Friday, November 2, 2012

Anarchy Along The Jersey Shore And On Long Island In The Aftermath Of Hurricane Sandy

Michael Snyder, Contributor
Activist Post

Hurricane Sandy is another reminder of just how incredibly fragile the thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted on a daily basis really is.  Many of the hardest hit areas along the Jersey shore and the coast of Long Island have descended into a state of anarchy.  More than 7 million people live on Long Island, and millions more live along the Jersey shore and right now they are getting a taste of what life would be like during a total economic meltdown.

At the moment, there are still approximately 4.7 million homes and businesses that do not have power.  Officials say that some of those homes and businesses may not have their power restored until the weekend of November 10th and 11th.  Meanwhile, it is getting very cold at night.  This weekend the low temperatures on Long Island are supposed to dip into the upper thirties.

There have been reports of people diving into dumpsters behind supermarkets in a desperate search for food, and there have been other reports of roaming gangs of criminals posing as officials from FEMA or Con Edison and then robbing families at gunpoint once they have gained entrance into their homes.  If people will behave like this during a temporary emergency that lasts only a few days, what would they do during a total economic collapse?  That is a frightening thing to think about.

Most gas stations along the Jersey shore and on Long Island are either totally out of gasoline or they don't have any power to operate the gas pumps.  It is estimated that more than half of all gas stations in New York City are closed at the moment, and officials say that more than 80 percent of all gas stations in New Jersey are not able to sell gas right now.  So needless to say, the lines at the gas stations that remain open are horrific.


It is being reported that some people are waiting in line for hours for gasoline in some areas and that state troopers have actually been deployed at every gas station along the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway.

The following is how one New Jersey mayor described the situation...
'Gas lines are stretching for a couple of miles,' said Anthony Ammiano, mayor of Freehold, N.J., who recalled the oil crisis of the 1970s. 'It's like the Jimmy Carter years. It's a flashback of bad memories.'
There have even been reports of people literally fighting each other over gasoline...
'It’s so crazy. Cars are pulling up and people are fighting each other. There is no gas around here,' said Mena Aziz, who manages a Gulf Express station in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. 'It’s been so busy.'
According to Breitbart, there have been continuous reports of "fistfights and people bringing guns to gas stations" on Twitter.  The following are a couple of examples...
Just awful! RT @metrogypsy: Someone just pulled a knife at Greenpoint #gas station as line stretches with hours long wait #gettingrealFAST
— Camila Xavier (@camilaxavier) November 1, 2012
You know things are bad when you ask the gas station attendent 'when do you think you're going to get more gas?' and he just laughs at you.
— Prede (@predederva) November 1, 2012
Unfortunately, authorities are projecting that the gas shortage may last for another week at least.

How angry and frustrated will people get by that time?

There are vast stretches of the Jersey Shore and the coast of Long Island that will never be the same again.  The following is an excerpt from a comment that a reader of mine from Long Island left on one of my recent articles...
I live in Massapequa NY …..No power to 95%. almost every home south of Merrick Road ( 1.5 miles from open water ) has been flooded. No electricity, no supermarkets in immediate area, no gas (approx 80% of gas stations closed on Long Island).
This was not just another storm.  It was a life-altering event for millions of people.

Unfortunately, just as we have seen after every other major storm in recent years, looters are taking advantage of the chaos caused by Hurricane Sandy.

According to the New York Post, a number of arrests for looting have already been made on Long Island...
In the Rockaways, lowlifes were sneaking into clothing stores and cleaning out pizzerias. Two men and a woman were arrested for robbing a BP gas station on Beach Channel Drive, three men and one woman were cuffed for pillaging a Radio Shack on Beach 88th Street, and two people were arrested for raiding a clothing store near Beach 86th Street, cops said. Stores were emptied along a two-block stretch of Mermaid Avenue in Coney Island. Seven people were busted.
Over on Coney Island, looting appeared to be out of control during the immediate aftermath of the storm...
Thieves broke in to the badly damaged Mega Aid Pharmacy on Mermaid Avenue and reportedly stole more than 10,000 pharmaceutical items, including prescription drugs.
'The water went away and these people started walking down the streets and just robbed stores,' a pharmacy worker told HuffPo's Andy Campbell.
Manager Stan Gutkin said the major heist essentially 'breaks the business.'
Looters reportedly also targeted banks, other shops, and other pharmacies.
And residents are noticing.
'People are turning on each other -- they're attacking each other,' Ocean Towers resident Dena Wells told Campbell.
Amazingly, a number of not-so-smart looters have actually been displaying their looted goods on Twitter.  Just check out the shocking photos in this article.

