Clueless Bloomberg on Sandy 911 Chaos: “The technology functioned perfectly”

Posted by on Nov 20, 2012 at 7:52 am

The most out of touch man on the planet again shoves both feet in his mouth. Has there ever been a moment when he didn’t, just out of guilt, admit the failure of something under his command? Really, is anyone going to necessarily fault him if things didn’t run seamlessly during he chaotic hours when Sandy whacked the New York area?

Mayor Bloomberg yesterday insisted that the city’s 911 system “functioned perfectly” during Hurricane Sandy — despite evidence of unanswered calls, clueless operators and deaths of people who couldn’t get help in time.

“The technology functioned perfectly,” Bloom-berg bizarrely said yesterday during a question-and-answer session. “Are you ever going to have enough operators to take all the calls when all of a sudden, everybody’s calling? No, of course not.

“We spent $1 billion to make sure we had the right technology.”

How’d that work out?

The 911 system is supposed to be able to handle 50,000 calls per hour, according to official claims, and there were about 20,000 calls per hour when Sandy hit on Oct. 29.

Hizzoner even accused people of clogging the lines with non-emergency calls — as their houses filled with water.

“If you call 911 and it’s not an emergency you’re taking away from that operator the ability to answer someone else’s need, which may, in fact, be life threatening,” he said.

“The technology we put together so we direct the emergency needs to the right places worked perfectly.”

One Midland Beach, Staten Island, resident — who was scolded by a 911 operator for not evacuating even as floodwaters approached his neck — might disagree with the mayor’s assessment.

“You need to look for a raft or something to get floating because if the water’s already up to your chest and it’s a one-story house, where are you going to go?,” the operator said, records show.

“Well, I was hoping you might help with that,” the distressed man replied.

Moments later, he told the operator he heard yelling outside.

“Yeah, OK. Yell back. Let them know that you’re there. Bye-bye,” the operator said, then hung up.

Of course if there was better preparation so many wouldn’t have been caught in desperate situations, but again this was an unprecedented event for most of these folks in low-lying areas. Still, three weeks later things are just getting back to normal, especially for Bloomberg. He’s as smug and condescending as ever.

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6 Responses to “Clueless Bloomberg on Sandy 911 Chaos: “The technology functioned perfectly””

  1. CharlieBrown'sDildo on 20/20/12 at 9:26 am

    You can’t appreciate every nuance of Bloomberg’s idiocy until you drive in New York City. He has added bike lanes, pedestrian malls, no turns for blocks and blocks, and many other “improvements,” all in the name of some grand plan to remake new York.

    The reality is that traffic in New York is horrendous because of his arrogance and hubris. The total number of cars on the streets is down, yet delays have increased. I wonder why?

  2. ClydeS on 20/20/12 at 2:01 pm

    Here in Florida, when a hurricane is coming, if people are told to evacuate, they are also told that if they choose to stay in endangered areas that NO HELP will be coming during the storm itself. It is too dangerous to potential rescuers to have them out driving in high winds, and most bridges close when wind speeds reach 50 mph, which is far below hurricane strength. You can call 911 all you want, but the truth is, no help will be available until after the winds die down. If you are foolish enough to remain in an area likely to get 10 feet of storm surge, then they’ll pluck you off your roof or recover your body, depending on how lucky you are.

    We all know this. Why didn’t the folks in the Northeast?

  3. Tennwriter on 20/20/12 at 4:33 pm

    1. Such storms happen fairly rarely in the far north.
    2. City dwellers, by lack of experience, tend to be less in tune with the awesome power of Mother Nature as they live in an insulating man-made cocoon most of the time.
    3. City dwellers, by nature, tend to be less competent. All you need in the city is one paying skill and the ability to phone for paying help (laundry, delivery Chinese, etc. etc.)
    4. Voting for leadership based on nonsensical reasons is, as Mayor Ray Nagel demonstrated, a very bad idea. You want ‘good men in a storm’ who also are ‘belt and suspendors’ preparation type guys.

  4. George B on 20/20/12 at 11:23 pm

    “The 911 system is supposed to be able to handle 50,000 calls per hour, according to official claims, and there were about 20,000 calls per hour when Sandy hit on Oct. 29.”

    So was the 911 system incapable of handling 50,000 calls an hour or were 911 operators incapable of handling the volume of calls even though the telephone system worked?

    When I read the 9/11 report I came to the conclusion that firemen died in part because they made mistakes in how they used or didn’t use a functional two-way radio systems combined with a no plan to relay the evacuate order from floor to floor.