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TOTTENVILLE — They fly into disaster areas, but flee from raindrops.

FEMA disaster recovery centers in Hurricane Sandy-ravaged sections of the city that were supposed to provide shelter, food and assistance to hurricane victims went MIA Wednesday morning, posting signs saying that they were closed due to the approaching Nor’easter.

The shuttering of the assistance centers, as well as city food distribution centers come even as many of those still reeling from the monster storm were not told that they had to leave the battered areas.

On Tuesday, Mayor Bloomberg said that residents in the low-lying portions of Staten Island and the Rockaways were advised to leave ahead of the nor’easter, which could hit the city with 60 mph gusts and several inches of rain Wednesday afternoon, but that the evacuation was not mandatory like the one issued for all of Zone A ahead of Sandy.

The move led residents of the storm-ravaged areas fuming.

“The storm is coming. We don’t know how hard it’s going to hit us,” said Jenny Cartagena, 46, who found the FEMA center in Coney Island closed Wednesday. “I need some help now.”

The city’s food distribution centers, a lifeline for the thousands left without power, heat and water for more than a week, would only be operating until noon Wednesday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced.

In Staten Island, a printed paper sign taped to the front door of on the center at 6581 Hylan Blvd. at 10:30 a.m. read “FEMA Center Closed Due to Weather.”

The front doors of the disaster recovery center, which is housed inside the Mount Lorretto Catholic Youth Organization, were unlocked, but there was no staff anywhere in sight for at least a half an hour.

And a set of buses which served as a pair of warming centers at the site for the past several days were missing, according to non-FEMA volunteers who continued to hand out supplies from a nearby building despite the storm.

Volunteers at a nearby donation distribution center said the buses vanished on Wednesday.

“FEMA packed up and left,” said Louis Giraldi, 47, a volunteer handing out cleaning supplies to victims.

“We don’t know where they are, so there’s nothing here but us.”

The site is listed on FEMA’s list of NYC recovery centers, and was supposed to be open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The site was also included in the city’s list of warming facilities supposed to open at 9 a.m. on Wednesday at the site.

A FEMA R/V also sat empty next to the recovery center.



  1. J Frank Parnell

    November 7th, 2012

    We’re from the government and we’re here to help.

    Or not.

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  2. Dan Ryan Galt

    November 7th, 2012

    Reached for comment, Chris Matthews said,‘I’m so glad we’re having a storm this week’

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/11/07/chris-matthews-im-so-glad-we-had-that-storm-last-week-video/#ixzz2BaqtY7oi

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  3. aleon

    November 7th, 2012

    What the government giveth the government can taketh away.

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  4. Moe tom

    November 7th, 2012

    This is the new normal:
    FEMA: We’re closed because of the weather, come back when the sun is shining.

    Leon Panetta: (On Benghazi) We can’t put our troops in harms way they may get hurt.

    POTUS: Demetri please tell Vadimir I’ll have more flexibility after the election.

    The murders at Fort Hood. “workplace violence”

    Pelosi: We must pass the bill so we can see what’s in it.

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  5. Moe tom

    November 7th, 2012

    I have some friends in Pearl River and the Rockaways who would just love to meet Tingles Matthews. Now that would be a sight to behold

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  6. Commissar M

    November 7th, 2012

    Oh well, Bush isn’t president so this stuff just happens in isolation, with no one blamed and no cause and effect cited.

    It must be nice to live an existence where no matter how hard you screw people over, they not only forgive you but actually love you for it. I guess this is why people become leftists.

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  7. Xavier

    November 7th, 2012

    60 mph winds and heavy rains aren’t particularly threatening to a sound structure and FEMA’s had plenty of advance warning about the storm.

    Tar and feathers.

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  8. Kurt P

    November 7th, 2012

    Enjoy your new life NYC- you re-elected these clowns and gave them control over you.

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  9. Edith McCrotch

    November 7th, 2012

    So Bush gets blamed for the slow response AFTER Katrina and Obama gets re-elected and NO questions from the MSM for the response BEFORE a Nor’easter hitting an already devastated area of the country?

    I’ll give the “purple gummed one” 30 to 120 days before somebody takes a potshot at him.

    and it’ll be one of “his people”.

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  10. joe6pak

    November 7th, 2012


    Well said, but the list could go on and on.

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  11. Patricia

    November 8th, 2012

    This is a joke, right?

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  12. tucsondon

    November 8th, 2012

    The moral of this story is to be prepared to help yourself, don’t count on the government for anything but taxes and misery.

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  13. MAJ Mike

    November 8th, 2012

    Obama doesn’t like white people.

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  14. Xavier

    November 8th, 2012

    Everything was normal when I went to bed but when I woke up it was 1950 and I was in the USSR. What’s wrong with me, Doctor?

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  15. davey b

    November 8th, 2012

    ur still sober?

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  16. Anonymous

    November 9th, 2012

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  17. MaryfromMarin

    November 9th, 2012


    “Everything was normal when I went to bed but when I woke up it was 1950 and I was in the USSR. What’s wrong with me, Doctor?”

    Thanks–I need all the humor I can get these days.

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  18. MaryfromMarin

    November 9th, 2012

    My computer ate the “@X”! Maybe it’s redistributing my message.

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