But most people living in the areas that were most affected by Hurricane Sandy are decent people that just want some assistance.  One resident of Hoboken, New Jersey became so frustrated that he inflated an air mattress and used it to float down to city hall in an attempt to get some answers...
Nearly 20,000 people have been trapped at home in the New Jersey city of Hoboken, just across the Hudson River from New York City, amid accusations that officials were slow to deliver food and water.
One man blew up an air mattress and floated to City Hall, demanding to know why supplies had not reached residents - at least a quarter of homes there are flooded and 90% do not have power.
Just like we saw after Hurricane Katrina, the response by the federal government and by big aid agencies such as the Red Cross has been very slow.  In fact, Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro has gone so far as to call the Red Cross an "absolute disgrace" and is urging people that live in his area to quit giving money to them...
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.
If this is how angry and frustrated that people become over a temporary disaster, how angry and frustrated would they get if there was a total economic meltdown that was permanent?

Sadly, the truth is that what we are seeing during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is just a very small preview of what is coming on a national level.

Our economy is a complete and total mess right now, and things are going to get a whole lot worse.
When unemployment starts skyrocketing again and large segments of the population realize that there is no hope for a turnaround, many of them are going to totally give in to despair and become very desperate.

And as we are seeing along the Jersey Shore and on Long Island right now, desperate people do desperate things.


That is why I am constantly pounding on the need to prepare for what is ahead.  There are signs of social decay all around us, and most Americans are not equipped to deal with the pressures that come with a major emergency.  When things totally fall apart, you don't want your family to be totally unprepared and surrounded by millions of angry and desperate people.

Hopefully Hurricane Sandy will serve as a wake-up call for millions of American families.  Time is definitely running out, and we all need to get prepared while we still can.

This article first appeared here at the Economic Collapse.  Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream and Economic Collapse Blog. Follow him on Twitter here.


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46 comments:

Anonymous said...

We are so used to every convenience given to us at the snap of a finger that when there is a time people need to unite most everyone turns on each other like animals.

Sadly it doesn't take a natural disaster for this to occur.. read the xmas shopping stories, fist fighting and deaths over TOYS? really people

Anonymous said...

Don't worry! Just wait for the men from the government to help you!

Anonymous said...

Yet the elections will commence on schedule. What crap.

Anonymous said...

Which is why we the people need to overthrow
this corrupt mess of a government and restore
the constitutional republic stolen from us by
ZOG. Forget elections, they're all rigged. The
revolution is near...

Anonymous said...

It's not about your condescending " Conveniences given to us at snap of finger " Nobody snaps a finger waiting hours for a bus on a normal day. Public Transportation is basic need ,even more so during a Catastrophe and given State Media pattern of lying, I bet they are covering up more problems than they report .

Anonymous said...

Most anarchists are not criminals, and most criminals are not anarchists... you are describing panic and chaos NOT "anarchy".

Most people use this term without thinking about it's real meaning which has been misused by politicians and mainstream media for so long to create this misunderstanding in people's minds.

I think you would find most anarchists would be welcome company in an emergency.

Joe said...

Yes, anarchy is the WRONG word. If it were anarchy, looters would be restrained, possibly beaten or shot, and citizens (real anarchists) would band together to solve the groups' problems like gasoline and food. Calling chaos anarchy is an old trick to justify more government!

Real anarchy is government replaced by cooperation and individual problem-solving. Looting and robbery are not anarchy. Anarchy views looting and robbery just like everybody else, as crimes against people.

Anonymous said...

Preppers are laughing their asses off...

Anonymous said...

After all these years of hearing people rant about government getting out of their lives, we now hear people rant that government did not deliver food and water to their door after the storm. We have been told that this terrible storm was coming for a week beforehand. And people didn't fill up waterbottles and top up on food?

Anonymous said...

Cry havoc . . .

