I'm stationed here in Staten Island
The military has brought in supplies - water and the like but only to one or two locations. Gas is also available for free at these locations with a
limit of some gallons. While other gas stations are still down due to electricity (unable to pump) or just tapped out, some of the major stops like
(A Sam's club-like wholesale store) is being restocked also by the military/government and you are able to purchase 10 gallons at a
time. Waiting periods depend on the time of day. Not as bad as they were before, and the fighting has settled down at the gas stops, but it's
typically taking a customer anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and a half to get their regiment of gasoline.
Water damage can be seen from neighborhood to neighborhood. Interestingly enough, "drinkable" water is available through the tap/faucet in nearly all
areas now, although the purity is highly debatable due to the multiple areas where pollution itself has stopped up the in-take pumps. It is not
available in bottle form in stores, just yet. Food is slowly returning. Meat is still hard to find, most are resorting to less-perishable sorts like
hot dogs and sausages. Fast food places are using up their stores and making a high profit.
Worries mostly right now are on being land-locked or unable to travel off, or even back on, to the island due to the very limited supply of fuel.
Electricity however, comes in first place. Many businesses are still closed, though most are trying diligently to reopen despite being undermanned. It
is getting colder here. Temperatures around 40 degrees F in areas not subjected to wind. Wind is still gusting occasionally, though. Branches, leaves,
debris are still to be seen everywhere and the garbage trucks are trying to catch up. Trash bags are piling up in front of nearly all homes, both
normal garbage and recyclables.
The hospitals are packed. Injuries are coupled with illnesses due to the insufficient food/water (dehydration) as well as stemming from the lowering
temperatures. This does not include normal causes for ER visits nor all of the cuts/bruises/broken bones situations. Waiting period to get into the
E.R. can be as long as 3-6 hours, with a wait thereafter to see the doctor for another 1-3 hours. Pharmacies are all on backorder for numerous types
Despite the difficulties, people here on the "forgotten island" (so named due to lack of outside aid) are slowly recovering it seems.
As for the storm coming next week, right after things have seemingly stabilized a bit, well... it couldn't possibly be coming at a worse
edit on 4-11-2012 by SoulVisions because: a spelling error