Update for November 2012
Friday, November 30, 2012 11:30pm EST
Headed to Phoenix in the morning. Looking forward to some relaxation while I am there.
Thursday, November 22, 2012 7:30am EST
I have just been informed by SCWA that the water is now drinkable in The Pines, Cherry Grove, Point o’ Woods and Ocean Bay Park. Happy Thanksgiving everyone, we have a lot to give thanks for this year. I will be in the Grove on Saturday once again performing post Sandy recovery work. This time there will be a crew to reinstall the fire alarm pull box stations that were damaged on Lewis from Aeon to Ivy when the utility pole snapped.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 8am EST
Great article on the dunes in Fire Island in the New York Times. Power is now fully restored to the grid in Cherry Grove. We finished that on Sunday. Saturday since it was late, they got the main feed up and the 3-phase down Holly working so the firehouse and water station would have power. Then we came back on Sunday and energized all of the walks and turned on the transformers. Almost 3 weeks without power there. But on the good side, I learned more about electrical grids and power lines than I ever wanted to know. LOL
Friday, November 15, 2012 8:30am EST
Headed back to Fire Island tomorrow for more damage assessment. Going to be about 50 degrees so that will be a nice weekend for November. Have to come up with detailed damage assessment of our boardwalks and beach access points. Hopefully we will have some news about restoration of power to Cherry Grove soon.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 12pm EST
Stopped for the first time since Hurricane Sandy and got gas. Still had a bit above 1/4 of a tank. Waited about 10-15 minutes in line at Shell just over here at Hwy 17 and Franklin. Took a bit longer because the station was in the middle of shift change at 7am. But was fine. Now I have a full tank. Last night, our Syosset, Long Island facility had commercial power returned but now it is lightly snowing here in Teterboro as a new storm comes to visit. Thank goodness on the other side of this storm I hear it is going to be warmer. Everyone around here happy with the election results last night. And the fact that it did not drag on for days like the Gore/Bush mess in 2000.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 11:20pm EST - Election Day
Obama reelected as President. The west coast pushed him over the Electoral College limit of 270 after Ohio was called for him. Ok, I can sleep. Have been a bit under the weather with all of the SANDY recovery work and just run down from all of the hours.
Saturday, November 3, 2012 1pm EDT - REMEMBER TO SET CLOCK BACK TONIGHT
Odd/even gas rationing now in effect in NJ. I had an odd number so I will not be able to fill up until Monday since the lines are terrible today. Rationing only went into effect at noon today. Hopefully that will help but this should all be a memory in a few days. I still have 1/2 a tank of gas.
Saturday, November 3, 2012 4am EDT
I received an email indicating the Chief and several others are headed out to Fire Island today (Saturday). I received it very late to make arrangements and I only have 1/2 tank of fuel which is a high demand item here right now that I do not need to be wasting just to see the island. Not sure there is much I could do at the fire house anyway. I think if fuel would not have been an issue, I might have gone. Maybe next weekend when more normalcy has returned. The fuel situation should resolve itself as panic buying goes down as more stations open with the return of the power. I have seen fuel tankers on the roads so I know supply is going out. They say that a large percentage of the fuel depot in this area are still without power. Thus even if a station has power, it might be high and dry with no product to see.
Friday, November 2, 2012 9am EDT - My email update out to people
Cherry Grove did very well when compared to
the rest of Fire Island. Only 1
telephone pole damaged (as seen below).
There was a fire in Ocean Beach yesterday but
it was knocked down in 20 minutes and crews on scene kept it from getting out of
hand and spreading. With little
water in the mains it was difficult. Water
has been returned to some communities on the west side of Fire Island but it is
NOT APPROVED FOR DRINKING. I hear
there is a new inlet on the east side of The Pines.
The east access to Fire Island is now closed indefinitely. LIPA is almost
done with their assessment of the communities and they are really happy with how
well the island held up over all. They
have finished their primary line inspection (that is the highest wire on the
pole, the Primary line which powers the transformers)
They are still working on the secondary inspection.
Command has been established at the Kismet Fire House.
There is no phone, internet and sketchy cellular service there.
But a workable road in for those with appropriate ID.
The bay and island is being patrolled by Coast Guard, NYS and Suffolk
County police since Fire Island is off limits to anyone other than emergency
personnel. The PUBLIC HAS NOT been
authorized to return yet. Emergency
crews must secure the areas of concern first.
I hear from Jordan that all roads in Ocean Bay Park are now open except
for one which has a house in the middle of it.
Hmmm, good reason to not clear the road I guess.
As many of you know, Bobby and Mark clear our walks after a snow storm so
that if there is a fire, we can get equipment to the scene. Same principle.
Other departments are doing the same thing by clearing sand and debris
off of and out of the way so that roads are passable.
It also helps the damage assessment people.
Building inspectors have condemned many homes on the island (to my
knowledge NONE in Cherry Grove). If
you saw the raw footage of the island from News12 copper it was devastating to
the east of us. Click Post-Sandy
damage link. The last 10 minutes or
so is Ocean Beach (look for the shot with the water tower to help get your
bearings. The footage ends with
Point o’ Woods but you get an idea on how bad things are to the west of us.
I saw what I think was MARINE 1 flying over on Thursday as well. Loved the news conference of our Gov and the President. Anyone want to buy a cheap roller coaster down on the Jersey shore? Well, Jersey Ocean I guess now.
Thursday, November 1, 2012 - Email from my Director to his staff
Some of this is techie talk which we would understand only. Just skip over that part. This is an email my Director sent out to our entire Eastern Region team.
KEY: SLT = Senior Leadership Team; LAN or WAN = Local Area Network or Wide Area Network (computer connectivity); PBX = Phone system
I'm sure you are all aware, NY/NJ took the brunt of Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy.
Early on the Teterboro business unit became an inaccessible island and shortly
afterwards lost the generator that powered the LAN, WAN, PBX, Megasys, and
CorHub. The situation was made even more complicated by 10 of 11 SLT members
losing power to their homes.
IT folks, as usual, stepped up and provided as much support as we could as
emergency measures were put into place to get specimens to Syosset, get
specimens to Wallingford, help scope out plans to bring up our Disaster Recovery
site in Sterling Forrest, and in general just provide a conduit between the
businesses themselves, and the business and the rest of IT. Our inherent
knowledge of both the business operations and QuestLab, once again proved
invaluable to both operations and corporate IT functions.
I am once again humbled and proud of all of your efforts, of particular note is
the effort of our own Craig Williams. At time when the rest of Quest, both IT
and Operations, was starving for any information at all about what was going on
inside the actual facility, Craig managed to wade into the facility and
establish real time communications between the outside world and the inside of
the Teterboro building. Once Craig arrived in the building and established
reliable, consistent, and informed communications with those of us on the
outside, a true and focused recovery plan could be organized and orchestrated.
became a very public face to the services we provide to our business partners on
daily basis, but highlighted in the time of crisis. I would like to publicly
thank Craig for his outstanding representation of all of us during this
disaster; his efforts truly were a game changer in re-establishing both a
working QuestLab and a Teterboro building.
to all of you who spent countless hours on the phone and onsite supporting our
business and IT partners through this storm; once again proving what a valuable
and reliable asset we our to Quest Diagnostics.