ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY — I’d hate to be one of the people making major decisions during a disaster such as Hurricane Sandy.
The public can be so impatient, finicky and overwhelmed at these times so you’re in a damned if you do — damned if you don’t situation on almost everything. My heart went out to all of the mayors and county executives in our area last week as I listened to callers on several radio stations.
You would think, first of all, that people had forgotten there were thousands of others in the same boat, pardon the pun. Residents called into radio stations wanting immediate attention for their circumstances, immediate electricity, immediate clean drinking water, immediate heat, immediate rescue and on and on the lists went. I truly wondered if the storm had caused some of these people to lose their mental faculties.
Then, there were the Atlantic City naysayers who called in to say that they wished they were residents of anywhere else other than Atlantic City.
These people felt the mayors of every other municipality were doing a tremendous job, but Mayor Langford was falling short on everything.
I wondered if they had listened to County Executive Dennis Levinson time and time again saying that many decisions had to come from the state level and were not within the authority of local officials. I kept waiting for these same people to call back and commend Mayor Langford when he did help local residents find shelter despite the limitations of the state’s authority.
When people insisted on complaining to Pinky Kravitz and Barbara Altman on their WOND radio shows — as if they could make any decisions — I could almost guarantee that the ones who wanted the mayors to let them return home would also be the ones to protest if they had been put in danger by returning too soon.
I understood people wanting to get back to their homes as soon as possible to assess the damage and begin the clean up, but I also figured that officials had more information than we did and were making decisions accordingly.
As for us, my husband and I, we only lost our cars while so many others lost much more, even their lives or the lives of loved ones. We realized through the whole Sandy ordeal that patience, prayer and perseverance go a very long way.
Patience keeps you grounded while enduring calamities. Prayer works, especially when natural disasters appear that are totally out of the control of anything human. It reminds us that there is a higher power we can turn to if we don’t do so on a regular basis. Perseverance is what it takes to keep pushing forward when the situation seems dire and insurmountable.
FEMA even hired local residents to help out with the pick-up. One day, I saw at least 15 young people following Department of Public Works trucks because regular employees could not keep up with the amount of flood-damaged goods.
"Since the national media showed so many images of a city underwater and a broken Boardwalk, we launched the 'Can DO AC' blog. It includes pictures of the city ready and open for business."
Obama: "I want to thank all the first responders who have been involved in this process -- the linesmen, the firefighters, the folks who were in here shuttling out people who were supposed to 'get the hell out' and didn’t."
Watch the video of Atlantic City Mayor Langford on CNN Nov. 1 accusing Gov. Christie of a 'double standard.'
The latest Sandy storm coverage for the Atlantic City, New Jersey area.
Gov. Christie gives Sunday evening press conference urging residents of the Garden State to heed advice of officials and stay at home Monday unless they have already evacuated.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he is trying to mitigate any damages in the state due to Hurricane Sandy, which has been blamed for the deaths of at least 58 people in the Caribbean as of Sunday afternoon.
According to the report, "Each New Jersey power company gave out a slightly different power outage estimate, but the longest outages during Hurricane Irene were seven or eight days, said Greg Reinerk, a spokesman for the state Board of Public Utilities
Atlantic County under state of emergency effective 6am, Oct. 27. Residents urged to relocate.
The storm, which has killed several dozen people in the Caribbean, is expected to be a "storm of historic proportions" for the Mid-Atlantic region, including the New Jersey shore, New York City, Delaware, Pennsylvania and possibly Ohio.
Community Updates – Fall 2013