If you, like I, am on the east coast, then the storm’s hit you. It’s a bit late for storm preparation, but there are still things you can do to stay safe in the next couple of days:
Turn off propane tanks. FEMA says so.
Keep the refrigerator and freezer closed as much as possible if you lose power. Fridge food will stay cold for 4 hours without electricity; a freezer for 24-48 hours.
If there’s flooding, drink bottled water, or boil your tap water. Water should be boiled for three or more minutes.
Take note of anything you eat off that comes into contact with flood waters. You’ll need to wash them later, or for more porous materials that cannot be sterilized, throw them out.
If you have a smartphone, you tech-savvy dog you, use these Hurricane and emergency mobile apps to stay up-to-date. That is, if you still have phone service.
Put your pets in their cages. If they get really freaked, you don’t want them hurting you or themselves.
Avoid using electrical appliances and stick to battery-operated ones.
Don’t try to use any wet equipment, even if the power’s back on. Water + machinery = damaged machines and possible injury.
Don’t go driving around in the wind. You’re just asking to have a tree fall on you. Stay inside!!
Evacuate when told. Also evacuate if you live in a mobile home, temporary structure, high-rise building, or near water.
Need to be cheered up? Want to see just how frivolous we can be? Check out this page on Weathering a Hurricane in Style. What, you didn’t know that “storm prep” included buying the right galoshes?
Stay safe! If you’re in Sandy’s path, keep us posted here or on Facebook.