Hopefully this thing dissipates, and its of little impact. Since the north east is rarely impacted by hurricanes, ill give some advice I learned during the 5 I lived through during the time I lived in Louisiana.
-Stock pile water, canned goods, and stuff that doesn't need to be cooked to eat
-Buy a battery powered radio.
-Fill your car with gas and get 10gallons extra.
-If you own a grill get some charcoal or a fresh gas tank. (If you don't have a grill, buy one)
-Have alternate contact methods to get in touch with loved ones other than cell #'s. Even if you evacuate, and are in an area that's unaffected, your cell may not work if the mtso (mobile telephone switching office), where your number routes to is left down after the storm. My nola # didn't work after katrina, no ones in nola did. Get emails, and landline #'s (if possible). Get the numbers and emails of others they are staying or evacuating with. (This point is very important, trust me. Nothing worse than waiting and wondering about a loved one. This gives you a better chance at communication if the worst happens).
-Know everyone's plans on evacuating or staying.
-Buy flashlights, candles and extra batteries for the flash lights and radio.
-Know where the local disaster relief area is. That way post storm if you need more water/food/ice you know where EXACTLY to go get it, so you're not wasting precious gas in your car doing so.
-If you're staying, I'd emplore you to buy a generator and enough reserve gas to run it for 5 days, minimum.
-If you're evacuating, throw out EVERYTHING in your fridge. If you lose power for an extended time, the disgusting mess that a fridge and freezer full of food leaves in your home and brain can never be erased. I'll never forget it. I threw all my food out when I left for katrina. My buddy tony, not so much. I went to his house a MONTH after we got back and he threw his fridge out after "attempting" to sanitize it to get the smell out, and the smell was still so strong of rotten flesh I lost it. It permeated his whole house. The vents, walls, carpet, etc.. 7 years later I can still smell it. Still makes me Wretch..
-if you evacuate take all important documents, and keepsakes.
-have cash on hand to buy things. If electricity is out, you won't be able to use cards for purchases. Stores will be open, but only able to take greenbacks.
Hopefully none of its necessary, but if the storm does hit let's hope everyone's stays safe. And hopefully this list helps someone out.
Last edited by mikesteelnation1; 10-28-2012 at 03:30 AM.
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