Sandy did exactly what everyone said she would do. She hit and now everyone is picking up the pieces. I, like most of America, was glued to my TV and social media for microsecond updates so I could follow the devastation – most factual and some fiction (3 feet of water on the NY stock exchange). For as amazing as I think social media is, we still have some lessons to learn.
During my monitoring of social media (a.k.a. obsession) I kept reading updates from Americans stating that those who did not evacuate when instructed were “on their own.” No tax payer money should go to help rescue people who did not evacuate when instructed to. I kept reading status up date after tweet stating this over and over again. You don’t follow directions, you are on your own people. It was an ultimatum the same way I gave one to my six year old this week, “pick up your toys or they are mine from now on.”
So, here we are America. There are about 60 people who are on Fire Island that didn’t evacuate when instructed. They are stranded with contaminated water and no electricity. So now what America? They didn’t evacuate. Do we just leave them there? According to what seemed like the masses to me on social media, the American people who pay taxes seem to think so.
I would really like to hear from some of those same people today. Do you feel the same way now that you know there are actual people stranded in very serious danger. They could die. Americans could know that other Americans are in trouble and yet we sit back and do nothing, because they didn’t follow orders.
Just think about it. I believe they are trying to rescue the people right now. Do you think that is a good idea? It is your taxpayer money. It’s easy to say these things until you are actually faced with the situation. How many times have you heard tornado sirens and not actually gone to the basement? How many times have you heard a fire alarm and not evacuated a building? Are these the same things? Why or why not?
For all those recovering from Sandy – I wish you well. My heart breaks seeing the devastation. For those stranded on Fire Island, I hope you are rescued soon.