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