G’day readers this is Mia g Vayner the author and founder of this blog, the last month of 2012 and the first few weeks of 2013 have been both heaven and hell to me for the best part of 2 decades 2 beautiful children who made up the biggest piece of my heart were gone from my life.
Late November 2012, I received a facebook message from my kids that they wanted to be part of my life again, and so dialogue began and today we speak daily and they have told me many times they loved me so the hole in my soul has been filled. So you can imagine my thoughts and my drive just might have been busy elsewhere.
In November when things were going well I nearly lost my finger when my hand slipped of my push rail into my spinning steel spokes, so at the same time that my heart was mending my body was hurting. Still I made you guys a promise to not stop working for the goal of equal rights and treatment until there was no fight left to be fought, so for slipping up and not being fully engaged I apologize.
I have in this time because I realize the fight while might be single minded can never be won by just one single person alone, so I have invited you the reader to contribute to my blog. Some have applied many have made noise but so far the jobs are still open please consider.
Today our government is speaking as I type on new gun laws, in response to the slaughter of babies that occurred at sandy hook school just 33 days ago, and we are winding down those useless wars in Afghanistan with 60,000 soldiers coming home.
Since the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq began this useless violence has added over 2 million of our strongest and bravest to the ranks of the disabled, I’m sorry Mr. president and the congress but if you build a society it is your sworn duty as elected officials to care for them. I’m sorry if you put 2 million people anywhere in the country it would be declared a large city and have every protection and service and utility that that provides, so where do you get off providing anything less to the 2 million who served you with honor and now simply want you to keep your part of the deal?.
Two thousand and thirteen is only three weeks old and over 900 Americans have died due to gun violence and hundreds have died at war and every day beautiful babies are born with debilitating illnesses that came from the same gene pool that gave them their blue eyes and it’s not their fault.
Not their fault, but it is the sworn duty of any government anywhere in the world to provide every care and service they need and it is to this end that I from today am promising I am back in the game 1000%. So please stay with me and let me know when you need help and how I can help you.
Thank you and here’s hope for a better 2013. Mia G
New york City tells we the disabled that ramps at every shop and building is just too expensive, really? check this out
As awheelchair user and somene who will be for life trying to shop for just everyday needs let alone presents and gifts is difficult because 2in 4 stores are in accessibe.
The name for my blog disabledaccessdenied.com came from this very experience, New york uses excuses like “the buildings are old it would ruin their look” or “It is expensive enough opening a business and you want them to spend on a ramp?”
Well New York and for that matter my home country of Australia, check out what Canada has come up to solve the problem.
1st Degree Child Abuse LIFE IN PRISON
2nd Degree Child Abuse 10 YEARS IN PRISON
Commit Child Abuse in Front of Another Child, You Are Guilty of the Same Act on That Child. Forcing a Child to Witness Abuse IS ALSO ABUSE!
A letter from Dominick Calhoun’s family
Dominick Richard Calhoun was a victim of child abuse in the most severe way. Our story begins on April 12, 2010, when our family lost a son, grandson, nephew, brother and friend. Our children only have us to rely on, so it is our duty to be the voice for those children that have none.
If everyone from judges to child protective services (CPS) had just done their job, this sweet child would still be with us. After Dominick’s death, we started looking into the reasons why we were let down by the system that is supposed to protect children from violent homes.
After Dominick’s death, Facebook pages came up in memory of Dominick. The two key pages were, “Justice for Dominick,” and “Dominick’s law.” Right from the beginning, we started getting support from families of other children that have gone through similar situations. As our sites grew in popularity, we started receiving inquiries from people asking us for help because no one would help them. I would personally speak with some of these people and cry over their situations. These many conversations drove our family to fight harder to change the way things work. I hear over and over how the courts, (CPS) and other agencies turn these people away. The end result is children suffer. This has to stop.
Ever since Dominick was taken from us, we have been busy trying to help local charities that help these very children that have been abused. In this journey, we have not been able to understand the magnitude of this very thing that took our Dominick from us. We then found out that existing laws to help these very children were in need of change, so we enlisted help from a wonderful lady, who helped us with the first draft of what would become Dominick’s Law.
