Where's Anderson Cooper when you need him?
The press, which was very interested in FEMA's failures in New Orleans during the Bush administration, seems much less interested in the severe conditions post-Sandy in parts of Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. I keep getting calls for volunteers to help rescue elderly storm victims from high-rise apartment buildings without heat or power. The gas lines are still long, at the few stations that have gas. And a lot of the shelters seem to be relying on volunteer staff to deal with people who may have some serious health issues.
The press seems mildly interested in faulting the utility companies for their response to the storm, but the whole "heck of a job Brownie" feeding frenzy that occurred post-Katrina is absent here. I wasn't in New Orleans so it is hard to compare directly, but from what I gather here, it is certainly no picnic at all post-Sandy, either.
Update: This YouTube video gives a sense of the situation: