Dark Hellion wrote:
If what I know from Law and Order is true then everything you said is actually just business as usual.
Does anyone else on this board ever just get the impression that the true progressives just need to get laid more so they aren't bitchin' about little things so much...
I'm sorry, I'd love to get laid more, but working a full shift at a relief center after finishing at my regular job for the past two weeks means I don't have the time to do so.
Alyrium Denryle wrote:
Sources for those? I am curious.
You can read this
, and this
, and this
and even today's NYT editorial
. There is also my personal experience, and the experences of countless volunteers, with appeals like this.
Dear all, I spent my day today volunteering at the JASA Buildings in the Far Rockaways and wanted to share what I saw. First of all, here are some of the facts: there are approximately 700 senior citizens still stranded in these concrete high rises who have no power, heat or water; approximately 80% are Russian and do not speak adequate English. There were about 50-80 volunteers that I saw at any given time, which was nice to see, but most cannot communicate with the residents because only about a dozen spoke Russian. There is NO RED CROSS, FEMA, OR ANY OTHER GOVERNMENT AID AT ALL. These poor people have been abandoned there since the storm, which was a week ago! Without power, there is no elevators and there are anywhere between 12 and 22 floors per building. The stairways are pitch dark and freezing, the smell is unpleasant at best since there is no working plumbing. I saw some residents who are more or less mobile bring in buckets of ocean water to use to flush their bathrooms, but as you can imagine, with the mean resident age of about 80, most are not that capable of climbing the stairs. Many are bed bound and do have home attendants most of which are not very helpful or proactive in recruiting help. I did not see Doctors Without Borders as had been reported by the management company. The only medical professional I saw was an RN from a visiting nurse service who due to regulations and HIPPA could only see his actual patients. The volunteers were being mobilized by several religious organizations and grass roots campaigns such as the one we have here on Facebook. Today there was a command center thanks to a great guy, Ken Soloway, from Kips Bay Y and his troops which provided some order and it made a huge difference, but the system is far from perfect because there are no current protocols and resources to keep track of things, although they are developing it. There were also about 20 JASA employees, most of them just stood around watching us as if we were a traveling circus. There is a ton of clothing donations in a corner, but no one is sorting these bags. There was a huge pile of donated blankets, which were in high demand and were gone by the end of the day, so we need to keep them coming. They are currently organizing a large scale voluntary evacuation to a shelter at a Jewish Center in Brooklyn for tomorrow because of the bad weather on the way, so aside from providing warm meals and some necessities, our job was to try and convince these poor people to agree to evacuate. Some were happy to do so, others insisted to stay. I encountered a couple of residents who would evacuate, but did not want to leave their cats behind as we could not tell them how long the evacuation would last and since we were unaware they had pets, we had no way to know how to handle this situation. It just so happened that while voting today I ran into a girl from my vet’s office. I shared with her what I saw, and she promised to donate cat food to take there tomorrow as well as to take in the pets for the time being if we can convince the owners to let them care for them temporarily. I will try to do so tomorrow. I have to tell you that my overall impression is that the efforts are moving in the right direction and making a difference, but just the thought of the fact that it has taken a week for people to realize that no one was helping these elderly makes me want to cry. The management company was aware of the situation and I am appalled that they have taken no effort to recruit help or to repair their badly compromised facilities. From what I understand, it can be WEEKS before services are restored, so an ideal situation would be a complete evacuation, but that’s easier said than done.
To aid with evacuation efforts they need as many volunteers for tomorrow as they can get. Bilingual volunteers are invaluable. I will be driving there late morning if anyone from Queens needs a ride. If you are available and need a lift from anywhere else, please let me know as there are people driving in from all over and will be happy to carpool. As far as what they need, first and foremost its BLANKETS, FLASHLIGHTS AND BATTERIES. They also need paper towels, toilet paper, moist wipes, Russian newspapers to read, water, fruit, bread, stomach medications such as Pepcid, Immodium, and OTC Prevacid/Zegerid, etc as many have gotten food poisoning from eating spoiled food.
Thank you for reading my eye witness account and if you can help in any way, feel free to contact me directly.
Have a very nice day.