Maryland Sens. Barb Mikulski and Ben Cardin pressed for President Obama and FEMA to reverse their decision to deny federal aid to Marylanders left without habitable homes in the wake of superstorm Sandy. Mikulski called those affected “the 2 percent that go to war and fight for America;” Cardin pointed out that a whopping 32 percent of residents of the hard-hit Crisfield live below the poverty line and simply cannot get back on their feet without help.
You may have considered superstorm Sandy effectively a no-show after the weather system fell short of its destructive hype, but it still did $27 million worth of damage in Maryland — including “significantly damag[ing]” something like 48 homes.
Guys, no one is talking about anything but this storm. And I’m not just talking about Facebook and Twitter. I mean major news outlets. It’s even crowding out entertainment news. And as much as this is a significant and potentially historic weather event, the coverage is devolving. Add this post to the list of desperate pieces looking to wring one more “story” from Frankenstorm.
Sure, there’s some kind of controversy over elections in the Ukraine; the Steelers have these new really ugly throwback uniforms; the United States Department of Energy unveiled a new supercomputer; but none these stories involve torrential rains and high winds so who cares? I mean does learning about these stories involve looking at a map of the US with a big, colorful swirl moving over it? Didn’t think so. Not interested.
I have never felt so fully aware of a storm as I am of Frankenstorm Sandy, thanks to the constant barrage of fear-inducing messages from every news company and social media venue. But now that school’s been cancelled all over Baltimore, I realized that the kind of hurricane prep that involves stockpiling peanut butter and toilet paper neglects one very important thing: what are you going to do when you’re stuck at home all day? Some suggestions: