Reporting and technical writing. Tuesday - Sep 21, 2021

My Free FEMA Gas story on City Limits

On Sat., Nov. 3, 2012, New Yorkers flocked to get free gas provided by FEMA personnel, days after Superstorm Sandy.

I saw huge fuel trucks, protected by Army guards and police officers, roll through my Crown Heights neighborhood so I captured the story. I give credit to my wife who is usually an entertainment journalist but always a true reporter so she was actually on the ball faster than me. We dashed home to grab our cameras, pads and recorders, in time to record plenty of material.

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Gallery of images taken at the scene.

If I could do it all over again I would record more of the smiling faces and celebration dances to help depict more of the positive atmosphere at the scene. Of course there was confusion, frustration, raised voices and a scrum or two, but personally, I applaud the citizens for being orderly and self-organizing in ways that helped the cops and soldiers who were also doing a fairly good job considering the unprecedented circumstances. The story, Confused and Frustrated in Line for ‘Obama Gas’ is up on City Limits.

I also plotted on a quick map all the NYC locations where FEMA set up free fuel stations:

View Free FEMA Gas NYC in a larger map