“The storm known as Sanding is coming!” Okay, everyone knew that. Sandy was being tracked and the kind of devastation it created along the way in Cuba and Dominican Republic was no secret to NYS politicians.
As Sandy hit NYC and Long Island, shelters were opened up, governor Andrew Coumo, NYC mayor Micheal Bloomberg, Nassau County executive Edward Mangano, Suffolk county executive Steve Bellone all held press conferences, all of these men talked a big game and laid out their individual and collective contingency and emergency management plans.
Shortage of Gas: Neither men ever bothered to sit down with Gas distributors and or any association of gas station owners to have a plan in place to avoid what has now become a major problem throughout down state NY prior to the storm hitting.
Neither men ever thought it may be a good idea to have gas stations be operating at full capacity prior to the storm actually hitting us, the trucks that are being deployed by the governor 5 and 6 days after the storm could have been deployed prior to storm hitting so they can easily refuel the gas stations on day 2 or day 3.
We all knew the ports have to be closed so why not work with major oil companies, gas distributors and have them load up extra trucks and be present in areas of NYC and Long Island that were known to be out of Sandy’s path. I guess asking our elected officials to use their common sense is really asking just little too much.
Power Outage: Lets talk about LIPA, we all know LIPA has never risen to the occasion, so why depend on them and leave residents of Long Island on LIPA’s mercy? Would it be too much of trouble to have the out of state crews and upstate crews come in and be present in areas of NYC and Long Island that were known to be out of Sandy’s path? So action can be immediate after the storm hit.
Mayor Bloomberg really didn’t think that may be just may be it would be a good idea to have generators on stand by to the major hospitals that were for sure to get effected by Sandy? These hospital evacuations could have been prevented with little bit of pre planning.
National Guard that are being called in on day 5 and day 6 these men could have been and should have been present in areas of NYC and Long Island that were known to be out of Sandy’s path so they can start assisting immediately after the storm hit the residents of Long Island and NYC.
Falling Trees: A week prior to the storm governor Coumo could have and should have deployed National Guard to work with LIPA to prune trees that are for sure hanging on the power lines, in effort to reduce the power outages.
One doesn’t have to be a genius; one doesn’t have set a world record of highest IQ to have little bit of pre planning.
These politicians are using the most cutting edge technology for fund raising purposes but when it comes to taking a command of a disastrous situation New Yorkers have to settle for their elected officials touring the effected areas and doing on day 5 and day 6 what they should have done a week before the storm.
Common sense is very uncommon in a common politician.