With another storm heading straight toward New York and New Jersey, where is the disaster relief effort for those displaced by Hurricane Sandy? The election is now over, and it is time to take care of the thousands of people without power, food, water and gasoline.
To date, 11 people have died in the aftermath of the storm. With another nor' easter fast approaching, why does it seem that there is little concern for those living in housing filled with water, filth from non-working plumbing and no emergency lighting? After Hurricane Katrina, most Americans believed that procedures would be in place to ensure that disasters of a similar magnitude would be dealt with quickly and efficiently. The efforts after Sandy have been anything but efficient, according to residents still in the area.
Last evening, temperatures dropped in many areas of NY and NJ to below 20 degrees; the temperatures will remain below freezing into this weekend. Many people in devastated areas are heating their homes by lighting their gas stoves or bringing outdoor grills indoors. While officials are urging the huddled masses to evacuate prior to the nor' easter, individuals are afraid to leave their homes because of the groups of looters that descend upon the towns each evening.
The weak, elderly and disabled are among the many left in the wake of the devastation. It is my hope that state and federal government officials will wake up to the human tragedy in the NJ and NY areas and get help to these people immediately. It is time to deliver disaster assistance, not empty promises, to those desperately in need.