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….

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

3 years 24 days ago

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.

3 years 24 days ago

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 years 24 days ago

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.… Read more »

HobokenRes 2006
3 years 24 days ago

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… Read more »

joey maxim
3 years 23 days ago

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… Read more »