That’s when we started contacting state representatives. At our first meeting, we were very happy with the turnout of people who wanted to help us. I could see that we were going to do something special here.
Our law is now beginning to receive action. With Lansing’s help, we will finally make this happen. Dominick did not have the chance to grow up and we will not get to enjoy even one more of the beautiful moments of his life. If Dominick’s Law had been in place, my grandson’s killer would not have been on the street to begin with.
There is so much more that needs to be done other than this law, but it is such a huge step. My family and so many others grieve and cry every day over what has happened to our children. I know from living this nightmare every day that this has to change. Dominick’s law points us in the right direction.
The Calhoun family
STATE OF MICHIGAN
REGULAR SESSION OF 2012
Introduced by Reps. Lori, Ananich, Barnett, Bauer, Bledsoe, Brown, Brunner, Byrum, Constan, Cotter, Crawford, Damrow, Darany, Denby, Dillon, Durhal, Farrington, Foster, Gilbert, Graves, Greimel, Haines, Haugh, Haveman, Heise, Hooker, Horn, Hovey-Wright, Hughes, Huuki, Irwin, Jackson, Jenkins, Knollenberg, Kurtz, LaFontaine, LeBlanc, Liss, Lyons, MacMaster, McCann, Meadows, O’Brien, Oakes, Olson, Opsommer, Pettalia, Poleski, Potvin, Price, Rendon, Rutledge, Santana, Wayne Schmidt, Segal, Shaughnessy, Slavens, Smiley, Somerville, Stamas, Stapleton, Switalski, Talabi, Tlaib and Tyler
ENROLLED HOUSE BILL No. 5562
AN ACT to amend 1931 PA 328, entitled “An act to revise, consolidate, codify, and add to the statutes relating to crimes; to define crimes and prescribe the penalties and remedies; to provide for restitution under certain circumstances; to provide for the competency of evidence at the trial of persons accused of crime; to provide immunity from prosecution for certain witnesses appearing at criminal trials; to provide for liability for damages; and to repeal certain acts and parts of acts inconsistent with or contravening any of the provisions of this act,” by amending section 136b (MCL 750.136b), as amended by 2008 PA 577, and by adding section 136d.
The People of the State of Michigan enact:
Sec. 136b. (1) As used in this section:
(a) “Child” means a person who is less than 18 years of age and is not emancipated by operation of law as provided in section 4 of 1968 PA 293, MCL 722.4.
(b) “Cruel” means brutal, inhuman, sadistic, or that which torments.
(c) “Omission” means a willful failure to provide food, clothing, or shelter necessary for a child’s welfare or willful abandonment of a child.
(d) “Person” means a child’s parent or guardian or any other person who cares for, has custody of, or has authority over a child regardless of the length of time that a child is cared for, in the custody of, or subject to the authority of that person.
(e) “Physical harm” means any injury to a child’s physical condition.
(f) “Serious physical harm” means any physical injury to a child that seriously impairs the child’s health or physical well-being, including, but not limited to, brain damage, a skull or bone fracture, subdural hemorrhage or hematoma, dislocation, sprain, internal injury, poisoning, burn or scald, or severe cut.
(g) “Serious mental harm” means an injury to a child’s mental condition or welfare that is not necessarily permanent but results in visibly demonstrable manifestations of a substantial disorder of thought or mood which significantly impairs judgment, behavior, capacity to recognize reality, or ability to cope with the ordinary demands of life.
(2) A person is guilty of child abuse in the first degree if the person knowingly or intentionally causes serious physical or serious mental harm to a child. Child abuse in the first degree is a felony punishable by imprisonment for life or any term of years.
(3) A person is guilty of child abuse in the second degree if any of the following apply:
(a) The person’s omission causes serious physical harm or serious mental harm to a child or if the person’s reckless act causes serious physical harm or serious mental harm to a child.
(b) The person knowingly or intentionally commits an act likely to cause serious physical or mental harm to a child regardless of whether harm results.
(c) The person knowingly or intentionally commits an act that is cruel to a child regardless of whether harm results.
(4) Child abuse in the second degree is a felony punishable by imprisonment as follows:
(a) For a first offense, not more than 10 years.
(b) For a second or subsequent offense, not more than 20 years.
(5) A person is guilty of child abuse in the third degree if any of the following apply:
(a) The person knowingly or intentionally causes physical harm to a child.
(b) The person knowingly or intentionally commits an act that under the circumstances poses an unreasonable risk of harm or injury to a child, and the act results in physical harm to a child.
(6) Child abuse in the third degree is a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 2 years.
(7) A person is guilty of child abuse in the fourth degree if any of the following apply:
(a) The person’s omission or reckless act causes physical harm to a child.
(b) The person knowingly or intentionally commits an act that under the circumstances poses an unreasonable risk of harm or injury to a child, regardless of whether physical harm results.
(8) Child abuse in the fourth degree is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 1 year.
(9) This section does not prohibit a parent or guardian, or other person permitted by law or authorized by the parent or guardian, from taking steps to reasonably discipline a child, including the use of reasonable force.
(10) It is an affirmative defense to a prosecution under this section that the defendant’s conduct involving the child was a reasonable response to an act of domestic violence in light of all the facts and circumstances known to the defendant at that time. The defendant has the burden of establishing the affirmative defense by a preponderance of the evidence. As used in this subsection, “domestic violence” means that term as defined in section 1 of 1978 PA 389, MCL 400.1501.
Sec. 136d. (1) A person who violates section 136b in the presence of a child other than the child who is the victim of the violation is guilty of a felony punishable as follows:
(a) If the person violates section 136b(2) in the presence of another child, by imprisonment for life or any term of years.
(b) Except as provided in subdivision (c), if the person violates section 136b(4) in the presence of another child, by imprisonment for not more than 10 years.
(c) If the person violates section 136b(4) in the presence of another child on a second or subsequent occasion, by imprisonment for not more than 20 years.
(d) If the person violates section 136b(6) in the presence of another child, by imprisonment for not more than 2 years.
(2) A charge and conviction under this section do not prohibit a person from being charged with, convicted of, or sentenced for any other violation of law arising out of the same transaction as the violation of this section.
Enacting section 1. This amendatory act shall be known and may be cited as “Dominick’s Law”.
Enacting section 2. This amendatory act takes effect July 1, 2012.
This act is ordered to take immediate effect.
STATE OF MICHIGAN
REGULAR SESSION OF 2012
Introduced by Reps. Graves, Ananich, Barnett, Bauer, Bledsoe, Brown, Brunner, Byrum, Constan, Cotter, Crawford, Damrow, Darany, Denby, Durhal, Farrington, Geiss, Gilbert, Greimel, Haveman, Heise, Hooker, Horn, Howze, Hughes, Jackson, Jenkins, Knollenberg, Kurtz, Lane, LeBlanc, Lindberg, Liss, Lyons, MacGregor, Meadows, O’Brien, Oakes, Olson, Opsommer, Poleski, Rendon, Roy Schmidt, Wayne Schmidt, Segal, Slavens, Smiley, Somerville, Stallworth, Stamas, Stanley, Stapleton, Switalski, Talabi, Tlaib, Tyler and Zorn
ENROLLED HOUSE BILL No. 5563
AN ACT to amend 1927 PA 175, entitled “An act to revise, consolidate, and codify the laws relating to criminal procedure and to define the jurisdiction, powers, and duties of courts, judges, and other officers of the court under the provisions of this act; to provide laws relative to the rights of persons accused of criminal offenses and ordinance violations; to provide for the arrest of persons charged with or suspected of criminal offenses and ordinance violations; to provide for bail of persons arrested for or accused of criminal offenses and ordinance violations; to provide for the examination of persons accused of criminal offenses; to regulate the procedure relative to grand juries, indictments, informations, and proceedings before trial; to provide for trials of persons complained of or indicted for criminal offenses and ordinance violations and to provide for the procedure in those trials; to provide for judgments and sentences of persons convicted of criminal offenses and ordinance violations; to establish a sentencing commission and to prescribe its powers and duties; to provide for procedure relating to new trials and appeals in criminal and ordinance violation cases; to provide a uniform system of probation throughout this state and the appointment of probation officers; to prescribe the powers, duties, and compensation of probation officers; to provide penalties for the violation of the duties of probation officers; to provide for procedure governing proceedings to prevent crime and proceedings for the discovery of crime; to provide for fees of officers, witnesses, and others in criminal and ordinance violation cases; to set forth miscellaneous provisions as to criminal procedure in certain cases; to provide penalties for the violation of certain provisions of this act; and to repeal all acts and parts of acts inconsistent with or contravening any of the provisions of this act,” by amending section 16g of chapter XVII (MCL 777.16g), as amended by 2008 PA 521.
The People of the State of Michigan enact:
Sec. 16g. (1) This chapter applies to the following felonies enumerated in chapter 750 of the Michigan Compiled Laws:
M.C.L. Category Class Description Stat Max
750.135 Person D Exposing children with intent to injure or abandon 10
750.135a(2)(c) Person D Leaving child unattended in vehicle resulting in serious physical harm 10
750.135a(2)(d) Person B Leaving child unattended in vehicle resulting in death 15
750.136b(2) Person A First degree child abuse Life
750.136b(4)(a) Person C Second degree child abuse — first offense 10
750.136b(4)(b) Person B Second degree child abuse — second or subsequent offense 20
750.136b(6) Person G Third degree child abuse 2
750.136c Person B Buying or selling an individual 20
750.136d(1)(a) Person A First degree child abuse in presence of another child Life
750.136d(1)(b) Person D Second degree child abuse in presence of another child — first offense 10
750.136d(1)(c) Person B Second degree child abuse in presence of another child — second or subsequent offense 20
750.136d(1)(d) Person G Third degree child abuse in presence of another child 2
750.145a Person F Soliciting child to commit an immoral act 4
750.145b Person D Accosting children for immoral purposes with prior conviction 10
750.145c(2) Person B Producing child sexually abusive activity or material 20
750.145c(3) Person D Distributing, promoting, or financing the distribution of child sexually abusive activity or material 7
750.145c(4) Person F Possessing child sexually abusive material 4
750.145d(2)(b) Variable G Using internet or computer to commit crime punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of at least 1 year but less than 2 years 2
750.145d(2)(c) Variable F Using internet or computer to commit crime punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of at least 2 years but less than 4 years 4
750.145d(2)(d) Variable D Using internet or computer to commit crime punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of at least 4 years but less than 10 years 10
750.145d(2)(e) Variable C Using internet or computer to commit crime punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of at least 10 years but less than 15 years 15
750.145d(2)(f) Variable B Using internet or computer to commit crime punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of at least 15 years or for life 20
750.145n(1) Person C First degree vulnerable adult abuse 15
750.145n(2) Person F Second degree vulnerable adult abuse 4
750.145n(3) Person G Third degree vulnerable adult abuse 2
750.145o Person E Death of vulnerable adult caused by unlicensed caretaker 5
750.145p(1) Person G Commingling funds of, obstructing investigation regarding, or filing false information regarding, vulnerable adult 2
750.145p(2) Person G Retaliation or discrimination by caregiver against vulnerable adult 2
750.145p(5) Person E Caregiver or licensee violation against vulnerable adult — subsequent offense 5
750.147b Person G Ethnic intimidation 2
(2) For a violation of section 145d of the Michigan penal code, 1931 PA 328, MCL 750.145d, determine the offense category, offense variable level, and prior record variable level based on the underlying offense.
Enacting section 1. This amendatory act takes effect July 1, 2012.
Enacting section 2. This amendatory act does not take effect unless House Bill No. 5562 of the 96th Legislature is enacted into law.
This act is ordered to take immediate effect
The first confirmed death of hurricane sandy was a 13 year old girl whose house exploded when the hurricane forces hit from one side as the surge water hit from the other, her father was washed away his body was just found 4 hours ago the mother was found barely alive clinging to a door from her house in new York harbor.
A mother with her two young boys in the car when it stalled and the SUV was thrown into a ditch they were thrown from the car, she clung to the children as long as she could with one arm around a tree the boys were blown away. That was Monday, Their bodies were found this afternoon she was found hours after the boys blew away huddled in someone’s front door almost dead from hypothermia.
A 28 year old police officer going back to save his own family after working to rescue his neighbors, stepped in a puddle and was electrocuted and he died instantly.
Every minute of the day so many stories like these appear on the television, so far 64 confirmed deaths. I know News is necessary I know people have the right to know, but there are so many deaths, so many children and you start to wonder how many more? Are there more.
Hurricane sandy you took so many, you destroyed so much but the one thing you can never destroy is our resilience. our fight is still here and you’re gone now we rebuild.
Is it me or does it seem that the power is coming on and the transport is running depending on your socio economical status?
The buses end at 57th st? Not 157th and wall st got power first
Power came on the wall st first? Three days later Times Square is back making money for the tourism industry? The east village is in darkness and has no heat no power? Long island will be without power for as much as 10 days.
NICHA turned the heat the power to force them out and they turned off the elevators on the elderly and the disabled, and the ones who stayed are trapped.
Jimmy kimmel was interviewed, his 5 star hotel never lost power. Is it me or is the 1% that stayed comfortable? If you were Latino or black on welfare to Medicare and Medicaid you can freeze your poor broke ass off as far as the government is concerned.
What happened to “all men are created equal”? If they were created this week the ones with the silver spoon in their mouth would have been created first. Who decides where the crews work? You cannot tell me there is not some kind of favoritism, you hear people from the ghetto and the barrio saying they can’t get to the welfare office because the subway is out, you don’t hear people say they can’t get to the spa because their chauffer can’t catch the subway?
Let’s get the workers back to work, let get the lights on and the heat on first lets worry about who we’ll offend at the golf club later. The Perez family in the Bronx have just as many rights as the Rockefellers in the Hamptons forget the social register and concentrate on the power grid as a whole.
I normally swim 2 miles a morning several times a week and I climb 30-40 ft rock walls every Tuesday Thursday and Saturday and race 10 mile 20 mile and marathons in my wheelchair all through the year on the far rockaway boardwalk.
I am not a person who handles being confined very well, I also besides my training have internist, neurologist endocrinologist and skin cancer doctor’s appointments most weeks. Also every Sunday we travel about 1 mile each way and visit poppa. That was until Thursday when Hurricane sandy started to become a reality and since then my little 35ft long by 20 foot wide studio apartment has become my whole world.
The only way I can leave my apartment is to use the elevator to the basement 1 floor down, and then use the garbage ramp as a wheelchair ramp. The ramp exits into a garden so this morning it is covered with debris from fallen trees and leaves blown onto it.The path from it and through my complex and onto the street are covered with fallen trees,and they just announced the seven train has taken on more damage than most. So even when I can leave my home I cannot get anywhere because it may be many days before the train to anywhere will be running.
I fill my life with multiple activities to keep the terrors of my severe PTSD at bay, because when my days are empty my terror see it as an opportunity to invade every waking and sleeping moment with reruns of my childhood molestation in high def on permanent loop.
Well I have had a novel on back burner because of writers block for a while now, Looks like I finally work out who done it and put key strike to computer and make my publisher happy.
To my readers who live with PTSD and other mental health demons, if you have just survived sandy call your doctor , call your therapist go to the hospital if you need it. This is not the time to be tough this is time to be good to yourself . Be well.
About 7 days ago Lee Goldberg and Sam champion and any other television meteorologist of note started talking about this storm sandy, then they started talking loudly as they started doing the math the smart people started giving warnings.
The smart people listened the stupid people said “this is America it ‘s my damn home and I aint leaving this is just a bit of wind” Well my friend you turned out to be the bit of wind, you stayed when the hour came and smart people with all the facts said you must leave.
Governor Christie said in his normal bluster ”don’t be stupid leave” and “don’t be stupid don’t go in the water” yet people stayed and people surfed and people jet skied. The surfers risked not only their lives but that of decent smart qualified first responders, we had the vision of a private boat who did do the right thing and listen who was bringing his game fishing boat to safe haven who went above and beyond and rescued a surfer but at the cost of almost sinking his boat and losing his life and that of his crew!
The barrier islands and fire islands were told to evacuate and yet 145 stayed on fire island alone, and in the darkest hour of the surge with 90 mile an hour winds fire and police rescue had to come and save your stupid lives. You should get a bill.
Coney island was a zone A, you were told to leave yet you didn’t. At the height of the storm a hero fireman had to do what we call in Rockwall climbing bouldering, he shoved his boot and finger tips into the grout lines and climbed a wall he chin upped onto a canvas awning jumped to a balcony and saved two dozen people. As the building They were ordered to evacuate 12 hours before burst into flames, You should never been there He was a hero you were fools
How bad did it get everything get? Below 49th st I Manhattan is without power 1st avenues up to 34th st was flooded the Hudson and the east river and the battery park sea wall were breached by 15 ft seas and they met in the middle the Lincoln tunnel has 12 feet of water thousands of trees are down and a 700 ton ship was picked up like a toy it was 100 feet off Staten island it ended up being dumped by the hurricane in the middle of a highway on land. the steam heating system below 52nd street had to be shut down and all underground subway tunnels are extensively damaged.
Damage done? 7.5 million without power in the tri-state area, the board walks in long beach, seaside heights and Atlantic city are gone and coney island is extensively damaged. Lincoln tunnel flooded several thousand trees down power destroyed to many areas of lower Manhattan and queens. Houses in New Jersey picked up and dropped in the middle of highways, and an entire street of homes in my area of queens over 80 in number burned to the ground because of transformer fires. Subways in New York unusable probably for a week longer in some areas, my own building has trees destroyed and scaffolding collapsed Ella just ventured outside I canot leave she said because treebranches and debris block the sidewalks and roads. The New Jersey path train station at Hoboken is flooded and was famously filmed and the vision is on YouTube
Deaths so far? Sixteen people so far are dead and many are still missing in the United States, and over 100 so far in Haiti Jamaica and Cuba the overall destruction and death will not be completely known for days.
What did we learn? We learned that the governors of the tri-state area are damn good and work tirelessly, But alas we found out that mayor Bloomberg likes to down play and basically lie about the situation. Before the hurricane even finished making land fall mayor Bloomberg declared it over.
The most offensive thing he said was when told by a reporter that there were no disabled bathrooms or beds or assistance at the very few shelters we could get into, he replied with a smirk”well we can’t help everyone”!!
LET’S GET SOMETHING STRAIGHT A FEW PLANKS FORMING A RAMP DOESN’T MAKE YOU ACCESSIBLE, if I get into a shelter and cant use a toilet or sleep and can’t get out of my chair and there is no medically trained help YOU ARE NOT ACCESSIBLE.
We learned that too many people were allowed to refuse to leave without penalty, in Connecticut a fireman died trying to save someone during the worst of the hurricane who earlier refused to leave that person should be charged over his death.
In the future if you know that a space is always used as a shelter Bloomberg build in a permanent ramp, build in toilets and make plans for the future now that every shelter team includes nurses and two trained orderlies and set up a mini medical room.
I can tell you my seizures would give a toddler nightmares for a year, innocents don’t need me convulsing in front of their children when a little planning can give me dignity and the children a terror free environment.
We had smart meteorologists, but loud mouth independent press cried “conspiracy” “over hype” “it’s all a joke” then we had a mayor who is more worried about sprouting bad Spanish than looking after the populis as a whole.
The saving graces were people with names like Christie and Cuomo, and even though I don’t normally endorse one media source over another the crew of New York ABC 7 last night worked in the most dangerous of conditions and they worked 24 hours around the clock.
So New Yorkers are tough we know that, some are not so smart we learned that, but once again in the spirit of 9/11 and the 341, the fire department, the police and the EMT’S did us and themselves proud. We had firemen free climbing brick walls and saving dozens, firemen staying to the last minute with sandbags saving their own stations yet still fighting fires and police linking arms to not be blown away as they stand guard at dangerous spots to protect others.
