Hurricane Sandy: The Stand - November 2, 2012

Hurricane Sandy: The StandI’ve been watching a lot of Anderson Cooper 360, lately.  The devastation of Hurricane Sandy is like watching the real version of Deep Impact.  Staten Island was one of the boroughs hit the hardest.  Families are still left without food, water and warmth.  Reports are saying the power could be out for another nine days.  Forget about the people walking across the bridge to work.  These people are waiting for basic, survival goods.

 

Through the devastation, there are stories of good and evil acts.  Some folks are joining hands and fighting for survival together.  Some folks, who were fortunate not to be affected, are lending a hand to those in need.  And, some folks, well, their true colors are shining through.  Or, lack there of, since black isn’t even a color.

 

If you’ve ever read Stephen King’s The Stand, there are two groups that form: Randall Flagg followers (evil) and the Free Zone (good).  In the Hurricane Sandy “Free Zone”, we have nurses like Margot Condon, whose video has gone viral this week, pumping air into a newborn outside NYU hospital, due to a generator fail.  On Anderson Cooper 360, she said it was harder to be on camera with him, then to sustain the newborns life because “that was her job”.

 

Medical students and good Samaritans lit up the stairs with flashlights, as they carefully transported 19 babies to safety.  This is the kind of story that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  I’m munching on Halloween candy because I’m a sap.

 

In the Sandy “Randall Flagg” corner, we have a man who “reportedly” didn’t help Glenda Moore when she was pounding on his door asking for help.  As she was trying to escape Staten Island with her two young boys, only 2 and 4, her car got stuck.  She managed to unbuckle the kids, but the current from the rainfall and flooding swept them away.

 

She knocked on a man’s door, who at the time of the Anderson Cooper 360 episode wouldn’t give his name.  He wouldn’t help her.  He wouldn’t even open the door.  This is what Ms. Moore’s sister is telling the press, so there is some speculation as to whether the story is 100% true.  When Anderson 360 interviewed the man, he said that only a man knocked on his door, so he didn’t help him.  He also said, “Besides, what was I supposed to do in my flip flops and shorts?”

 

In my opinion, the guy looked as guilty as my kid when she says she wiped her butt or washed her hands.  He is covering up his actions.  He won’t even offer up his last name.  What is he worried about, if he didn’t do anything wrong?

 

First, this was a woman asking for help during a terrible storm, not a man with a machete on Halloween night.  Second, his house was still dry inside.  Why didn’t he have any other shoes to wear or long pants?  Third, couldn’t he have knocked on a few other doors, banded together with some other neighbors and spent at least ten minutes looking for the boys?

 

This leads me to the question at hand, what would you do in a natural disaster, if someone knocked on your door and asked for help?  Would you be worried about your food rations?  Would you be worried about the safety of your kids, if you have them?  Would you try to help and risk your own life?  Or, do the answers to these questions scare you too much to answer them?

 

I’m munching on Halloween candy because I’m appalled by this man’s actions.  Anderson Cooper 360 gives me a sugar rush.

 

  1. Love the book the Stand…and I’d like to believe I’d be on the “good” side. After all, I do volunteer with my church and recently I did one of those “counter-protest” human shields when that whack job Westboro church came to protest a local soldier’s funeral…but then I ask myself, ‘Would I open my door to a stranger in the midst of chaos?’ There’s something about that that seems frightening–we’ve been told our whole lives not to let strangers in!
    Still, I hope I would…my brother and his family are in NY; if someone refused to help them, I would be insane with rage. I can’t imagine that I wouldn’t respond to a person in need–particularly a MOTHER needing help for her children. But it scares me that I’m not SURE…that I can’t be sure until I’m tested. Will be thinking about this for awhile…

    Comment by Kimberly — November 2, 2012 @ 12:25 pm
  2. I’ve watched too much of Dateline and too many horror movies, but I’d like to think under most circumstances (maybe not a man with a hook hand or a machete), I would open the door and at least try to help. It was a woman screaming about her lost children!

    Comment by Mommy Unmuted — November 2, 2012 @ 12:31 pm
  3. It’s a terrible tragedy and that family will forever feel the loss of their little boys. As for the lowlife who couldn’t bring himself to help another human being during a time of need, he’ll get his. His time will come. Karma is a bitch and GOD will have his way.

    If someone had knocked on my door distressed saying their children had been swept away we would have done all we could.
    The best we could do in this storm was house some refugees from the east side. At one point there were 4 extra bodies sprawled on or floor :)

    Comment by Molley Mills — November 3, 2012 @ 8:20 am
  4. I cannot even imagine the heartbreak of that poor mama. I can’t. And to think that she begged help, but flipflops prevented it? We were at the park on time, and a grandma couldn’t find her grandson … not the same situation by any means, but the fact that I was wearing flipflops didn’t stop me from wading across the creek to see if he had wandered to the other side. Appalling. People will be tested. We all are … daily. In big ways and small … and Mommy Unmuted is right, God will have his way. We are called to serve each other. Not make excuses.

    Comment by gomerrilymary — November 3, 2012 @ 5:49 pm
  5. Whoops. Comment by Molley is right …

    Comment by gomerrilymary — November 3, 2012 @ 5:50 pm
  6. I truly hope what comes around does go around in this case. I hope this story gets out there and he is ostracized for his actions. And, I think you are wonderful for taking in the refugees from the east side :)

    Comment by Mommy Unmuted — November 3, 2012 @ 6:05 pm
  7. People are tested in disasters and accidents all of the time. I think the fact that so many people are showing compassion for this story gives me hope that he is not in the majority by any measure.

    Comment by Mommy Unmuted — November 3, 2012 @ 6:09 pm
  8. I was just going to try to fix that, but I’ll leave it since you added a comment :)

    Comment by Mommy Unmuted — November 3, 2012 @ 6:11 pm
  9. This is where getting your news from multiple sources come in handy. The events that were shown on CNN do not match other news sources or police reports. So before everyone jumps on this man, please check your facts.

    Comment by LIna — November 3, 2012 @ 6:49 pm
  10. There is far more good in the world than there is evil. But there can be no good without the presence of its opposite. Great post and I <3 Anderson C.

    Comment by Lucy — November 4, 2012 @ 12:12 pm
  11. @Llna, I agree, that’s why I said “reportedly” within my post as well as:

    This is what Ms. Moore’s sister is telling the press, so there is some speculation as to whether the story is 100% true.

    I have searched for a police report and have been unable to find one. So, if you have additional facts please send them my way. Ms. Moore has since supported the story. As far as I know, this is still one woman’s word (Ms. Moore) against another man’s word (Alan, the man who claims it was a man who knocked on his door).

    Comment by Mommy Unmuted — November 4, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

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