged neighborhoods struggling to recover from Superstorm Sandy.
The storm didn't just knock out electricity and destroy property when it came ashore in places like the Far Rockaway section of Queens. It disrupted the fragile support networks that allowed the neighborhood's frailest residents to get by. Here, the catastrophe has closed pharmacies, kept home care aids from getting to elderly clients and made getting around in a wheelchair impossible. The city has recorded at least two deaths of older men in darkened buildings. For some living in the disaster zone, it has all been too much. When a team of medics and National Guardsmen turned up at Sheila Goldberg's apartment tower in Far Rockaway on Friday to check on the well-being of residents, floor by floor, the 75-year-old burst into tears and begged for help caring for her 85-year-old husband. "This is a blessing. I'm at my wit's end," she said, sobbing.
Her husband, Irwin, has a pacemaker, wears a colostomy bag and needs her help to do almost everything. When the power was on, Goldberg said, "I could take care of him by myself and survive." But for days, the building had no heat or electricity. There were no open stores to buy food. Until the end of the week, there was no water or elevators either, meaning residents like the Goldbergs, on the 25th floor, had to cart water up the steps themselves just to flush the toilet. A bad stench permeates much of the building. "I'm running out of my blood pressure medication. We're both going to drop dead in this apartment," Sheila said. The medical team said it would make arrangements to transfer Irwin to a medical facility, at least temporarily.
City and federal officials, and a growing army of volunteers, are trying hard to make sure families like that don't fall into despair. Their efforts come alongside relief workers, donations, volunteers and demolition crews who flocked to New York and New Jersey in recent days to assist in the massive cleanup. The region took a few more steps to move past the storm Saturday, when power was restored for many more and gas rationing eased some of the clogged lines at stations in New York. Paramedics from all over the country, including the ones that found the Goldbergs, fanned out across the Rockaways this weekend to check on shut-ins and anyone else who might need help.
The idea was to find people who "sheltered in place" during the storm, who might need assistance, said Nancy Clark, an assistant commissioner in the city's health department. The going was slow. In their first three hours, the teams had gone through five high-rise towers. Several people were taken to the hospital. Others were hooked up with water, food, blankets or needed prescription medications.
Last edited by waltky; 11-11-2012 at 05:59 PM.
one less death panel consultation.
it occurs to me...how did these people get out to vote?
Most likely they didn't. fema is a about filling paperwork out to see if you qualify for a low interest loan.
FEMA to the rescue...
Post-Sandy notebook: FEMA sending mobile housing units for victims in metropolitan area
November 09, 2012 - Nearly 100 mobile temporary housing units are on their way to the metropolitan area to provide shelter for victims of Hurricane Sandy, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said today.
But they won’t be notorious trailers used to house Hurricane Katrina victims in Louisiana. "When you say FEMA trailers, you harken back to Katrina," said FEMA administrator Craig Fugate, noting the agency no longer deploys the much-maligned trailers. The HUD-approved manufactured housing — the government’s name for the new mobile homes — are on the way to New York and New Jersey as part of a larger effort to find housing for those made homeless by the storm.
FEMA officials have yet to determine exactly how many people have no place to live because of Sandy. So far, 56,000 people have been deemed eligible for housing help, including 48,000 in New Jersey. However, it is unclear how many of the eligible applicants have been placed in hotels, motels or apartments, FEMA officials said. Federal officials are looking for rental units and considering temporary repairs to some properties to make them habitable. The mobile homes are another option, Fugate said. "I think the majority of folks will be helped with rental assistance, which is faster and puts more money in the economy," Fugate said.
Saint Peter’s University is looking for the heroes of Hurricane Sandy. The private college in Jersey City will announce Friday that it is offering $20,000 scholarships for up to 15 students who provided help to victims of the hurricane or volunteered in communities affected by the storm, school officials said. "Hurricane Sandy revealed the selfless side of so many Americans, as they tirelessly worked to help their neighbors in need," said Eugene Cornacchia, president of the university. "Our students were among these heroes, working late into the night collecting food and supplies and making care packages for those displaced."
Saint Peter’s students who live on campus are eligible for the scholarship, campus officials said. Each $20,000 scholarship can be used for tuition and housing at the Catholic university. Applicants have until Jan. 13 to apply.
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CaryGrant wrote: What did you expect ? Do you imagine Jesus Christ is a paid up Democrat miracle worker? You scum bags will even try to use the hardest hit to try and make a pathetic and ignorant party point.
No wonder yer karma is so deep in the negative range.