Anonymous said...

I think some posters are being a little unfair. Obviously many of these people would fit the stereotype. To lazy to prep the week before and now expect big brother to come and drop food on their plate. These are the same people who elect mongrels in the first place. But I think some miss the point that this disaster wiped out homes. Plenty of people might have had food but now can't access it across the pond in their living room. Those people may not have a bug out bag. Give them a break.


Also I don't think u want obama postponing the election, u never know if u will ever get it back, plus I'm prett sure it's constitutionally mandated and has neve been postponed, the show must go on

Anonymous said...

The so-called tweets by looters are being used as a psy-op by the usual suspects (zio-trolls).

The text is Al Jolson style ebonics ("We gon loot dey stuff and rape dey white wimmins") being used to stir up racial conflict and deflect from their crimes of usury and crimes against humanity. The end. Cointelpro, folks. C'mon, now.

Anonymous said...

These occasional storms along with their outages & shortages are great reminders that you must have supplies.
After all of these years & so many examples of what can happen, I'm shocked to see so many idiots that have NOTHING set aside for these storms.
These people are proven to be incapable of thinking for themselves & must have the state do it for them.
They are little better than zoo animals that must be fed & housed by the state.
Unfortunately for those of us who are responsible, love liberty & are prepared, on Nov 6th, they will pull the lever for Obama for the expansion of it ( that's not saying that I will vote for Romney either!).

Anonymous said...

This all sounds rigged to me!
The Damn storm shouldn't have hit the east coast.

and people are pathetic at there basic needs there just animals.
Zombies. Can't think in a situation so they only do what there most basic instinct tells them, get food, shelter, security by any means possible.

Now do you see tons of FEMA around nope. There waiting on purpose.

Anonymous said...

Your article defines chaos NOT "anarchy". Get an education...

Anonymous said...

What is wrong with people that SEE it coming, yet do not prepare? Or evacuate? I understand that NY has not had a hurricane in over a hundred years, but that is no excuse. If those who were able, prepared and evacuated, then the city's concern could fall upon the homeless, and not waste their time with people who fight like children for a few gallons of gas. What a waste of taxpayer money to have state troopers watching gas stations when they should be out there helping those who could not help themselves.

I'm from Florida, and when a storm comes, PEOPLE PREPARE AND EVACUATE! And we never see people acting like this in the aftermath.

Anonymous said...

Use of the word anarchy in this case demonstrates a level of ignorance on the authors part. Before you use words you should understand there meaning. As soon as you used that word you alienated the readers who do understand the true meaning of anarchy.

Joe said...

Under true anarchy, people would be safer in a disaster than they are now. They would not be waiting for the government to come help them when the unexpected happened, but instead would have networked and prepared within their communities.

Anonymous said...

The author used the word correctly, as defined:
1) the complete absence of government
2) political disorder and violence; lawlessness
3) disorder in any sphere of activity

Anonymous said...

Consider all the hype and warnings about Hurricane Sandy heading for NYC, and ask yourself why there was ZERO fanfare or warning about Hurricane Erin.

Google "Hurricane Erin," check the date, and be STUNNED.

You're welcome.

"MeTarzan"

Marie said...

Anonymous (Nov 2 at 8:32am) said: "Use of the word anarchy in this case demonstrates a level of ignorance on the authors part. Before you use words you should understand there meaning. As soon as you used that word you alienated the readers who do understand the true meaning of anarchy."

This "Anonymous" who comments about the "authors" part (s.b. "author's") should have taken the time for him/herself to learn that "there meaning" should be "their meaning". He or she might like to ensure proper spelling and usage of his/her own before criticizing someone else. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, why Liberals so strongly believe that Government will be there in their time of need is oxymoron. Why they rely on one heat source for their homes & not have a home with a fireplace or pellet soapstone stove is amazing. Propane gas generators & at least 10 gallons of water per-person & food for at least a month. I hope they get their heads on straight from now on & LOVE thy Neighbor because you will need each other, your might depend on it....!

Corey said...

take away their guns and kill the unarmed like bush did in katrina.

wally said...

