After the tropical storm left our area, I was shocked to see the number of cars at gas stations up and down the Jersey Shore. It then occurred to me; we are not prepared. For so long, we have been worried about a hostile force from outside the country messing with our daily lives, when in reality, the most significant threat is mother nature herself.

Shortly after the storm swept through my area in Bayville, I drove down the road only to see the entirety of a baseball stand and dugout destroyed. That was expected.

I then hopped on Route 9 and drove to Wawa to get a sandwich, and there were lines and lines of cars waiting for gasoline. This shocked me. It was the same story at the Quickchek in Bayville. Want food? The line at the McDonalds in Bayville was wrapped around the building and onto Route 9.

I decided to head on down to Barnegat to see if I had better luck finding anything without a line. Nope. In fact, it seemed like it was even worse. The Wawa on West Bay Avenue was packed inside and out. There were three lines of cars all trying to get gas — the Walgreens and Rite Aide on the same street were also packed, so much so that employees were standing outside ushering people in to maintain legal capacity due to COVID-19.

As I am witnessing all of this, I realize one heartbreaking thing: the reality is that we are not ready for another Superstorm Sandy.

Look, I am not going to be foolish here. We didn't need a tropical storm to tell me that. Every month, I am hearing about someone who is still displaced from Hurricane Sandy or another contractor being indicted for Sandy fraud.

Situations like these all make it very apparent that we, as a state, are not ready for another storm like Superstorm Sandy.

It's very disheartening.

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