In October of 2012, Hurricane Sandy rained destruction on some of the wealthiest, most developed, and most populous communities in North America.
“[P]eople are buried in their own homes, have nothing to eat and nothing to drink. The neighbors down there that didn’t have electricity managed to put together pots of soup and they were distributed to the people down there whose homes were just destroyed — and the American Red Cross was nowhere to be found. This is America. This is not a Third World nation. We need food. We need clothing. We need everything you can possibly think of.”
“Hundreds of thousands of people in New York City, Long Island and New Jersey may not have power restored for up to 10 more days, officials warned Thursday. Meanwhile, weather forecasters said a winter storm could hit the Northeast next week.
Meanwhile, FEMA and the National Guard dropped off diapers and water in the Bronx, where there has been no running water or electricity… Residents there said that people had broken into a supermarket to steal water and that the streets had grown dangerous. Without electricity, there’s no light, and without cell service, there’s no way to call for help…
Farther north in Hoboken, just across the Hudson River from Manhattan, nearly 20,000 residents remained stranded in their homes, amid accusations that officials have been slow to deliver food and water.
One man blew up an air mattress and floated to City Hall, demanding to know why supplies hadn’t gotten out…”
“Supermarkets with their own generators managed to stay open and offer even perishable items. But other grocery stores went dark, or offered their customers an even more frustrating proposition: For instance, at the ShopRite supermarket in Neptune, N.J., food and supplies could be had – but customers were required to provide exact change.”