I am thankful for a good part of what you post! But there are Times, just like this post the truth is twisted a bit,you are starting to sound pro Republican or you are sponsored by the Republicans! Yes there are some folks picking food out of dumpsters, yes most of the gas stationa are not open, and yes the Republicans offered voting on military trucks! But Gov Christie said the May do the old method of voting, that would be Paper votes! Yes there are some scam artists out there, but no one is posing as Police or fema Robbing People at gun point! Your getting as bad as the Republican controlled media!

Anonymous said...

Where is your report on Staten Island which looks like Hiroshima after the bomb...not only were New Yorkers unprepared neither were the bureaucrats or Red Cross or the Humane Society...always the media asks for donations to the Red Cross which steals everything...never for the Salvation Army or the Humane Society..of course our President was well prepared...he flew off on his luxury AF1 and gorged on hamburgers and fries.

Anonymous said...

To all you arrogant fucks. When you live paycheck to paycheck and can barely get by, prepping is really out of reach. Just because you happen to be fortunate enough to afford hoarding, does not mean that everybody can.

JCII said...

REMEMBER: THIS STORM WAS MANUFACTURED AND STEERED AND IF YOU DIDN'T KNOW RHAT THEN DO SOME RESEARCH (HAARP, RAINCLOUD ROCKET ENGINE, ETC). THERE IS A LAWSUIT AGAINST "THEM" AND THEY HAVE PROOF.
The lack of prestaging, preparedness, and responce is DELIBERATE ALSO. And as one commenter pointed out a lot of the problems are being deliberately stirred up.
The synagogue of satan and their minions like to create such crisises to, among other things roadtest a militarized fascist police state and they are encouraging people to run wild.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"To all you arrogant fucks. When you live paycheck to paycheck and can barely get by, prepping is really out of reach. Just because you happen to be fortunate enough to afford hoarding, does not mean that everybody can.
"

Do the preppers have anything to do with a person's chosen level of acceptable income or spending habits & lifestyle? You cannot point blame at preppers for the value of your paycheck.

Terri

Anonymous said...

www.weathermodification.com

Have fun reading.

Anonymous said...

If there were real chaos, I wonder how long it would take for someone to take your bug out bag at gun point?

Anonymous said...

When Japan got the triple punch of an earthquake, a tsunami and a nuclear reactor meltdown, what was their response? Looting? Violence? No. They were stoic and patient and non-violent. We need also to look at ourselves and how WE are reacting to horrible events.

David said...

Sad deal. Don't come west we're out of room here too. All the while fukashima is
Dumpin' on us. You get used to soup and bread and walking and being wet all the time

Joe said...

"The author used the word [anarchy] correctly, as defined:"

I was waiting for someone to pop that one out. Okay Anonymous, fair call you think the author's definition is correct; if not anarchy, what is it that you call the state of a society where central government is either extremely small or non-existent, yet people succeed and thrive by being substantially independent, or co-operatively interdependent, and prepared for the unexpected, looking after themselves and each other if it happens? Check the references at the bottom of the Wikipedia article, don't just take the article at face-value.

Many would call the situation "descended into chaos" but the whole article smacks of a pro-big-government agenda, with the badly-veiled subtext being "Oh goodness-me, look how badly everyone behaves when there is no government intervention to look after their every need..."

Anonymous said...

Amazing how people's true colours come out in a crisis.....

Anonymous said...

I don't understand it. I bought a home on a pile of sand sticking out from the ocean and it flooded! The developer told me it was perfectly safe! Who knew that a house on an island could be destroyed by a storm?

This is all the government's fault. They need to make things right for me.

Anonymous said...

Prepping doesn't help much when your entire house washes away - or burns to the ground while standing in 3 feet of water.

Why didn't the bureaucrats have the damn gas mains shut off?

Anonymous said...

You people are fuc%ing lost without a clue... By all means keep voting in fake elections, bashing preppers who are now laughing at you, and can and will be fine and keep blaming others for your problems.. it is working out so well for you isint it... You cant fix stupid

Anonymous said...

What you describe here is nothing than American behaving like Americans. This is no different than what you people do to each other on a daily basis or what you do to others when you invade their countries and worse, much, much worse. Finally, you're getting a taste of your own medicine and savagery and you can't even blame the [fill in the blank] Mooslems, Arabs, Mexicuns, illegals, blacks, Communists, Socialists, Indians or whoever it is that you hate. Karma is a bitch and sweetest when the payback comes at your own hand.

