Passing all that fancy electronic equipment, I don't feel so bad about the antiquated computer systems we have in our office. We make do the best we can with the budgets we get. It's really great that NOAA has better resources authorized by Congress under the Constitution for our general welfare - not to mention domestic tranquility which we hope will soon return to the East Coast after Hurricane Sandy and the clash of storms.
There are a lot of other federal agencies that help with these sort of things FEMA, the Coast Guard, the National Guard, even the resources of the Department of the Interior, along with many others. And there are important private institutions that help - all the local churches and community groups along with the national organization like the Red Cross that help coordinate relief with the federal government. And don't forget all the individual efforts united in community that make all this work.
There is a really interesting video with a bit of historical perspective on some of these themes. From 1938:
Acts of God tend to bless us with the reminder that we need to unite without selfish profit or economic motivation to address our challenges solve our problems by and for the people.
God bless the people of the East Coast! Let's do what we can to help!