Yesterday morning I awoke to my phone ringing – the caller ID said “Home”.
“Why aren’t you in church?” I asked, confused as to why my family was calling me from home during their normal church hours.
“Have you not been watching the news?” replied my little brother. “There is this hurricane all up the east coast, you know. It’s called Irene.“
An hour later they called me back to tell me the flood evacuation sirens were sounding. A local sheriff had knocked on their door and told them to evacuate. To head for higher ground. In fact, most of the entire county was told to evacuate. Over 24 hours later, most people have still not been able to return to their homes…or at least, what’s left of their homes…
If you watched the national news and saw coverage of the hurricane you probably heard some reporter saying, “Everything is OK – people definitely over-prepared, this storm was no where near as bad as it could have been.”
If you watched coverage of the storm in New York, you probably heard Governor Cuomo say, “Great job, New Yorkers, you really pulled together and made it through this!” And by New Yorkers, he means New York City New Yorkers. Because the rest of New York has not made it through this yet.
If you watched this news, you probably didn’t hear that over 200 National Guard personnel are in Schoharie County, providing rescue, assessing the damage, enforcing Martial law, and keeping news crews (and everyone else) out. You probably did not see this: