Unions Impeding New Jersey’s Recovery From Hurricane Sandy

   Bookmark and Share  This is why unions suck.  As nearly a million people remain without power in storm ravaged New Jersey,  utility crews from throughout the country who have generously traveled to the Garden State to provide much needed assistance in the state’s recovery effort, have been told by crews in New Jersey that they can’t help because they are not union employees.

This is precisely why unions have become only slightly more popular than cancer.

While they once had a very necessary purpose that rightly protected the rights of workers, an endless array of federal and state laws have long since been enacted to serve that purpose and in most cases do.  However, nowadays unions are no longer fulfilling a need to protects workers rights, today they are serving the greed and desires of union bosses and mindless dues paying members who are more concerned with hoarding overtime pay for themselves than they are with the well being of the public who provide their salaries and whom they are suppose to be serving

Supporting this claim is the fact that here in New Jersey a utility crew from Huntsville Utilities out of Alabama was headed toward Seaside Heights, New Jersey, one of the hardest hit coastal communities to pounded by Hurricane Sandy.  But before they got there, New Jersey utility crews turned them away because their workers were non-union, and the New Jersey crews are only allowing unionized crews to assist.

If there was ever a better example of just how detrimental contemporary unions have become to our nation, this is it folks.

People are suffering here in New Jersey and yet unions are refusing to speed up the process that could at least alleviate some of that suffering because the people who are willing to help are not union members.

President Obama promised to do everything to make sure that no red tape got in the way of recovery efforts.  Well now is his chance to deliver on that promise.  Unions are in his back pocket.  The two are tighter than thieves when it comes to soaking the public for all their worth.  So perhaps now is a good time for the President to use his influence and denounce the reprehensible and irresponsible conduct of unions.  Because right now  his union buddies are strangling the millions of people in New Jersey suffering in the wake of Hurricane Sandy with the same red tape he promised to cut through.

And by the way, Governor Christie isn’t off the hook on this either.  His big mouth is more than large enough to address this issue loudly and clearly, and if he doesn’t… there is no reason why someone else can’t be given the Republican nomination for Governor next year.

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Hurricane Sandy Alert Related to the Election

Bookmark and Share If you have put up lawn signs, please be sure to take these signs down before the storm hits. That includes any signs you put up along roadways and at intersections.  First of all, these signs can become dangerous projectiles in high winds.  Second, they will be destroyed by the storm and their purpose will be defeated.  So time permitting, please take down any signs you are responsible for having put up.  This will reduce the amount of risk for damage  during the storm, and it will reduce the amount of debris that will undoubtedly have to be removed after the storm.  Once the storm has passed and all public safety concerns have been addressed, you can put them back up.

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Hurricane Sandy Alert: White House 2012 and Millions More Will Be Affected

Bookmark and Share  While White House 2012 has contributors throughout the nation, yours truly lives in Ocean County, New Jersey.  This is an area that is just a few miles North of where the center of the storm is currently expected to come in land.  This means the area I am in is expected to be bearing the brunt of the worst aspects of the storm’s winds and tidal surges. While I am not personally confronted with any profound threats for the storm, like millions of others I anticipate great inconveniences as a result of the damaging effects of the storm, specifically in the area of electrical power.  So needless to say, at some point during and after the storm, I anticipate being without power and will most likely be unable to post anything to White House 2012 for extended period of time.

Of course that is not the main concern here.  In the event of such storm related damage, I just want readers to understand what is responsible for the lack of activity on White House 2012.   But the real concern here is for the 60 million people who will be effected by Sandy.

Please take all precautions available to you between now and early this evening.  From the period of Sunday night and beyond, Sandy will be losing some of the characteristics that would technically define it as a hurricane and turning into a superstorm which will maintain hurricane force winds and rains, but over a much broader area than hurricanes ususally do and for a much longer period of time than hurricanes typically do.  Currently the storm’s effects are projected to extend for 1,000 miles from it’s center.   It is also expected to last for at least 36 hours, in varying degrees of strength.

