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What are you doing to prepare for Frankenstorm (Hurricane Sandy)?

By AV . ·
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Oh no, here we go again! Another freak storm wreaking havoc on a large part of the east coast almost a year to the day of the freak October snow storm of 2011 that hit NJ.

Well, last year I had no power for 5 days . No water, except what I had in water jugs and the bathtub, no sewer, no lights and limited internet access through a 56k modem and a landline phone. I had firewood to keep warm. I lost the entire contents of my refrigerator and freezer.

I thought I could just stay in a hotel somewhere, but every hotel for 50 miles, except some real fleabag places, was booked solid. This time, because of the size of the storm, I will likely not be able to find a place to stay, so I will be on my own.

If you are affected by the storm, what are you doing to prepare? Do you have any good tips or ideas for me? I think I may be toughing this one out at home.


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Remember, the time to stock up

by CharlieSpencer In reply to I spent most of the day p ...

is AFTER this storm, not just before the next one!

Also, public fountains can be a great source of non-potable water. Lousy for drinking, but also great for flushing the john.

Heating small things? Before the next storm, go to any camping supply store and get some Sterno and one of the small folding cooktops that fit the can. After Hugo, we cooked over the kerosene heater. It's slow, but it will heat a griddle or small saucepan.

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Be safe, AV.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to What are you doing to pre ...

Prayer and positive thoughts headed your way. :)

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Thanks Boxie

by AV . In reply to Be safe, AV.

I hope it won't be that bad where I live. The major brunt of this storm will hit on the same day as the snowstorm from last year, Oct. 30. Mischief Night, in this case Mother Nature's mischief.

I know I will lose more trees because I have 4 acres of them, I just hope they are not the ones near the house like what happened last year. The next house I buy will NEVER have so many freakin' trees. They are just a nightmare in a storm like this. Just watching them sway in the heavy winds gives me major stress. Eek!

Well, I'm going to try to make lemonade out of lemons with this storm. I made sure to stock up on wine, which always helps to improve the mood.

AV :^0

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So far, so good

by AV . In reply to What are you doing to pre ...

I still have power and I'm so thankful for that. We've had some pretty strong wind gusts though, so I don't know for how long. The worst of the storm didn't even hit us yet.

Today will be a real nail-biter.


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i've been watcing

by PurpleSkys In reply to So far, so good

keeping tabs on ya . I've been semi glued to CNN most of this afternoon. It sure looks like it's gonna be nasty; please stay safe, we'll be saying a prayer for everyone

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PS, how are you and ~D doing?

by CharlieSpencer In reply to i've been watcing

Is this pushing some wind and water your way later in the week?

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we're going to be fine here

by PurpleSkys In reply to PS, how are you and ~D do ...

we're not expecting to get any more than a little rain (for a couple days) and maybe some gusts up to 70 k/hr. Doesn't sound like there will be any tidal surge up the Bay of Fundy either. We're very lucky this time. We're saying our prayers for all our friends in Sandy's path.

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The winds are so incredible

by AV . In reply to i've been watcing

I still have power, fortunately. There hasn't been as much rain as they predicted where I live, but the winds are horrific. We have some 60mph gusts and they are just so scary, I pray every time we get one.


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Well AV as they say

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to The winds are so incredib ...

Chin Up Chest Out and Enjoy.

Things are starting to get Really Interesting in your neck of the woods now and should get even More Interesting over the next few hours. According to the news here things should be Extremely Interesting within the next 4 hours.

The only real problem with being in a basement is in the event of a tree demolishing the house you may be trapped there for a very long time, but on the up side if it happens early enough in the storm most of the rubble will be blown away so you'll be able to get out. However that's not something I would care to experience or recommend for anyone else to live through.

Just to make your day I'm going out now to take some photos of the plants a bit of sunshine will do me the world of good.

edited to add Remember the Old Chinese Curse May You Live in Interesting Times.


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Good old Col...

by AnsuGisalas In reply to Well AV as they say

Always has an uplifting word.

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