More on the Aftermath of Superstorm Sandy

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Andrea Bernstein, David Furst, Richard Hake and Bob Hennelly of WNYC's newsroom check in on water advisories in New Jersey and transit developments in the area.  Plus, FEMA coordinator Mike Byrne calls in and WNYC's Stephen Nessen from Breezy Point.


Andrea Bernstein, Mike Byrne, David Furst, Richard Hake, Bob Hennelly and Stephen Nessen

Comments [30]

@ Jose from Queens ~

This is what the great "heroes" at JP Morgan Chase have come up with:

"As our region works to restore power and services, we hope you and your families are safe. Our hearts go out to the communities that have been hit the hardest. We want you to know that Chase will stand with you as the recovery effort begins.

We've extended the automatic fee waivers for consumers and small business customers in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Washington, DC. This will give customers until the end of business on Monday, November 5th to make a deposit or a payment to bring their account current and avoid fees. The waived fees include:

º Overdraft Protection Transfer, Extended Overdraft, Returned Item and
Insufficient Funds Fees for deposit accounts.

º Late fees on credit cards, business and consumer loans,
including mortgages, home-equity, auto and student loans.

º In addition, we're waiving all mortgage-related fees and offering 90
days of forbearance mortgage payments for customers seeking
assistance in the impacted areas."

They've decided to not screw us with their nickel and diming us...for a few days!!

God Bless Amerika®

Nov. 02 2012 09:24 AM

No need to panic if there's no food for a few days:
As this is an issue for a number of people now, it is important to know that a healthy adult can definitely go without food for a number of days (actually several weeks) without any damage to the body, as long as they drink enough water, tea, vege broth, if available. Fruit juice should be limited to one glass a day. After about 3 days, the body switches to a fasting metabolism and hunger ceases. And it is easier to fast than to eat little, because of the absence of hunger. So if food is scarce, and you have kids, you can fast and give all to the kids.
Important: When you break the fast, do it slowly, start with an apple, then later a small, well chewed salad, a light vegetable soup. Ease in animal foods on day 3 or so.
The only drawback: Your body will produce less heat, so you are more likely to feel cold. You may also get a bit of body odor, but that means your body is detoxing, which is actually a good thing.

Nov. 01 2012 12:04 PM
wavydavynyc from nyc

i've not been in to the black-out area yet, (living in brooklyn), but if there are hundreds if not thousands, of food/coffee carts along with the food-stall things they have at the various street fairs during the year, should be MADE set-up in the dead zone, (points towards renewal of their permit or something as rewards..)

Nov. 01 2012 11:50 AM
Jose from Queens

So where is the infallible market in all this? Where are all the companies that are supposed to rise to the occasion? Obama better point out the ridiculousness of these tested and failed libertarian fantasies. They are empty baseless promises.

Nov. 01 2012 11:45 AM
David from Brooklyn

EBT portable can be done with a smartphone and a specific peripheral that has to be ordered and set up, there are several different models. Greene Hill Food Co-op which I am a member of uses a "Square" reader that charges 2.75% per swipe, I believe the Co-op absorbs the cost of this transaction.

Nov. 01 2012 11:44 AM
Evan Eisenberg from Upper West Side

Given the plight of seniors and others stranded on the upper floors of powerless highrises, and the difficulty for volunteers of carrying water, food, dry ice and other supplies up dozens of flights of unlit stairs, I wondered if it would be feasible to get riggers to rig pulley systems -- large dumbwaiters, in effect -- to carry supplies to the roofs of buildings, so that volunteers could then walk them down to apartments on the upper floors. Obviously this would also be helpful to able-bodied tenants who need to get heavy supplies up the stairs (water to flush toilets, etc.).

I'm not an engineer (far from it) and the idea may well be impractical, but I thought I'd throw it out there.

Thanks, and keep up the great work.

Nov. 01 2012 11:44 AM
MrD from NYC

Every time I start to warm up to Christie, he inevitably shows what a tool he is.

Nov. 01 2012 11:34 AM
Gsnyc from NYC

Re wifi: if people are reluctant to open their wifi network, they can set up a GUEST network! That allows access to internet without putting yr data/computers at risk. Generally very easy to do.

Nov. 01 2012 11:31 AM
RJ from prospect hts

When talking about the growth and effects of storms, it would be helpful to refer to the op-ed in the Times a few days ago that discussed the loss off millions of oyster beds in the last few hundred years, due to overfishing and pollution, and of the buffering system that would have diminished the erosion of the beaches where the fresh and saltwater meet. There were trillions of them, filtering 50 gallons of water a day, and they could have had an extraordinary impact on the effects of the storm. Perhaps, when things are closer to normal, in the aftermath, Gov. Christie will work with the EPA to put programs in place to nurture the nascent oyster beds. It may go against Republican policy, but he has seen his way to rising above that now--let's only hope it continues.

Nov. 01 2012 11:25 AM

Why is public radio practically useless in helping us help ourselves? To even make a comment, there's a near endless maze to cross and try getting through on the phone! Hopeless! Anyway, here's my suggestion. Listeners should share information about gas stations where the line is not an hour or more. WNYC should find a place to post this. And Listeners could also share where volunteers are most needed. In WNY (NJ) for example, there are some high rise buildings for low income tenants. Can we post this building somewhere on WNYC if the tenants desperately need help? The municipality is not doing this nor is Jersey Cares or the Red Cross. Sorry for my anger. I'm really frustrated.

Nov. 01 2012 11:21 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

North Jersey looked like North Korea in satellite photos.

