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All NYC FEMA Centers Closed Due To Weather

From the NYC local news site, DNAinfo.com:

FEMA Disaster Centers Shut Doors ‘Due to Weather’

By DNAinfo Staff | November 7, 2012

TOTTENVILLE [Staten Island] — … FEMA disaster recovery centers in Hurricane Sandy-ravaged sections of the city that were supposed to provide assistance to hurricane victims went MIA Wednesday morning, posting signs saying that they were closed due to the approaching Nor’easter.

Which really was not all that bad. It was a wet snow that only left about three inches of slush in the area.

The temporary shuttering of the facilities, which help victims register for disaster relief, as well as city food distribution centers come even as many of those still reeling from the monster storm were not told that they had to leave the battered areas…

Because the FEMA centers were located with food distribution and warming services, some residents who arrived there were confused by the closed centers.

The city’s food distribution centers, a lifeline for the thousands left without power, heat and water for more than a week, would only be operating until noon Wednesday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced…

Where was Shep Smith?

In Staten Island, a printed paper sign taped to the front door of on the center at 6581 Hylan Blvd. at 10:30 a.m. read “FEMA Center Closed Due to Weather.”…

And a set of buses which served as a pair of warming centers at the site for the past several days were missing, according to non-FEMA volunteers who continued to hand out supplies from a nearby building despite the storm.

Was Mayor Nagin in charge of the busses?

Volunteers at a nearby donation distribution center said the buses vanished on Wednesday.

“FEMA packed up and left,” said Louis Giraldi, 47, a volunteer handing out cleaning supplies to victims…

Were they available to drive people to the polls on Tuesday?

A pair of FEMA workers alarmed by a reporter’s camera came out of the building at 11 a.m. and took the sign down, saying the center reopen [sic] at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The worker declined to give his name and would not explain why the site was closed or why the buses were missing…

It’s probably a conspiracy to make FEMA look bad.

FEMA spokesman Carter Langston said that the mobile centers were shuttered and staff moved inland because they were not structurally sound enough to weather the storm, which could put their staff in danger… "As soon as weather permits tomorrow, they’re going to be back in place [possibly by noon]."

The remaining five sites in the city — in Staten Island, Coney Island, the Rockaways and The Bronx — were also closed or in the process of shutting down…

The situation was similar in Queens, where thousands remain without power more than a week after Sandy.

At the FEMA site on Rockaway Point Boulevard, near Barrett Street, a sign read: “Operations stop [Tuesday] at 4 p.m. Closed Wednesday 7 Nov.”…

Another location that was listed on FEMA’s website on Beach 116th Street and Beach Channel Drive, showed no signs of the agency’s presence.

At the city’s Miller Field Distribution Center on New Dorp Lane in Staten Island, which houses a mobile FEMA disaster recovery center was also shutting down on Wednesday morning, a police car blocked the entrance at 11:35 a.m.

A cop said that officials were evacuating it because of the storm…

If any of this had happened during Katrina or while a Republican were in the White House, this news would not be left to a local media outlet to report. It would be the top story on every network news broadcast, and the headline in every newspaper.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, November 8th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “All NYC FEMA Centers Closed Due To Weather”

  1. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    Why is FEMA even there, I thought Obama landed and the storm damage parted like the red sea.

    • River0 says:

      So Geraldo Rivera is on Fox this morning complaining about FEMA and Long Island Power. All last week he touted Obummer’s greatness and Christie’s humility.

      It’s bitterly funny to see these Statists reaping the horrendous harvest they’ve sown, beginning with stock markets and economies in meltdown.

  2. Tater Salad says:

    New York……………….call your liberal President. Maybe he can help ya’ all. You like Big Government so have a nice day!

  3. untrainable says:

    Who cares about storm damage? Who cares about price gouging? Who cares about people starving? Who cares about a lack of fresh water? Who cares about the homeless? New York has more important fish to fry. There are people out there eating trans-fats… using too much salt… drinking 32oz sodas!!! Oh, the humanity!

    I say they are getting exactly what they voted for. Ignored until their vote is needed. After that, what’s Obama supposed to do… continue to act as if he gives a ****? Why would he do that? He Won! Suck it up.

  4. potus4 says:

    Damn that George Bush. He was trying to keep all those people from voting for Obama by sending two storms to heavily Democrat states and he would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for that meddling Chris Christie.

  5. GetBackJack says:

    Dying is easy.
    Comedy is hard.

  6. canary says:

    Obama wants disaster in order to fulfill his agenda.

    Or same ole Obama. When he says one things he does another.

    Like he even cared about New Yorkers when 9/11 happened.
    Because he thought it was an accident he changed his radio channel. The rest of the world is
    is shock and Senator Obama is clueless. Didn’t watch the news til later that afternoon.
    Joking at that roast about New Yorkers evacuating and terrified when he flew AF1 in circles around the Statue of Liberty to take pictures for his photo book.

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