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

24 Responses

  1. LookingfromDoric says:

    The City was not prepared. The Mayor’s office gave confusing statements about mandatory/advisory evacuation/parking. Providing inadequate information compared to get out the vote efforts. Apparently allowing other law enforcement agencies to limit egress so hard to bring supplies to residents.

  2. animal_lover says:

    When the mayors office first started advocating residents giving up cars I wrote a lettering askkng how a large scale evacuation would be handled with so few vehicles. They poo pooed the idea that su ch an event would occur.

  3. kooky kat says:

    DISGRACEFUL. No information ANYWHERE on what the hell is going on. No bus (WHY?!) thankfully someone gave me a ride in today (thanks stranger!!!) no information on electricity, nobody hanging out around city hall answering any questions.

    What FUN walking to the bus this morning with absoultely ZERO lights @ 6AM. I can’t believe there hasn’t been more looting. Honestly, if not for the kindness of lots of strangers, family (thanks 411) and people offering food who have gas…not sure how we would have made it out of this mess.

    I am super pissed. VOTE HER OUT, and her cronies. I especially appreciate the cops who were directing traffic…except not. They were just standing around. 👿

  4. HobokenRes 2006 says:

    I agree with Amy. Hoboken was not prepared. I was checking the city’s website every 30 minutes. Once 7PM rolled around, only Garge B would be open for residents on a first-come first serve basis. So I decided to park my car at Garage B in fear of the potential floods. When I pulled up at 8PM, some douchebag told me that the garage was at full capacity, and that they can only take in monthly residents. He gave me such an attitude. He told me to back my car up, and drive away. Now, my car is damaged by the flooding, and won’t start. I’m not saying that I’m the only one with this problem, but Zimmer and this douchebag at Garage B could’ve been better prepared!

  5. joey maxim says:

    I Don’t disagree with the people who got hurt over the storm..If one checks the grid on
    the media and of course 411 another storm is brewing down the road.not as bad as the
    last one but better safe than sorry..we had a week to pack the wagon train and move out.
    Living in Hoboken is great when the tide is low and one dosent live on the west side.
    below sea level is and always will be a factor..pity those who lost possesions and homes
    they put money into.Pity the ems fd and pd .Never saw water go up to the east side.
    Just thinking when these water logged vehicles are cleaned and dried up pray you dont
    by one at a used car dealer next year..sticking together will over come..good luck to all.

  6. kooky kat says:

    Too bad they didn’t slap on their green t-shirts and do something useful for once instead of shoving their self serving petitions in my face everything single block!!
    I am not terribly happy that my coucil person was no where to be seen either. And posting an online note to your constituents isn’t very effective when WE HAVE NO POWER.

  7. TheGreenMan says:

    I’ve got an idea–how about everyone complaining on line get out there and help with the cleanup? Nobody could be prepared for this because it was unprecedented. Bloomberg, the mayors of every shore town, every official in Staten Island. It sucks but how about helping out?

    Oh and if you needed the MAYOR to tell you to get out of town when the warnings were on TV, the internet and radio for a week then maybe you should rethink how much you need the government to run your lives.

  8. kooky kat says:

    Sorry, I had to go to my job the last 2 days at 6AM. Not until I got here did I even know what the hell was happening.

    • TheGreenMan says:

      OK great then you’ll be out during the weekend helping out. We’ll be out there too helping the community as much as possible (since we’ve also been working the last two days).

      It’s just too bad people stopped watching TV, getting on the internet and listening to the radio before the storm and waited for the mayor and the rest of the government to tell them how to protect themselves and their belongings.[quote comment=”217823″]Sorry, I had to go to my job the last 2 days at 6AM. Not until I got here did I even know what the hell was happening.[/quote]

      • kooky kat says:

        I stopped watching TV when I lost power, I stopped listening to the radio when my batteries ran out. I went to City Hall looking for answers when I was able to get out of my building (Wednesday) without wading through sewer water. Only to be met with….nada. Oh, and I don’t have an Iphone like the rest of the world so I couldn’t get “the news” on our ever so helpful city website.

        I might be out helping this weekend, but only the people who’ve helped me (neighbors). I don’t have my green shirt and my clipboard though, maybe I can borrow yours. And only before dark so I don’t get murdered or mugged because there’s no light anywhere.

        [quote comment=”217825″]OK great then you’ll be out during the weekend helping out. We’ll be out there too helping the community as much as possible (since we’ve also been working the last two days).It’s just too bad people stopped watching TV, getting on the internet and listening to the radio before the storm and waited for the mayor and the rest of the government to tell them how to protect themselves and their belongings.[/quote]

      • TheGreenMan says:

        When did you lose power? About a week before the storm? We also lost power at around 8:30 on Monday. Luckily by then we had put one car in the lot, had frozen bags of water, filled the bathtub, and helped to put sandbags around the complex.

        If you were watching TV, on the internet or listening the radio ANY time before Monday (for instance last Weds – the start of the storm) there were tons of people offering advice on plenty of things, and the storm was being tracked for days. We knew about it a long time before it hit.

