4.3 million people trying to get to work with no subway should be under triage.
Critical personnel first--doctors, health care workers, critical government/infrastructure workers. Give them tags indicating first priority.
Essential personnel--so business can get up and running again. Give them tags indicating secondary priority.
Those who can find closer residences to their work temporarily should do so to lighten the burden. Or maybe the gov't could make temporary residences available for those willing. Walk or ride bikes to work. Seek jobs closer to home.
Company's should identify personnel who can trade positions with like positions closer to their homes.
Other personnel furloughed until transportation improves. Don't everyone try to jam on a system that can't accommodate everyone. That just raises frustration levels that could lead to violence.
I've never used the NY subway but I used to ride the MetroLink to downtown L.A. and transfer onto the MTA Red Line (subway) to my stop. Subways use electricity. So, what happens when an electric device is flooded in seawater? Same thing happens to your cell phone or your toaster I would imagine.
With everything they have to do to get it up, running and safe again, it won't be up in a month. Antiquated parts made by companies out of business for 50 years? Right. They are going to have parts manufactured. This is one massive fluster cluck for New Yorkers and their local economy, which is going to impinge the rest of the country.
Looking for opportunities to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy? Many organizations are looking for volunteers.
We’ll keep this list updated as we hear of additional opportunities.
- New York Cares offers options for those who have attended New York Cares orientation in the past and for those who have not had the orientation but still want to help.
- New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has a Hurricane Sandy NYC Volunteer sign-up sheet here. After you complete the form, the City’s Public Advocate Office will make contact by phone.
- The Greater New York Region Red Cross has a comprehensive page up about helping after Sandy. It list requirements for volunteering at a Red Cross shelter. They include being over 16 and availability to work 12-hour shifts from Wednesday, October 31 to Friday, November 2. Red Cross volunteers must also be able to lift at least 50 pounds, and be prepared to work at shelter locations outside of New York City and willing to stay for up to 72 hours.
- New York City Councilman Brad Lander addresses the need for volunteers on his home page, linking to the city’s service site for anyone who wants to volunteer in the future and also listing needs for the John Jay High School shelter in his district, located at 237 Seventh Avenue, between Fourth and Fifth Streets. Items needed there include clothing for men, women and children, towels and shoes.
- Google’s Crisis Map lists shelters as well. Many of those facilities may need volunteers.
- Volunteers can contact City Hall directly by emailing email@example.com. Include a good contact email address, name and borough.
- The Lower East Side Recovers is a site intended to help organize recovery efforts on–obviously–the Lower East Side: “The site allows people to offer/request assistance, and is coordinated by the folks at Occupy NYC and community organizations on the ground.” The site suggests using #SandyVolunteer on Twitter to connect with others who want to help.
- Mayor Bloomberg has recommended residents visit Disasterassistance.gov for recovery assistance.
- Hurricane Sandy canceled blood drives, so blood banks may be running low. Find places to donate blood here.
Crossroads News : Changes In The World Around Us And Our Place In It
LOWER EAST SIDE, NEW YORK CITY – If there is a “big lesson” to be learned about society in the aftermath of Sandy it is that, when the Apocalypse comes, the last human walking our blasted planet with a cup of coffee will be asked by every other survivor they encounter: “Where’d you get the coffee?”
So it was when visual artist Danielle Baskin, proprietor of Belle Helmets, ventured out of her Lower East Side apartment on Tuesday and managed to find one of the few places in her blacked-out and soaked neighborhood that was still brewing hot coffee.
“I was walking around with my coffee and people kept stopping me and asking where I got it,” she said. That’s when Baskin, who has worked as a barista, got the idea to set up the sidewalk coffee stand. Baskin heats the coffee on a gas stove in her apartment and lugs it down to the corner in jars covered in tin foil. For now, the cart is right outside the closed Starbucks on 1st Ave. and East 3rd Street, and was the first place I came across serving coffee after biking over the Manhattan Bridge. Within the ten minutes we were talking, Basking ran out of coffee after having served about 60 people in an hour. The last woman she turned away looked like she might begin to weep.