Nov. 01 2012 11:19 AM
Greg from Manhattan

Dry ice is being given out at Union Square in Manhattan and there are other distributions in the other Boroughs.

Nov. 01 2012 11:18 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

When did "Global Warming" become "Climate Change"?

What event melted the "Global Warming" meme?

Nov. 01 2012 11:17 AM
Jenna from UWS

I would love to hear about drinking water safety. Sewage contamination is a huge problem we face in the future, what happens when it is fracking ponds?

Nov. 01 2012 11:08 AM
Jim B

Since the storm I've spotted about a half-dozeh gas stations around northern NJ that were able to sell gas and in every case the police have had to supervise the long lines.

Nov. 01 2012 10:56 AM

Please please please remind people of the proper driver response when emergency response vehicles are behind them on the road. Pull over to the right and stop. Too many people keep driving "business as usual" and are hindering the flow of Ambulance/Fire response.

Nov. 01 2012 10:50 AM
RJ from prospect hts

The homeless. What about them? I occasionally, but rarely, hear them referred to as part of larger groups, but it would seem that they have specific problems--like those who'd slept in subway/railway tunnels, parks ...

Nov. 01 2012 10:41 AM
Barbara Noble from UWS

I heard the Margaret Maynard story this AM. Really admire the reporter for doing the story and helping Ms. Maynard.

Nov. 01 2012 10:36 AM

On average, Con Ed customers paid 25.59 cents for a kilowatt hour of electricity in 2011. That’s a bit more than twice the national average price of 11.72 cents per kilowatt hour. The highest residential rates of any major utility in the 48 contiguous states. The only people who pay more live in Alaska, Hawaii, Fishers and Block Islands.


And, we STILL have an obsolete electric grid that is a hundred years old that fails with the slightest stress - winter, summer or storm.

Where the hell does the $$$ go???

Nov. 01 2012 10:28 AM
Beauty Pageants from sunset park

"October Surprise from God"
Really, and God is personally involved in Hurricanes, football winnings, lotto, politics, beauty pageants, gay-conversions...I'm agnotic, so I hardly believe God could care less about Hurricanes and elections. I never thought I'd hear such a thing from WNYC.
What is this!

Nov. 01 2012 10:22 AM

"What do teachers do?"
Good teachers know their students, families and communities, and plan the year, units and lessons to meet the students where they are and move them through experiences that help them master content, skills, etc.

So, what will teachers do tomorrow in their schools without students? They will:
* find out and reach out to their students' families, find out how they are doing and help them transition back to school.
* review the plans the had for the past week, and do the important work of adjusting plans accordingly
* make plans as a community of individuals and caretakers how to best meet the needs of students returning to school on Monday.

Nov. 01 2012 10:19 AM
Vicki from Kensington

Brain --
Are you kidding me? You wonder what teachers do when students aren't there? At my school, we have already used google docs to create the schedule. We will start with guidance staff helping us plan activities to welcome back traumatized students. Then we will all try to phone our advisees and see where kids are and how they are doing. Then we will meet in grade teams or department teams to plan curriculum, work on grading plans. School leaders will have time to give teachers feedback about their plans to help them improve the rigor and engagement of their curriculum. Teachers will be able to update displays to show recent students work and to just clean up their rooms. All of these things are really important and never given enough time. That is just a tiny sampling of what teachers at my school will be doing.
Vicki Madden

Nov. 01 2012 10:16 AM
Joe Corrao

Burny you're doing a heck of a job. So FEMA is on the job...they are giving away money already?

Nov. 01 2012 10:16 AM

Hey, Long Island, Jersey Shore, Staten Island!!!!

Your candidate, Romney says, "Screw You!" to FEMA. He also doesn't believe in climate change or sustainable power and thinks an obsolete, antiquated carbon-based economy is the answer to all our troubles!!

Good luck!!

Nov. 01 2012 10:14 AM
Louise Berenson from UWS

Breezy Point: Of course it's very sad that their houses burned, but when a plane carrying lots of Dominicans crashed there in 2001, the locals did not want to have a memorial to the dead in their midst. Would you care to speculate why?

Nov. 01 2012 10:03 AM

Why didn't they bury the lines back when the put in fiber optic cables?

Nov. 01 2012 09:52 AM
Lee from Queens

Do pople in Westchester think they should be prioritized by con-ed over NYC because they have more money and political power (the speaker mentioned ensuring that con-ed has enough "resources" and that their efforts are not being diverted to NYC...)

Nov. 01 2012 09:45 AM
Gidget from Grenwich Village

It should be mentioned that those of us living south of 14th, east village, west village and grenwich village, are almost all in the dark. We have no ability to hear the radio or have water. I am writing from a car that had to drive up to 34th to get cell service. I am surprised not to hear anything about us Brian. On the bright side, I feel that all the neighbors have been great to one another and we have all been very civilized . Makes a New Yorker proud:)

Nov. 01 2012 09:40 AM
Sarah in brooklyn

For those able to get there, the Greenmarket is open in Tribeca today (Thursday, Nov 1). On Greenwich Street between Chambers and Duane.

and the main page:

Nov. 01 2012 09:39 AM
Sarah from Hell's Kitchen

I live across the street from the Hess gas station on 10th Ave & 44th street. There's been two lanes of cars backed up for several blocks since yesterday around noon and the station has run out of gas at least three times that I've seen. The police are here this morning organizing the flow of traffic, which has reduced the arguments and honking. Looks like photos from the OPEC boycott in the 70s.

Nov. 01 2012 09:28 AM

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