Things are going to deteriorate fast when people start fighting for survival.
Same thing happened here in Florida...Most stations now have a generator to run the pumps...but you need cash...no power no credit cards
Give ‘em all free Volts, Barry...
No offense to anyone who tried to be prepared by purchasing a generator after Hurricane Irene last year, but this situation exposes one of the flaws of that kind of planning. Maybe next year we’ll have thousands of people installing gasoline tanks in their backyards, too.
That generator tri fuel kit I bought is looking better and better all the time.
Having worked in the industry..most standby generators in commercial applications only have a fuel supply for a temporary power outage. Once it gets to be three days to a week, they need resupply. Most of the time diesel generators don’t fail..they either run out of fuel..or have flat batteries when they are supposed to start. Many building codes and zoning laws just don’t let them keep enough fuel on site.
If the human beings in the NYC/NJ area do not have power restored by the weekend, they are going to have daggers in their eyes when they go to the voting booths on Tuesday.
Obama might look like a hero today, waddling arm-and-arm down the Atlantic City boardwalk with Chris Christie (Look! They unplugged the slot machines at Harrah's!). But he's going to be a horses's ass when it's the weekend and millions of human beings are still waiting for their power to come back on and for the water to get pumped out of their basements.
This will certainly become a case study for prepping. Not many people can just buy land out in the country where they can grow their own food. They are in the city because that is where they work. This is the more relistic prepping scenario.
Saw an interview with a guy in NYC and he whined there was no ice and he had perishables that would go bad quickly without it.
Now, if that exchange had happened in FL, the networks would have been all over it and how BUSH let those people done.
Waiting to see what happens over the next few days ...
As I posted yesterday when people thought Obama would ride in like a knight on a white horse and everybody would adore him and he’d win votes for handling the situation well.
I’m a veteran many storms (60 year old native Floridian) and know that it only takes a day or two for people to start complaining and become disgruntled with the situation and the blame starts to fly and it’s usually directed at the government.