Real Lesson of Hurricane Sandy: NYC Is Ill Prepared for a Real Disaster
by Robert Wenzel: What's
Behind the Swiss Gearing Up for Major Unrest Through Out Europe?
On a scale
of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most severe, Hurricane Sandy can be
ranked somewhere between a 2 and 3 as far as an emergency for New
York City. There were very few deaths or injuries as a result of
the hurricane, though property damage will be in the billions of
What is important
to recognize, however, is that the low level emergency revealed
just how unprepared the city is for a major catastrophe that includes
the loss of power.
now that while the Mayor of NYC holds press conferences on the size
of cups that should be allowed for sugary drinks, no one has been
checking on the capabilities of NYC hospitals to survive a power
outage during an emergency.
had to be evacuated because of generator failures, after ConEd power
went out, and Bellevue Hospital was within an hour of being evacuated,
before a human chain snaked to the hospitals 13th floor to deliver
5 gallon containers of fuel the hospital did not have on hand for
an emergency. The hospital also ran out of oxygen containers.
Mayor Bloomberg will do all kinds of posing on television today,
the fact of the matter is government did not provide basic checks
to determine if hospitals could provide services in a power outage
related emergency. Hurricane Sandy has revealed the true state of
affairs, government as protector is a myth. It's pretty much all
show all talk and no generator checks.
If you really
want to protect yourself during a crisis make sure you have your
own stockpile of food, clothing, weapons and an electric generator.
Government officials and elitists will pooh, pooh the necessity
of doing this as wild west, right wing thinking, but watch what
the elitists do not what they say.
what Goldman Sachs did before the storm hit.
weren't depending on the government to protect them. And reports
indicated that, through out the night, lights remained on in the
Goldman Sachs building, while the rest of Wall Street was dark.
Which means GS had their own functional power generator(s), better
than those at NYU Hospital or Bellevue.
Also, the leftist
Krugman reported that he had his own private generator operating
to keep his residence with power, after power went out in Princeton.
Take the lesson
from these elitists, be prepared on your own for emergencies, government
will only be on the scene much too late, if at all.
with permission from Economic
Economic Policy Journal