Yeah!

Anonymous said...

There ya go. American exceptionalism at its best. Still, you have the audacity to criticize others for doing exactly what you do. Ain't hubris of empire something, eh?

Anonymous said...

JC11, I fully agree. People, please stop attacking each other (esp.those within 99%). This is EXACTLY what the Dark ones (within the 1%) -- to feed off your negative energy. STOP giving your power to these sad souls. Pull together and help each other out instead; and remember: thoughts create. So keep re-creating better/positive, no matter what circumstances you find yourself in, and that's what you get back. I've lived 2 1/2 weeks without electricity in dead of winter; you can too. And you can live on Light! Yes, just repeatedly breathe them in, every color of the rainbow. People have done it and still do!

Anonymous said...

Re: Anonymous:"I don't understand it. I bought a home on a pile of sand sticking out from the ocean and it flooded! The developer told me it was perfectly safe! Who knew that a house on an island could be destroyed by a storm? This is all the government's fault. They need to make things right for me." SERIOUSLY?

Anonymous said...

There's a lot of finger pointing going on... ultimately, we are all responsible for our own lives, for our own actions.

My hope is that most of those devastated by Sandy will to come together as a community to take care of each other; we know that (based on Katrina) the federal government is useless in a crisis - unless it's to kill you or take your guns away from you then they're rather prompt.

What we all need to work on is building stronger communities so that during events like Sandy we'll have a strong network to rely upon and to fall back on.

If you stop trying to cut each other throats and start helping each other, you'll see how much farther you get. It's about progress. Get to work.

Anonymous said...

I'm on the south shore of Long Island. Being prepared made all the difference in the world to my family. We have generators, we keep a decent supply of food anyway so we only made sure we had extra supplies for sandwiches (just in case), we have bottled water... snacks... full gas tanks in our cars, cleaned the yard up of potential projectiles and purchased extra diapers for the baby. I've left my house basically to see what's going on around me.... I still have not had to go to the store and I can't believe people are driving around, burning gas... looking for gas. This makes NO sense to me. They should be leaving the gas for those needing it for generators.. not burning what they have looking for more! There would be less chaos of more people prepared. In the case of those who's homes were destroyed... I feel for them... I really do. But in some cases, should they really have built that multi million dollar home on the edge of the rocky ledge a handful of feet above the powerful Atlantic ocean ? Now FEMA will pay them with our money - heard the town manager of Hampton Bay actually LAUGHING in an interview with news 12 LI the other day... about how he loves FEMA money. Others have saved their entire lives for a modest home within walking distance to the beautiful shoreline and never dreamed the Atlantic would actually come as far inland as it did. This was a storm that was everything they predicted it would be and more. I feel for these people and will do what I can to help. I will help clean up, and when the gas shortage is better, I'll take my truck and help them salvage what they can. I went through some things we no longer use and brought some things to the clothing and food drive... but other than that, I'll wait to join the chaos. Thankfully I'm warm... and dry.. and fed. My baby is sleeping nicely in a warm dry bed and a full belly. And to think I was laughed at as I calmly prepared for this vicious storm.

Robert Mulle said...

I just talked with my brother who lives on the south shore of Long Island in East Patchogue, NY. Aside from some minor damage to his roof his house is intact. He had no cell phone service for 3 days but that has been restored. Power was out but now back. There is a severe shortage of gasoline, long lines for fuel and stations running out of gas. He is a heavy equipment operator working 12 hours a day in Massapequa Park on the south shore of Long Island which was hard hit by flooding along with Long Beach, Sayville and Smith's Point Park all on the south shore. People's homes and lives destroyed by flooding, beaches washed away, tractor trailer loads of debris being collected and hauled away. Ocean Parkway inundated in several spots this is all verified by his own eyes. He has heard but does not know firsthand that Dune Rd. in the Hamptons also flooded in all the usual spots. It is a real disaster affecting real people. He has also heard some real horror stories from Staten Island and the south shore of Brooklyn and Queens. The clean-up will take some time and many homes and businesses have been ruined. Instead of pointing fingers and talking about how this occurred do something positive, donate some time and/or money to help your fellow citizens.

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