An expansion could be in the works: A man who goes by the name Chaos, an LES fixture, was at that moment attempting to scavenge a full-sized shopping cart and a light so the cart could better operate in the evening. “We’re going to make this a real business,” Chaos had told Baskn .
The coffee was good but lukewarm.
- People in power-less Manhattan head toward the light (news.yahoo.com)
- Coffee Consumers Opting for Home Brew (blogs.wsj.com)
- NYC coffee shop provides break from Sandy chaos in Gramercy neighborhood (nj.com)
- South Street Seaport flooded, looted; Lower East Side venues not likely to have power till the weekend (brooklynvegan.com)
- [Updated] Superstorm Sandy Aftermath: How to Help (observer.com)
On Tuesday, the blocks of tightly packed bungalows and two-story houses that had characterized Breezy Point, Queens, were gone, replaced by smoke and ashes. More Photos »
By SAM DOLNICK and COREY KILGANNON
Kirsten Luce for The New York Times
Cars sat amid the burned rubble after the Breezy Point fire. At least 111 homes were destroyed and 20 more damaged, officials said, though no serious injuries were reported. More Photos »
By the morning, the fire in Breezy Point, Queens, stood as one of the worst in New York City’s history: whole acres of residential housing scorched as if leveled by a forest fire. At least 111 homes were destroyed and 20 more damaged, officials said, though no serious injuries were reported.
The Northeast was prepared for roiling floods, historic storm surges and locomotive winds, but few predicted that some of the worst destruction would come not from water but from fire. Flames tore through working-class enclaves in Queens and rows of mansions in Old Greenwich, Conn., and erupted in two dozen locations in the boroughs alone. Throughout the region, the storm was illuminated by showers of green and red sparks from burned-out transformers and skipping power lines.
“We expected a flood and we got a fire,” said Bill Valentine, a member of the Rockaway Point Fire Department.
If curtains of fire accompanied by rolling waves and pounding rain were not unlikely enough, there was this: the still-smoldering neighborhood of Breezy Point was home to scores of firefighters and police officers, many of whom had evacuated the area and were busy protecting people and property elsewhere in the city.
On Tuesday, the streets of tightly packed bungalows and two-story houses were gone, reduced to smoking ash by the flames. After the fire and the storm, longtime residents wandered about as if in a daze, holding maps of their once-familiar streets as they tried to determine whose house used to be where. With chimneys their only guides, they struggled to make sense of the jumble of charred timbers, ruined beach chairs and broken mailboxes.
“That was Fulton Walk, that was Ocean Avenue,” said a firefighter standing amid the wreckage. “They’re all gone.”
Thursday Oct 25, 2012
Geoengineering Chaos For America!
The chemtrails have been abundant on the western and northern reaches of Sandy during these past few days, and the chemtrails have been thick associated with this storm coming in from the Pacific. These two events are being engineered into ONE MONSTER. This storm is intentional!
This is a storm to run from!
'Sandy' Is Not the Only Deadly Storm 'Son-Tinh' Batters Asia
by Mitch Battros - Earth Changes Media
While Americans on the East Coast struggle to recover from Hurricane 'Sandy' - stretches of Asia have been battered by typhoon "Son-Tinh" that has cost more than 30 lives since it first struck last week.
In China, roughly 126,000 had been relocated in Hainan province due to 'Son-Tinh', state media reported Monday. Powerful floods have reportedly destroyed hundreds of homes across the area. In the southern region of Guangxi Zhuang, scores of boats on a river bordering China and Vietnam went missing during the downpour.
In Vietnam, the storm had already claimed at least three lives and injured 29 people before moving on to China. Homes and bridges were destroyed, fields of crops ruined and electrical and telephone lines downed as reported by the Vietnamese national news agency. More than 86,000 people were evacuated to avoid the storm, while national authorities distributed hundreds of life vests and thousands of water purification tablets, a United Nations coordinator in Vietnam reported.
FULL ARTICLE - http://bit.ly/Sw5CP8
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Steve Quayle notes: This is huge. As it develops, it will place stress on the Mid Atlantic Ridge, then Cumbre Vieja goes at some point.
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