        Oh and hey, greed is good but sometimes if you help someone who hasn’t helped you before you might find it’s not a bad thing, and every once in awhile the lack of selfishness rubs off (crazy but true). No need for a green shirt I don’t think, but I really don’t know for sure. I know at the high school people are wearing all sorts of shirts.

        I haven’t heard of any murders yet in town. Have there been a lot? I’ll have to check the websites. So far I’ve heard mainly a community trying to help out where they can but maybe the murders and muggings are going on and it’s just not reported.[quote comment=”217828″]I stopped watching TV when I lost power, I stopped listening to the radio when my batteries ran out. I went to City Hall looking for answers when I was able to get out of my building (Wednesday) without wading through sewer water. Only to be met with….nada. Oh, and I don’t have an Iphone like the rest of the world so I couldn’t get “the news” on our ever so helpful city website.I might be out helping this weekend, but only the people who’ve helped me (neighbors). I don’t have my green shirt and my clipboard though, maybe I can borrow yours. And only before dark so I don’t get murdered or mugged because there’s no light anywhere.[/quote]

  9. kooky kat says:

    Besides missing my point completely (that I do believe that it is our citys “job” to inform it’s people what’s going on, especially in emergencies-isn’t that why we hold elections?) it appears that you have seen right into my soul and know that I am a horrible person who doesn’t help or care about others.

    Did I miss something? Am I complaining about not having enough food, water, etc?
    Is it too much to ask for a little information needed to get on with my life?

    I certainly don’t think so.

    • HobKM says:

      @ Kooty Kat- This storm was tracked for a week. There was plenty of time to prepare and leave if so desired. It was a superstorm. “No lights at 6 AM on Wednesday” ? Give it a rest, that’s what happens during natural disasters. You’re complaining about the Mayor’s handling of a dynamic, disaster situation and you can’t even seem to get to work in the morning. Try lending a hand to the community instead of griping because your daily routine was altered.

      @ those complaining about garage parking- the early bird gets the worm. There are 10X as many cars in Hoboken compared to garage parking spots. Limited supply, enormous demand. Get out early and secure a spot. It’s not the city’s responsibility to protect your vehicle, it’s yours. I personally know that parking was available as of noon on Sunday.

      @TheGreenMan- I am thrilled to see that there are still people out there like you with common sense; people that are proactive and adaptive.

      I applaud this community for coming together as it has during this unprecedented time.

      [quote comment=”217831″]Besides missing my point completely (that I do believe that it is our citys “job” to inform it’s people what’s going on, especially in emergencies-isn’t that why we hold elections?) it appears that you have seen right into my soul and know that I am a horrible person who doesn’t help or care about others.Did I miss something? Am I complaining about not having enough food, water, etc? Is it too much to ask for a little information needed to get on with my life?I certainly don’t think so.[/quote]

  10. kooky kat says:

    I hope you all got to stuff your face with BBQ and caught your photo ops with the Mayor!!! We were hunkering down, freezing in the dark on my side of town wondering if our power will ever go back on.

    • animal_lover says:

      Yes kooky kat close your ears to Green. Your are absolutely correct on responsibilities of emergency and didaster services. A state of emergency wss declared pre-storm. It is the coordination of local andsandstate efforts that is coordinatef at this time KNowing the severity of thee predictions and the facts of the prevalence of below sea level properties and the large flooding -it should have been called forthe low lying areas minimally. But not for ZImmers lack of call the national guard would not have had to be fishing out so many residents stranded by high waters. [quote comment=”217927″]I hope you all got to stuff your face with BBQ and caught your photo ops with the Mayor!!! We were hunkering down, freezing in the dark on my side of town wondering if our power will ever go back on.[/quote]

      • animal_lover says:

        And those same National Guard resources might have been better deployed to a more severely damagede area in need of Federal support. [quote comment=”218023″]Yes kooky kat close your ears to Green. Your are absolutely correct on responsibilities of emergency and didaster services. A state of emergency wss declared pre-storm. It is the coordination of local andsandstate efforts that is coordinatef at this time KNowing the severity of thee predictions and the facts of the prevalence of below sea level properties and the large flooding -it should have been called forthe low lying areas minimally. But not for ZImmers lack of call the national guard would not have had to be fishing out so many residents stranded by high waters.[/quote]

  11. kooky kat says:

    And PS I got to work last week and this week!! Probably before your warm little lazy heads got off the pillow, I was out waiting for the first bus to come. I can take care of myself just fine.

  12. homeworld says:

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

  13. xxrjxx says:

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

  14. mooshu says:

    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!

  15. Mbattle76 says:

    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 is laughing now?
    So people, please stop blaming other people.Thank good that we did not loose any lives.
    Almost forgot, I also parked my car in a garage high up Sunday .

    Thank

    • HoBoSearch says:

      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 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 is laughing now? So people, please stop blaming other people.Thank good that we did not loose any lives. Almost forgot, I also parked my car in a garage high up Sunday .Thank[/quote]

    • homeworld says:

      [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. Who is laughing now? So people, please stop blaming other people.Thank good that we did not loose any lives. Almost forgot, I also parked my car in a garage high up Sunday .Thank[/quote]

  16. mooshu says:

    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.

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