For updated public advisories on the storm, please listen to your local NOAA radio station here.

This storm is not something which anyone who will be affected by it can take lightly.  From flooding of those who live along the shores of all the the Great Lakes where winds are expected too generate waves as high as 22 feet, to the people living on the shores of the ocean, inlets and bays of the Mid-Atlanitc and New England, to the people living in the mountainous interior of West Virginia where more than two feet of snow is expected to fall, this storm will be life threatening and when it comes to property, it is expected to produce a billion dollars in damages.

So all those who will be experiencing this storm are being strongly advised to take it seriously.  Please stock up on necessities and realize that once the storm has passed, many people still will not have access to roads that could be blocked by flood waters, storm debris and dangerous downed electrical power lines.  If you are anywhere within the range of the storms effects, please take a moment to review the important information below that you should at least consider.

Storm Preparedness:

First; as a political website, I would like to remind political activists of something that national sources do not typically call to the public’s attention.

If you have put up  lawn signs for your favorite candidates, time permitting, please take them down before the storm hits.  While your efforts are appreciated, in a storm like this, those good efforts could turn into a dangerous situation that could see the storm’s strong winds turn those signs turn in to dangerous projectiles.  Furthermore, leaving these signs up during the storm will will do no one anyone good.  Not only will they be destroyed and unreadable in the days immediately leading up to the election, they will only add to debris that will have to be cleaned up at the storm.  That aside, please not all of the following;

Two keys to weather safety are to prepare for the risks and to act on those preparations when alerted by emergency officials. These are essential pieces to the Weather-Ready Nation.

Refer to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) ready.gov/hurricanes for comprehensive information on hurricane preparedness at home and in your community.

Highlights on how to prepare and take action are available below:

Gather Information

Know if you live in an evacuation area. Assess your risks and know your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind. Understand National Weather Service forecast products and especially the meaning of NWS watches and warnings.

Contact your local National Weather Service office and local government/emergency management office. Find out what type of emergencies could occur and how you should respond.

Contacts

Keep a list of contact information for reference.

  • Local Emergency Management Office
  • County Law Enforcement
  • County Public Safety Fire/Rescue
  • State, County and City/Town Government
  • Local Hospitals
  • Local Utilities
  • Local American Red Cross
  • Local TV Stations
  • Local Radio Stations
  • Your Property Insurance Agent

Risk Analysis

Online hazard and vulnerability assessment tools are available to gather information about your risks.

Plan & Take Action

Everyone needs to be prepared for the unexpected. Your friends and family may not be together when disaster strikes. How will you find each other? Will you know if your children or parents are safe? You may have to evacuate or be confined to your home. What will you do if water, gas, electricity or phone services are shut off?

Supplies Kit

Put together a basic disaster supplies kit and consider storage locations for different situations. Help community members do the same.

Emergency Plans

Develop and document plans for your specific risks.

Health & Environment

Follow guidelines to guard your community’s health and protect the environment during and after the storm.

Evacuation

  • Review the FEMA Evacuation Guidelinesto allow for enough time to pack and inform friends and family if you need to leave your home. FOLLOW instructions issued by local officials. Leave immediately if ordered!
  • Consider your protection options to decide whether to stay or evacuate your home if you are not ordered to evacuate. <!–
  • Determine multiple safe evacuation routes inland.
  • Keep copies of important papers such as identification and insurance policies with you.

When waiting out a storm be careful, the danger may not be over yet…

Be alert for:

  • Tornadoes – they are often spawned by hurricanes.
  • The calm “eye” of the storm – it may seem like the storm is over, but after the eye passes, the winds will change direction and quickly return to hurricane force.

Recover

  • Wait until an area is declared safe before returning home.
  • Remember that recovering from a disaster is usually a gradual process.

Resources

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