Sandy Storm Prep Long Island Style

Via “Cold front is the long stretch of clouds on the left, Sandy is on the right!!”

Brendan Loy is saying today is the day to prepare, and Glenn Reynolds always has an abundance of good emergency prep advice at Instapundit.

Here on Long Island we’re pulling in the last of the yard furniture and otherwise doing the same practical, common-sense prep as last year:

We’re hard-boiling eggs and taking inventory for the staples: Bread, milk (liquid and powdered), more eggs; check! Pasta, beans, tuna, sardines, crackers, coffee, grains, candles; check. Flashlight and Batteries; check. Brandy; check. Wine; check. Medical kit; check. Scrabble board; check. Guinness, because it’s good for you and can be a meal replacement? CHECK!

– If you have an ice-maker, start storing ice and making more. If you don’t, go buy bags of ice NOW, not later, when everyone else is trying to, and put them in your freezer, so if you need to rely on a cooler, you’ve got your stuff. You can also fill empty 2 liter soda bottles or large ziplock bags with water, and freeze them.

– Drinking water. Get lots. Fill your empty 2 litre bottles with tapwater now, while you know it’s good. Again, with the ziplock bags — use them. If you have a clean trashcan, line it with heavy plastic bags and fill them with water, too. While the storm is raging, if you think you’re going to lose power, give the bathtub a good scrubbing and then FILL IT with water and then tell your kids if they play in it, they will have to drink it later.

– Fill your propane tanks; if you have a fireplace, get some wood inside.

– Don’t forget your pets! Make sure you have an adequate supply of dog/cat food (and snacks) so you don’t have to go out.

– Get your laundry done now and charge everything that can be charged, gas up the cars and hang tight.

– Make sure you have bathroom tissue. Also, paper towels, paper plates and paper cups and plastic utensils; you don’t want to be wasting water supplies on clean-up unless you are super-well supplied. If you feel guilty about it, you can compost the paper goods, later.

Weather it out in good humor, if you can.

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  • The Drill SGT

    3 bags of charcoal. You brought the grill into the garage. Now with charcoal, you can cook for a week…

  • The Drill SGT

    don’t forget prescription drugs and of course a full tank of gas

  • Mark L

    A tip about the bathtub — you need to seal it. Otherwise the water will leak out. Happened to us the first time we did that for a hurricane.

    We took a standard rubber bathtub plug, put a thick layer of wax aroud the outside, stuffed it into the drain, and then poured more wax over the rim. put a string through the ring beforehand, and it is fairly easy to pull the whole thing out afterwards.

    Good luck. Unless you get flooded by the storm surge or are unlucky enough to get hit by a tornado, you are going to be safe in your house. Based on the size of the storm (Cat 1), anyone who is at least 30 feet above sea level should have no problem with storm surge.

  • Kathy Kinsley

    Mark L, Wow, you guys have some advantages. Here in FL, 30 feet above sea level is on found in central (E-W speaking) and north of Orlando. We’re happy if we can manage 5 feet. :-/

    OTOH, we don’t have to worry about blizzards…

  • Sam Hall

    If you lose water, you will lose the ability to flush the toilet. You can take a trash bag and line the bowl. When you can’t take the odor any longer, seal the bag and replace it with a new one.

    [I think we'll use the bathtub water! -admin]

  • allyHM

    Another hint from a native Floridian who has seen enough of these things in her 44 years: have AT LEAST two weeks of prescription medications on-hand. Trust me on this. When Frances and Jean blew through Florida in 2004, even in Ocala we had people and businesses, including pharmacies, out of power for almost two weeks. If you have it and don’t need it, great. Better that than to need it and not have it.

  • K

    Glen Reynolds has a comment about lines of utility trucks heading east. There is a whole industry of storm chasing carpenters and roofers who drive along close behind tornadoes in the Midwest to go into towns that get hit and fix places up. They get premium prices, that’s why they do it. They head out at a moment’s notice and go without stopping for as long as they get the premium prices. So I bet they also are in that line of trucks heading east. They have tarps and everything you need in a disaster. All you need is money

  • MassJim

    And wach out for candles. I once read that candle started fires cause lots of damage during power outages. Use battery powered lights.

  • badgerwx

    I’d say freezing the bottles is better than bags of ice. The larger the chunk of ice, the slower it melts. I like to use different sizes of glad/tupper-ware containers. I use the smaller sizes to fill in any gaps in my freezer & put the larger ones in the cooler that I empty the fridge into, to use during the storm . Some blankets over the cooler for extra insulation keep it nice & cold for a long time.