As a survivor of hurricane Ike that struck the Houston/Galveston area on the morning of September 13, 2008, I can defintely understand what Sandy survivors are going through. I had just had surgery on my arm 2 days before and had planned to evacuate to Dallas, but because of scheduling issues at work I could not get out of the city in time. I had planned on leaving by noon on the 12th but could not get away until nearly 4:00pm.
A check of the evacuation routes showed that the highways were at a stand still in my area and I felt the better choice was to stay and ride it out instead of being caught on the highway when the storm comes ashore. Luckily I survived but it was one of the most trying storm experiences of my life. I was without power for nearly 7 days and fuel for 2 days and I was one of the lucky ones.
Thankfully, Mayor Bill White (God Bless him) did a fantastic job and the city recovered fairly quickly. That's not to say that everyone got back to normal quickly. At the 2 year mark there were still people trying to get their life back to pre-storm conditions but given the enormity of the storm I have to say that I'm not surprised.
We were able to get fuel fairly soon, but we didn't have to worry about the cold weather. Sandy survivors have a much more pressing need for fuel. The cold weather season is upon us and many have only generators to run space heaters. I haven't seen our Big Oil companies stepping up to the plate here.
The largest company in the world is, so far, missing in action on helping their fellow Americans survive the aftermath of hurricane Sandy. The battered states and it's traumatize survivors are in dire need of fuel and the logistics to get it there.
If any company can afford to step in and help it's Exxon-Mobil, but where are they. I just checked their Twitter page and here's their most recent tweets:
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Exxon Mobil Corporation announces estimated third quarter 2012 results http://exxonmobil.co/YrmurP
Our East Providence, Everett & Springfield terminals have returned to normal operations following Hurricane Sandy http://exxonmobil.co/SBhVJD
Exxon Mobil Corporation declares fourth quarter dividendhttp://exxonmobil.co/QUEUhA
We are closely monitoring Hurricane Sandy and have prepared for severe weather in the northeast and mid-Atlantichttp://exxonmobil.co/SBhVJD
I would like to ask you all to send a note, tweet, email, phone call or smoke signals to the worlds biggest, most profitable company and kindly ask do they plan to DONATE fuel to those cold, shivering Americans in dire need of their specialty.
Thanks you in advance for your help and caring.