In the face of a disaster, most officials can only hope to keep order, preach patience and keep the ball rolling on rescue and cleanup efforts.
Not Cory Booker, the popular and extraordinarily accessible mayor of Newark, New Jersey.
Booker, who has seemingly been running around the clock, personally answering calls of distress from his city's residents on Twitter since Superstorm Sandy hit Monday night.
Now Booker has taken it one step further. He's personally invited the people in his neighborhood still without power to come over to his house, relax and take advantage of the lights, heat and electricity.
There is someone at my house now (Eric). I've got space u can relax in, charge devices & even a working DVD player. Come by@my_serenelove— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) November 1, 2012
Please let any1 on Homestead know they can come 2 my house & use the spare apt on 1st floor 2 relax, get warm, charge up etc @my_serenelove— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) November 1, 2012
Seriously, go over while I'm working, sum1 shud enjoy my lights. RT @pink_kupcake20: Really mad u got lights & not me WE LIVE ON SAME BLOCK— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) October 31, 2012
According to 2010 census figures, more than 277,000 people live in the city of Newark. About 85 percent of the city was restored to power by Thursday morning, according to utility group PSEG, but more than 780,000 million were still without power in New Jersey.