Sandy Blows

01Nov12

Climate change? What climate change?

After some connectile dysfunction problems we are back. We must note the magical phenomenon that happens when we can flip a switch and something actually happens. While we realize that many Stratford residents still do not have power, we are amazed by the generosity and genuine caring of almost every resident. If you went out and bought a portable generator and your power is back, now is a good time to lend it to a friend or neighbor who is still in the dark. It will make a huge difference.

Now, about Romney’s plan to cut FEMA funding……..

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19 Responses to “Sandy Blows”

  1. The letter M in FEMA stands for “management”. FEMA is not the ones cleaning or fixing anything. Those tree crews working to get the roads cleared? 95% of them are private companies. The rest are state and local government. The line crews getting your power, phone, and internet back? Big evil businesses, not FEMA.

  2. 2 jezebel282

    Chris,

    “Big evil businesses, not FEMA.”

    Umm…and where will they send their invoices? Or are these wonderful private companies donating their time and labor free of charge? And what about the tens of thousands of flooded homes? You know, of course, that the wonderful private insurance companies have refused to provide flood insurance and that liability had to be assumed by FEMA.

    And then there will be low cost disaster loans, housing assistance, disaster unemployment assistance and tons and tons of equipment and supplies.

    By the way, which private company will drain the subways or suck the water out of the Holland Tunnel?

  3. 3 mikereynolds

    I believe the Army Corps of Engineers will handle the de-watering of Manhattan’s subways and tunnels according to Gov. Cuomo’s presser yesterday.

  4. 4 jezebel282

    “I believe the Army Corps of Engineers”

    Is that one of those evil government organizations?

    Washington — President Obama has fast-tracked approval of a declaration of a major disaster in four storm-hit coastal counties — and two Connecticut tribes — to allow their residents to apply for a variety of federal aid.

    Under the declaration announced late Tuesday, residents of Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex and New London counties and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and Mohegan Tribal Nation in New London County are eligible for temporary housing payments, grants to repair homes, extended unemployment benefits and low-interest loans to businesses…

    …The declaration also allows local governments said in the hard-hit counties to receive up to 75 percent of reimbursements for the cost of emergency protective measures and debris removal…

    …FEMA said that residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

  5. 5 jezebel282

    Update:

    A quick survey of news outlets:

    ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, HLN: Sandy storm coverage.

    Fox News: The Benghazi “cover up”.

    Despite being the Congressman of the 3rd Congressional District in NY (Long Island), Peter King spent an entire live interview on Fox News decrying the administrations reponse to the Benghazi attacks. Of course, not a word about 90% of his constituents that couldn’t hear him because THEY HAVE NO ELECTRICITY.

  6. 6 phineast

    jez-we all know how poor FEMA is run and how very slow they respond. there are people still waiting for promised and approved help from last year’s Irene. people are left twisting in the wind when FEMA responds-the trailer may show up and the water bottles and dried meals handed out but when it comes to the “rebuild” help it is just ANOTHER federal agency that is inefficiently run.

    regarding your fox comment-most of us can multi task like read the bottom of the screen about the hurricane devastation while listening to the bengazi cover up issue. since the other news channels have failed the people of the country in their ability to uncover the truth at least someone is out there shouting about how poorly the administration has handled this and continues to handle it…much like yourself when we had the moron in office. stratford got rid of it’s moron, now it is time for the country to.

  7. 7 jezebel282

    Phin,

    You are sounding like FEMA is damned if it does or damned if it doesn’t. By all accounts FEMA had prepositioned supplies in the area even before the storm hit. Within hours they had 2,000+ FEMA personnel in the huge area. Yesterday they had a center up and running in Milford: Milford open house helps residents with FEMA, relief questions (http://www.ctbulletin.com/articles/2012/11/03/news/doc5095e3d0ae2e7291659399.txt?viewmode=2)

    But, lets review: how many dozens of millions of people were affected? Is it possible that you think one single agency is responsible for everything?

    On the other hand, the private sector has the primary responsibility for compensation. You may remember that in order to have a mortgage, nearly every mortgage lender in the U.S. requires that homeowner’s insurance be obtained. Have you seen fleets of insurance agents fanning through the affected areas writing checks? How many legal departments of insurance companies will declare that it was an Act of God or “flood damage” or “hurricane” (with a $15,000 deductible instead of $500)? Luckily, FEMA allows you to apply for grants and subsidies for what your insurance company won’t cover, but you have to do the private insurance first.

    So I’m not sure what your point is. Would you rather depend solely on your private insurance company who must answer to their shareholders?

    As for Fox News constantly reporting almost nothing new about Benghazi while 50 million U.S. Citizens were suffering sort of leads you to question what their priorities are. Personally, I was struck by Congressman Peter King (R-NY) who’s district is the eastern half of Nassau County, with some parts as far west as Island Park and Long Beach, giving a lengthy interview about Benghazi on Fox News while his constituents were without water, electricity, heat, gas or sewers. Do you think his constituents were that concerned about Benghazi last week? Oh wait! They didn’t have any media access so they didn’t hear him, did they?

  8. 8 jezebel282

    Update:

    “Governors say no to hurricane deductibles

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Homeowners in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will save thousands of dollars in insurance costs after several state governors declared that Sandy did not make landfall as a hurricane, exempting them from insurers’ hurricane deductibles

    Unlike regular deductibles that require homeowners to pay a set dollar amount — typically $500 or $1,000 — hurricane deductibles often require you to cough up 1% to 5% of your property’s value. So a policyholder with a house worth $300,000 and a hurricane deductible of 5% would have to pay for the first $15,000 in damages before insurance payments kick in.
    http://money.cnn.com/2012/11/01/real_estate/sandy-hurricane-deductible/

    Whew!

    If your insurer is delaying payment in order to determine whether or not it was a hurricane, cut and paste the above link and send it to them. Better yet, file a complaint with the Insurance commissioner: http://www.ct.gov/cid/lib/cid/cons.pdf

  9. 9 mikereynolds

    Well that’s nice but according to what I’ve read by insurance professionals what the governor’s say has little to do with this. What it boils down to is that NWS never issued hurricane warnings and the NWS has stated that at the time of landfall Sandy was no longer a tropical storm threfore there can be no hurricane deductible. Any elected official trying to sound tough and pander to voters is being disingenuous at best.

  10. 10 mikereynolds

    Remember, insurance companies aren’t in the business of paying claims. They are in the business of making money.

    http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2012/11/02/269033.htm

  11. 11 jezebel282

    Mike,

    “Any elected official trying to sound tough”

    Actually, I’ve talked to a couple of people who told me their insurance company was waiting on word from their “legal department” as to whether or not the “special” hurricane deduction applied. It can’t hurt to have a governor and insurance commissioner on your side.

  12. 12 mikereynolds

    ” It can’t hurt to have a governor and insurance commissioner on your side.”

    You’re right it can’t hurt. Whether or not it helps is another story.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m with everyone else who hates insurance companies. I just don’t think insurance companies care what governors have to say.

  13. 13 jezebel282

    Update:

    Seriously? Congress won’t act on $60 billion in aid to half a dozen states until “mid-January”? There must be a way to suspend their $3,350/week paychecks until they do some work.

  14. 14 stfdprofessor1

    HAAAAAAhaaaaaaaahahahaha you still have a shed of faith in any politician Jez???

  15. 15 jezebel282

    Prof,

    “you still have a shed of faith in any politician ”

    Nope. Just dumbstruck at how irresponsible politicians can be…again.
    Especially since I expect some sticker shock today when people open their paychecks and see extra $$ that just got extracted from their accounts.
    If you got a 2% raise this year (which would be a lot nowadays) you just lost it. If you didn’t get a raise in a couple of years you are now doing the same job for less pay.

    So much for the wealthy bearing the burden…..

  16. 16 jezebel282

    Amazingly the U.S. House voted on passing a $9.7 Billion authorization for FEMA to borrow more money to pay FEMA flood insurance claims (that your mortgage company requires).

    66 Republicans voted against it. Don’t you just love Republicans? What a bunch of swell people.

  17. 17 jezebel282

    Update:

    In a record 78 days the House finally passed the Sandy relief bill. ( A record for taking the longest time).

    The House approved the bill by a vote of 241 to 180. That’s 179 Republican members of the House of Representatives that voted against providing relief to devastated citizens of this massive storm. Mostly from the Tea Party Caucus and southern states. http://teapartycaucus-bachmann.house.gov/membership

    We can hardly wait for the next hurricane to hit Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas so that Northeast Democrats can insist on “fiscal responsibility”.

    Of course, those devastated and homeless citizens of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut will have to wait until Tuesday, 22 January, 2013 for the Senate to vote on the bill. After all, what’s the rush? It’s winter….

  18. 18 mikereynolds

    What should be happening is that the members of Congress who threw in all the non-Sandy related spending into this bill should be outed. I don’t understand why non-Sandy projects were made a part of this bill. Its nonsense.

  19. 19 jezebel282

    Mike,

    That would be a Republican: “One of the bigger votes was on an amendment from Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.), which added $33.7 billion to the bill.”
    http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/277379-50-billion-sandy-bill-splits-gop-but-clears-the-house#ixzz2I9BG3gr3


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