New Energy Department Team Established to Help Local Authorities Get Gas Stations Impacted by Hurricane Sandy Back Online

New toll-free number for gas station owners and managers - 1-866-402-3775
For assistance with generators and fuel to affected gas stations along the East Coast

energy.gov - November 4, 2012

WASHINGTON – As part of the government-wide effort to assist the response and recovery efforts following Hurricane Sandy, the Energy Department has established a team to assist local authorities in their efforts to help get gas stations back online.

With residents experiencing long lines at gas stations in the impacted areas, the federal government is taking immediate steps that will provide relief in the short term at the President’s direction, and working with the Department of Defense, the National Guard and the Governors of New York and New Jersey. As part of that effort, the Energy Department has established a team that is helping state and local officials identify gas stations that are in need of emergency generators to restore power or are running short on fuel supplies.

20 Pallets of Bottled WATER In Miami- Ready to go - We need shipment cost covered

We are trying to get 20 pallets of water to NYC from Miami. The cost is $2,000. We need your assistance in getting these shipment to NYC ASAP. If you can please send donation to Mike Taylor's paypal account - ***@***.***. Any help or donation is greatly appreciated!

Superstorm Sandy may lead to landfill gas explosions

Superstorm Sandy may lead to landfill gas explosions

Superstorm Sandy may Create More Landfill Gas Explosions, Engineer Says

More landfill gas migration explosion incidents may now occur as a result of Superstorm Sandy, according to one industry engineer.

The region affected by the severe storm has one of the largest concentrations of old abandoned landfill sites in the world, said waste management engineer Steve Last, who has investigated landfill gas migration explosion incidents, worked for Houston-based Waste Management Inc. and done other consulting.  He said in a news release there are “undoubtedly many thousands of such sites.

PwC: Supply Chains Threatened by Six-Degree Global Warming

PwC: Supply Chains Threatened by Six-Degree Global Warming

Risk ready: New approaches to environmental and social change

Some 85 percent of companies have more complex supply chains as a result of globalization, and adjusted climate forecasts mean businesses should expect climate change to have an even more destructive effect than previously assumed on supply chains, assets and infrastructure, according to two reports from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The first PwC report, 10 Minutes – Risk ready: New approaches to environmental and social change, says many companies now view preparation for climate change as not only an indicator of resilience, but also as a competitive advantage.

The report, published as the northeast begins recovering from Hurricane Sandy, says the ability to anticipate — and plan for — potential weather disasters is vital. Companies should embed sustainability practices into their business models to mitigate the risks associated with these major weather events.

Sandy Slows Deliveries, Cripples Supply Chains

Sandy Slows Deliveries, Cripples Supply Chains

Companies from Amazon to railroad firm CSX are warning customers to expect delays on shipments as Hurricane Sandy continues to back up supply chains and slow deliveries leading into the holiday season.

CSX told its customers to expect delays of at least 72 hours as trains in the Northeast continue operating slowly because of power outages.

Carrier delays would likely slow Amazon orders, the online shopping giant posted, and Better World Books said there may be a delay of five to 10 business days on orders shipped to the eastern United States, the Ohio Valley, Canada and western Europe.

The two join a host of other retailers such as Diane von Furstenberg that have told customers that closed shipping facilities, slowed transportation and massive power outage will mean longer waits on deliveries, the New York Times reports.

At REI’s SoHo store in New York, employees wearing headlamps and carrying flashlights led customers around in the dark after losing power on Oct. 29. Even after the power was restored Nov. 2, employees had to manually count and order merchandise, according to the Times.

Freeport Electric Preventing Fire as it Restores Power

On Thurs and Fri, Nov 1 & 2, some Freeport residents received notices in their mailboxes that power would be restored on Sat, Nov 3 at 10am.  Residents were instructed to have certified electricians come in and look at the electrical panels in their homes to ensure that it was safe to turn on the power.  Salt water damage to an electrical panel can easily lead to fire if current runs through the panel.

As of this morning, Sun, Nov 4, power has not yet been restored but Stage 1 (of 3 stages) of restoring power is currently underway.   

Stage 1 is that inspectors are going door to door and inpecting electrical panels.  If the property is deemed 'safe', a green sticker is placed on the outside of the house

Stage 2 will be electrical crews removing the electric meters from (cutting electricity to) any house without a green sticker 

Stage 3 will be deployment of fire trucks to areas where power is being restored just in case and turning on the power

Although residents would certainly like their power on sooner, they understand that this is perhaps time well spent.

What’s Really Happening In Blacked-Out Manhattan

Manhattan at night during the crisis.

Image: Manhattan at night during the crisis.

factcoexist.com - November 2nd, 2012 - Anya Kamenetz

The darkened stairwell of the tower on Broome Street on the Lower East Side is like a dripping, foul-smelling cave lit only by a few headlamps and flashlights. A group of eight 20- and 30-somethings are climbing to the top floor of the 23-story building to check on public housing residents who have been stuck without power or water since Monday night.

"Hello? Hello? We’re volunteers! Do you need help? Water? Agua? Ayuda?" The women do the talking in hopes that people won’t be intimidated. Theo, a resident on the 18th floor who escorts us up, says that this is a dangerous building in the best of times.

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Rockaway Thanksgiving Meal Sites

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Enclosed are sites that have published Thanksgiving meals.  We recommend you contact for details on times/eligibility/availability.

Oceanside High School 3160 Skillman Ave Oceanside. 11-2 Oceanside Community Service and Interfaith Council. ***@***.***

Tomahawk District BSA dnner Nov 26 for their troop. ***@***.***. Seeking donations.

The Soup Ladies locatio TBA

Daily News Old Homestead Steak house. Bus transport.

Far Rockaway. 259 Doughty Road Inwood NY. 1-3. ***@***.***

Operation SurfinBird loc TBA

HipHop Summit Youth Thanksgiving Eve Feast 500 students and families Queens High School for Informatics, Research and Technology.

Far. Rockaway. Brian Piccolo Middle School volunteer Robin. 631 264 4980

Bethany Church 100 Main St. 1-4 516 599 5768

Dean Rich- St Raymonds Church Rectory 12-3. + emergency supplies

Occupy Far Rockaway 12 noon- 4 PM
Approx Beach 50 st and Edgemere

Susan's Perspective on Superstorm Sandy

This e-mail may be more stream of consciousness than anything else but I'll do my best to organize my thoughts.  I'll also include video links where I can.
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In Hurricane’s Wake, Decisions Not to Evacuate Hospitals Raise Questions

Patients are taken to ambulances outside of Bellevue Hospital during an evacuation on Oct. 31, in New York. Bellevue Hospital continued to evacuate its patients on Wednesday after flooding inundated the basement and knocked out electricity. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

Image: Patients are taken to ambulances outside of Bellevue Hospital during an evacuation on Oct. 31, in New York. Bellevue Hospital continued to evacuate its patients on Wednesday after flooding inundated the basement and knocked out electricity. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

propublica.org - November 1st, 2012 - Sheri Fink

At 9:30 p.m. Monday, Eugene Tangney burst into a meeting of doctors at the command center for Long Island's North Shore-LIJ hospital system. Ceiling tiles creaked in the wind and television screens showed images of Hurricane Sandy slamming into New York City.

"NYU called," Tangney said. "They want to evacuate. I don't know how to help them right now. They're in a panic mode."

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Superstorm Sandy: Surveying the Damage From the Sky

abcnews.go.com - November 1st, 2012