posted on Nov, 12 2012 @ 01:32 PM
Is this the same as the tent city they put up in Monmouth Park, NJ ? They called it "Camp Freedom" and were given ID cards and had guards at every
door and had to show ID to even use the washroom. They were also kept in the cold in these tents. It seems they tried shutting off wifi and not
allowing them to charge thier phones, perhaps in order to keep the conditions under wraps.
Sandy refugees say life in tent city feels like
Disaster shelter doesn't protect from bitter
Inside the giant billowy white tents, the massive klieg lights glare down from the ceiling all night long. The air is loud with the buzz of generators
pumping out power. The post-storm housing — a refugee camp on the grounds of the Monmouth Park racetrack - is in lockdown, with security guards at
every door, including the showers.
No one is allowed to go anywhere without showing their I.D. Even to use the bathroom, "you have to show your badge," said Amber Decamp, a
22-year-old whose rental was washed away in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. FEMA has plans to bring trailers into New Jersey to increase the amount of
While FEMA is helping at the tent city, it is being run by the state of New Jersey. The state's Department of Human Services did not immediately
return calls seeking comment on Saturday morning.
Sabol was told that she had half an hour to pack: everyone was getting shipped to hotels in Wildwood, New Jersey, where they would be able to
re-acquaint themselves with showers, beds and a door.
After four hours, the bus driver pulled into a dirt parking lot. The passengers were expecting a hotel with heat and maybe even a restaurant. Instead
they saw a mini city of portable toilets and voluminous white tents with their flaps snapping in the wind. Inside, they got sheets, a rubbery pillow,
a cot and one blanket. There was no heat that night, and as temperatures dropped to freezing, people could start to see their breath. The gusts of
wind blew snow and slush onto Sabol's face as her cot was near the open tent flaps. She shivered. Her hands turned purple.
As Sotelo tells it, when it became clear the residents were less than enamored with their new accommodations Wednesday night and were letting the
outside world know about it, officials tried to stop them from taking pictures, turned off the Wi-Fi and said they couldn't charge their cellphones
because the complex didn't have enough power.
. After everyone started complaining and they found out we were contacting the press, they brought people in. Every time we plugged in an iPhone or
something, the cops would come and unplug them. Yet when they moved us in they laid out cable on the table and the electricians told us they were
setting up charging stations. But suddenly there wasn't enough power."
It looks like they ended up moving people into the grandstand of the race track according to this article:
People at Monmouth Park shelter will be moved
About 155 people sheltered in the so-called “Camp Freedom” in the Monmouth Park racetrack parking lot were scheduled to be moved indoors to the
track’s grandstand Friday, a Red Cross spokeswoman said.
Red Cross volunteers set up more than 200 cots in the main floor area of the grandstand by early Friday afternoon. People in the shelter will have
access to indoor toilets, showers and laundry facilities, as well as the Monmouth Cafe concession area within the grandstand, Bowden said.
Looks like they are being very secretive and turning off power to avoid people sending pictures or information about this camp "Freedom" to the
media. sounds pretty crazy. And being taken their by bus without being told about it is kind of underhanded. What if these people may have had other
plans, or wanted to contact family and friends and leave the area ? It seems like they may be having some of these people their against their will.
Can you leave this camp if you want ? Its not that being in a camp like that would be totally bad, but on the other hand it seems pretty meager. No
medical personnel, and minimal food, clothing and shelter. It pretty much is what most people have expected a FEMA camp would like like,, at least for
now there is some legitimacy to this. Hopefully these people are not trapped their for too long, Also hopefully they can leave soon. In fact they
should be allowed to leave at any time. The lack of media reporting on this accurately is also a bit bothersome. Mind you the media doesn't report
facts or provide enough information in general anymore at all anyways. What a mess.