Disaster Cleanup

Hurricane Sandy: Post-Disaster Needs Not Met by the Government

Shameful or not, it’s no surprise that the government has yet again failed to clean up the big mess left behind after Hurricane Sandy. New Yorkers are devastated by the lack of attention and action from FEMA, while thousands of citizens will likely go another week without power.

Reports of lack of food and fuel, along with electricity have Americans concerned about how much they can count on Obama after all. Such desperation in citizens caused a recent lash-out at Mayor Bloomberg, when hurricane victims raised questions about why they were not being helped, and demanded action. Residents were forced to dig out the debris of a demolished town littered with garbage, sand, sewage and hazardous material, and were well within their rights to feel abandoned in time of need. In the midst of a cold November, citizens without power or resources continue to wait for help that may never come.

Meanwhile, back in New York City, more residents are finding the government’s efforts fallen short. Stores emptied out for a week, some desperate citizens are forced to dumpster dive for a little food. The true sign of an unresponsive “disaster relief” team. As if the infrastructure crisis wasn’t bad enough before and after Katrina, it just got way worse. The neglect seen in the areas hit hard by Katrina is still in evidence today, causing many North Easterner’s to wonder when or if their cities will ever be the same.

Disasters like this one hit hard and fast, and leave you with minimal time to prepare for impact. Millions of people last week regretted their lack of preparation with emergency food, water and supplies, and are learning how little we can expect as far as humanitarian relief from the Government. If you haven’t already, take their advice and prepare now. Safeguarding your future will never be something you’ll regret, getting caught in the storm with nothing, will. Invest in long term food, you’re going to need it.

Click here to read a relevant blog post on what to do after a disaster.