People these heroes stood guard during the worst saving you and doing the best to save your homes, when their own were lost and in many case and their own families were being evacuated. These people risked their lives for you and what did you do? Play hero disobey the law and risk their lives because you thought you were worth more than them.
It’s morning and I am still here and thankfully most of my beloved tri state made it. Learn folks there is no kudos in making up disasters. When the powers that be yell hurricane stop hearing “a little wind” the smarter you become the longer safer and happier we all live. And lastly to the global warming deniers WAKE UP, this was a tropical storm in the northern hemisphere in winter global warming is here its real and it getting worse get on the wagon and save the earth.
It started last year during Hurricane Irene when people started calling texting and emailing me that they couldn’t get their wheelchairs into shelters, so I rang texted and emailed Christine Quinn’s office and we started networking I didn’t sleep for 36 hours.
Yes I was busy but the truth is serious storms especially thunder and lightning terrify me, when I was a kid in the bush you could see a storm coming for hundreds of miles across the desert it was like a monster walking slowly.From the security of my single bed leaning on the window sill you saw trees hit by lightning a hundred miles away, and you saw branch lightning hit with six strikes simultaneously. The thunder was so damn deafening and as a small kid all I could do was peek out my bedroom window and shake under my blankets. As I hid under my bed shaking I would be reciting quickly “now I lay me down to sleep I pray the lord my soul to keep If I should die before I wake I pray the lord my soul to take”
I never got to the god bless mommy and daddy and grandma part, because as a lightning strike would light up the bush sky I would dive under the blankets and not come out till the thunder stopped.
In the outback the only time it wasn’t storming it was probably a wall of bush fire I would see in the distance, it became more than childhood fear. It is in my later life a diagnosed fear that can cripple me.
So as I sit here typing rain is getting heavier against the one window in my studio apartment, and the wind is bending the tree in the courtyard a little more every minute.
My fears are growing almost as quick as the emails in my inbox asking where an accessible shelter is, and who they can call to get their wheelchair and oxygen bottle to a relative’s home.
The news tells me that within 4 hours the winds will be 40-50 miles an hour, and the rain coming will be as much as 12 inches over night and even more when sandy hits full on in about 20 hours.
So to those asking for help I’m doing my best, and to my friends who just want to chat or see if I’m ok I apologize in advance if my reply is slow because It might take a while to crawl out from under my duvet. Anyway I’ll do my best.
to find out if this effects you or a loved one especially a disabled loved one go to www.nyc.gov type in your address and It will tell you what zone you’re in and your nearest shelter
Or call 311 but please be patient during hurricane Irene these services handled 4.1 million enquiries.
Remember no public transport of any kind in NYC or New Jersey after 7pm Sunday 28th of October
NYC schools are closed on Monday 29th of October so parents, especially parents of special needs children THEY WILL NOT BE PICKED UP TOMORROW.
And remember go out now while you can get extra cash and get water.
use my check list to make sure your safe and provide for.
ATTENTION::: IF YOU LIVE IN THE MANDATORY EVACUATION AREAS AND YOU LIVE IN AN ELEVATOR BUILDING YOUR ELEVATORS WILL BE SHUT OFF AT 7 PM GET OUT DONT WAIT TILL LAST MINUTE CHAIRS DON’T DO STAIRS
Governor Cuomo of New York announces all MTA buses subways and trains, LIRR and New Jersey rail suspended as of 7pm tonight
Attention all New Yorkers and new jersey citizens get home now, because as of 7pm tonight there are no trains subways or buses and once they are down it takes more than 24 hours to bring it back up to operational level.
When winds hit 60 miles an hour all bridges and tunnels will be closed.
Get a Go bag ready, prepare your house to be safe for you and your pets and service animals.
Use my check list be prepared and BE SAFE
If you need help look to the info below.
Or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or keep an eye on my blog at www.disabledaccessdenied.com for up to date safety information.
PLEASE LET SOMEONE KNOW WHERE YOU ARE AND IF YOU NEED TO LEAVE.
Below is the state of New York contact info for emergency shelters.