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Hurricane Sandy: Who is responsible?

I just read an article about Hurricane Sandy and the complaints of some. They complained that the Red Cross has done nothing to help although they have received millions of dollars.

“And, although many pols spoke, no one was more impassioned than Borough President James Molinaro, who called the Red Cross an “absolute disgrace” and even urged the public to cease giving them contributions.”

He believes that the Red Cross should do their job and help the people. It is their job! He continues “You know, I went to a shelter Monday night after the storm. People were coming in with no socks, with no shoes. They were in desperate need. Their housing was destroyed. They were crying. Where was the Red Cross? Isn’t that their function? They collect millions of dollars. Whenever there’s a drive in Staten Island, we give openly and honestly. Where are they? Where are they? I was at the South Shore yesterday; people were buried in their homes. There the dogs are trying to find bodies. The people there, the neighbors who had no electricity, were making soup. Making soup. It’s very emotional because the lack of a response. The lack of a response. They’re supposed to be here….They should be on the front lines fighting, and helping the people.”

I think all this is pie in the sky wishful thinking. Disasters are just that! We die, bad things happens, and sometimes the only one you can count on are you, your family, friends and neighbors. This is the best and closest network to help not a consolation. A large organization can only be in a few places at a time but we are where the action is. We are everywhere.

Significant reformation in attitude is needed “help me I’m in need, I deserve it!”

Here is a better attitude “I’m my brother’s keeper.” “I will help here and now not just during a disaster but on my sunny day helping in my neighbor’s hurricane.”

What a deal! We have developed as people who rely too much on the state. Then during a disaster we find out the help, if it gets to us, is too little and too late. Then we are disillusioned and disfranchised when it does not work. It could never work!

It is a comforting allusion on the sunny day. It is a hairy, button eyed, long eared cuddly to bring me comfort under the covers when the light is out.  We can sleep now, a thumb in the mouth pathetic lie. When the bogyman comes all you really have is something soft to through at him.  

Really, you take care of yourself. Then do not consume all you have on luxuries so you can help in the storm. Help your neighbors now. When a great disaster hits you’ll be ready because you do it already!

Do not be surprised when the disaster comes that the Red Cross or the Gov. won’t be there. Do not be surprised at someone looting.

Prepare now and you’ll be able to help yourself and your neighbor. It starts with you tomorrow on your sunny day.


  1. Here is a better attitude “I’m my brother’s keeper.” “I will help here and now not just during a disaster but on my sunny day helping in my neighbor’s hurricane.”
    Stunning. Thanks.

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