Tonight Anderson Cooper will be live from Staten Island, the New York borough with the highest number of fatalities from Superstorm Sandy. Already reeling from the powerful winds and flooding, the nor'easter brought snow and freezing temperatures this week, along with new hardships for the community.
It was 11 days ago that Sandy destroyed homes and lives in the Northeast. When the floodwaters receded, people were desperate to pick up the pieces, where possible, and return to normalcy. Power came back gradually to homes and businesses in Manhattan and New Jersey, but there are still hundreds of thousands in the dark.
Some storm victims went to shelters, others to stay with family and friends, and there are also people like the Camerada family who are afraid to go. They don't want to risk leaving their Staten Island house vulnerable and attractive to looters who could rob them of everything they have left.
Anderson will talk with New York City Councilman and State Senator-elect James Sanders about why it's taking so long to restore power. Do electric companies like Con Edison and the Long Island Power Authority have requirements that are too difficult for those hit hardest to meet before they can get their electricity back?
And if you've given money to an organization that has promised to help people suffering after the storm, you need to see what Drew Griffin discovered about "pop up" charities. In some cases the scams begin before the disaster even strikes. As you'll find out in his report, they're deviously designed to take advantage of generous donors.
Tune in at 8 and 10 p.m. ET for the latest on the conditions in Staten Island, Queens, and across the region.
What are the full dimensions of the storm , how are children coping .Neighbours from the surrounding area should try to reach those most in need and bring needed supplies with some kind of transportation ,will stores contribute and contact local authorities .
Anderson, Thanks for being the only non-partisan journalist left at CNN! Suggestion for the Rockaways: Someone needs to invite the "Occupy" Movement to come to Staten Island and the greater NY/NJ area to lend a hand with clean-up and help for the super storm victims. Of course someone will need to kick in some bucks and direction but I think it will go a long way toward lending some credence to the occupy movement.
And what of FEMA and getting more out of state help to the scene? There is no Superdome, but there are people being victimized by crimes of robbery, rape and guns as well as cold temperatures and no fuel or power. When are you all going to act with the same indignant temperament as you did in Katrina?
How can this be happening?!?! A city the size of New York has no working disaster preparedness plan in place. The doctor that Anderson was interviewing said that there is not oversight or organization on medical services either, that they find people who can't get around in their apartments without their medications because they got no refills. Where is Bloomberg? Who is in charge if anybody? Why don't they close down Staten Island and guard it from looters so that the owners can go to warm shelters, until the utilities can figure out how to do this. With global warming and superstorms should they even rebuild there? It doesn't seem that it will be safe and we don't want more human suffering in the future, because people are ignoring global warming and weather changes for ideological reasons and putting others in harm's way unprepared with such ignorance like we are seeing in NY/NJ right now.
Chris Christie's only preparedness plan was to tell people to "Get out". Did he have places for thousands to go to or a plan how they get there? People don't often have enough emergency cash or even credit cards to go to hotels, where were they supposed to go? Not everybody has transportation to "Get out". It is not like scientists haven't warned about this happening. Global warming has been in the news for decades and Christie should have began planning for their coastal areas long time ago. Same with Bloomberg, who had no plan and is AWOL now, that people are in distress.
Right now AC is talking to a representative of Doctor w/o frontiers, and she is saying the Staten Is. residents can't coordinate themselves, though they are trying something and being very cooperative. SO, get the Army there to do the job!
People in NY are undergoing a catastroph! Where's the Army? Why don't they go out there to help people and clean the trash and stuff? Are they waiting for people getting frozen?
Anderson, say something about that!
Tonight I have been watching Anderson's fine reporting on Sandy and the National Grid response.
During December 2011 LIPA decided to replace National Grid with Public Service Electric and Gas from New Jersey to provide electric service on Long Island and part of Queens.
I believe the change takes effect sometime in 2013.
Anderson should check this out and see if the change in companies had anything to do with the poor performance of National Grid?
I feel bad for the ones without power, but my understanding from power company workers from here in North Carolina is the help was refused because they were not union. This was told by the workers who went there and were sent back because of this. If New York did this why are the people complaining so much.Barriers such as these should be removed so the help could be used. So far as FEMA helping previous experience with them show they are slow to react, hard to deal with, and for use a lack of words "a joke". They have already done more there quicker than any seen before. I am praying all goes there well quickly.
I agree with you, James, That is exactly what happened. The union forced the southern electric
companies (including Florida) to go back home because they were not union. The Florida electric
companies are the best to get you back on track from a hurricane. They have so much experience.
I think it is criminal that the union did this to their own people/families. And criminal that they were
allowed to do so. I hope that Anderson Cooper sees this and investigates.
@James...i've heard this same story concerning workers allegedly from Alabama & Texas, now North Carolina. I wonder if it is true or a viral story...just wondering.
Your story is a story that can be told almost all over this Country. This is not just a Con Edison or a LIPA issue, it is a story about lack of competition in the utility industry and over-complicated and ineffective regulation. Shareholder returns are far more attended to than basic infrastructure investment and technology advances. Public Utility Commissions all over the US have the unfortunate position of setting "acceptable" rates of return for the companies and their shareholders all the while needing to serve the public by keeping costs down. What is happening in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut is a result of utilizing systems that were built over 60 years ago and band-aided as necessary infected by a total lack of accountability to their customers. I sincerely hope that you will continue to shine a light on how broken this system is and will continue to be without significant change.
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