While everyone is grateful to the police and fire personnel and other government workers working on disaster recovery after Sandy, in my New York City neighborhood it's hard to escape the examples of the way that the private sector is in some ways more resilient and quicker to re-open than the public sector. The Barnes & Noble bookstore was open Wednesday, for example, while public libraries were closed. Private schools are re-opening Thursday and Friday and in some cases were open Wednesday, while public schools are remaining closed Thursday and Friday. Again, this is not to say that the government has no role in disaster recovery, or to be critical of the government response, just to point out that the incentives of the private sector and the flexibility afforded by organizations that operate on smaller scale than those of the city government in some cases yield results that are more responsive to customers' needs.
Private Disaster Recovery