Letter: Supplies and Hoboken not prepared

Supplies needed in Hoboken; City NOT prepared

The following is a letter we received from Hoboken411 reader Amy – who wants to let everyone know about the some requests for supplies – as well as some poor planning and ill-timed decisions the city made prior to Hurricane Sandy devastating the area.

Letter: 100% prepared? Not true, Mayor Zimmer!

“I had to leave Hoboken and I’m staying with my sister in the city, where they have power. I’m watching the news coverage and interviews with the mayor and thought I’d let you know what’s going on.

Mayor Zimmer is asking for any supplies that can be spared (water, food, etc) to be taken to city hall. They’re evacuating people and opening shelters as fast as they can.

Mayor Zimmer is also saying they took action “as soon as they knew” about this storm. I just wanted to call this to your attention because I find this is not true.

I called the Hoboken Parking Utility several times on Friday to find out if they were opening the garages like they did with Irene. Two people hung up on me. I had to go downtown later that afternoon, so I actually went to City Hall and the Parking Utility. They still didn’t know what they were doing about parking or anything else for the storm. I was simply told to go to the city web site for information.

A notice went out just after noon Sunday telling people evacuations were not mandatory but if you were in a basement or low lying area, you may want to “voluntarily” leave. The first alert about mandatory evacuation of basement apartments came in at 5:30pm Sunday – just an hour and a half before public transportation started shutting down in the NYC. If anyone needed to get someplace in the city, they were basically out of luck. It seems the only thing Hoboken did from there was issue curfews, which were completely ignored.

I just wanted to let you know about the supply request in case you have internet access and want to post it. I also wanted to let you the Mayor is making it sound like they were 100% ready for this storm, which I think is blatantly not true based on what I saw and experienced.

For what it’s worth….
Amy

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24 Comments on "Letter: Supplies and Hoboken not prepared"


mooshu
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mooshu
3 years 8 months ago

Staten Island is very f*cked as well.

That arrogant hag has no idea how lucky we all are to have bounced back so quickly.

Mbattle76
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Mbattle76
3 years 8 months ago
OK, so I’am going to get some heat for this, but I really don’t care. I’am assuming that we are all adults n this site??? I watch tv just as all of you do. Right? I’am not an infant or small child and I listen to the governor. So what did I do on the weekend? ( With the help of my boyfriend that taught I was nuts, but not any more) I got a full tank of gas and made him do the same. Got a lot of extra gas in gas containers, went to the atm. Made him take out money also, bought paper plate, cups and fork, baby wipes, candles, flashlight. Did laundry and cleaned. Got water, can food like tuna fish. I even saved the plastic grocery bags from shop rite and walmart in case we lost water, we could use them to put around the toilet when necessary then throw them out. I alao did a few more things and it only took us a few hours. When I went to work on Monday before Sandy, One co-worker told me that I had too much time in my hands and actually made a joke. Who… Read more »
homeworld
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3 years 8 months ago
[quote comment=”217932″]OK, so I’am going to get some heat for this, but I really don’t care. I’am assuming that we are all adults n this site??? I watch tv just as all of you do. Right? I’am not an infant or small child and I listen to the governor. So what did I do on the weekend? ( With the help of my boyfriend that taught I was nuts, but not any more) I got a full tank of gas and made him do the same. Got a lot of extra gas in gas containers, went to the atm. Made him take out money also, bought paper plate, cups and fork, baby wipes, candles, flashlight. Did laundry and cleaned. Got water, can food like tuna fish. I even saved the plastic grocery bags from shop rite and walmart in case we lost water, we could use them to put around the toilet when necessary then throw them out. I alao did a few more things and it only took us a few hours. When I went to work on Monday before Sandy, One co-worker told me that I had too much time in my hands and actually made a joke.… Read more »
HoBoSearch
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HoBoSearch
3 years 8 months ago
Seems to be the American way now, I guess people find it easier to blame others than take any kind of responsibility. I am with you on the over prepared part my dad who I always thought was crazy (until now) always instilled the same thing in all his kids because you never know.. I heard a few a woman yelling at a PSE&G tech for stopping to get coffee at one of the help stations. He just kinda shrugged it off and went back to his truck. His partner nicely told the woman that he just got off his 4th day of 16 hour shifts and his wife and kids are at home in another area of jersey that was pretty badly hit are still without power themselves, then wished her a nice day and they drove off. Some people think the world revolves solely around them. If you think we got hit hard go check out pics online of shoreline communities you might be a little more grateful.[quote comment=”217932″]OK, so I’am going to get some heat for this, but I really don’t care. I’am assuming that we are all adults n this site??? I watch tv just as… Read more »
mooshu
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mooshu
3 years 8 months ago

Hoboken residents had time to prepare. Sandy was a hybrid storm with cyclones– definitely several major chances for power outages. And many of us know what areas of town experience the worst in terms of flooding…

Many of us have been left in a dark, cold aftermath since Monday and have not complained… We sucked it up, rolled up our sleeves, and took care of ourselves (and even others) as best we could.

Anyway, some people are testy at this time. Which means, if you’re a dickbag cyclist on a sidewalk, a stroller-pushing sidewalk hog, or just an arrogant, entitled or annoying bastard, you’re at risk for a punch in the face from a random stranger these days.

Just a warning… Take care!

xxrjxx
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xxrjxx
3 years 8 months ago

TWC has issued a Coastal Flood Watch for HOboken until Thursday Nov. 8 6am et

homeworld
Member
3 years 8 months ago

Be prepared for the potential snow storm later this week. Don’t claim you weren’t warned this time.

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