It's an odd time to be coercing union membership.
I guess they really need the union dues
Saturday before Sandy hit the East coast we filled up our car, topped of generator got kerosene for heater and refilled gas cans in preparation for power outages.
Only lost power for about 10 seconds... go figure.
@ Hawkeye sorry for the inappropriate remark. I have some very close friends who have been affected by the storm ( all that's left of their homes is the foundation). Normally I would not have replied, just a bad day. Again, my apologies.
I own a house and rent out rooms to quite a few friends. I made sure everyone gassed up their vehicles, and topped off all of my gas cans and both of my generators. I charged all my deep cycle batteries and tested my inverter. I spent an entire day cleaning out gutters, taking out sketchy looking trees, chopping firewood, etc etc.
I am sure quite a few people were screwed over beyond what they ever thought possible. I'm sure quite a few people burned through their gas supplies keeping their generators running. I am far more sure that so many of these people standing in line for gasoline didn't have more than the gas that was in their generator, if they have one at all. I also see quite a few people sitting in a massive SUV with a 20 gallon tank talking about how much they need gasoline. How much do you drive? Even at 10 MPG (gridlock NYC) I expect 200 miles of range. How are you putting that many miles on a car in the city?
I am very sure that my little garrison would still be fine if we didn't have any source of new food or gasoline. Even if a tree had fallen on the house, we would have had that thing cut up and have the roof covered with tarps and plywood by now.
I'm not going to bash the people who lost it all. Especially those who headed the call to evacuate. I am bashing the people who didn't prepare for what many is just an extended power outage.
I'm a nuclear engineer who works in the energy sector, every single person who rents from me is an engineer. We all agree that our grid can come down at any moment. Is it really too much to ask for people to keep a few cans of stabilized gasoline laying about?