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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.

AV

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Good to hear you're still there

by NickNielsen In reply to I'm ok, but we're devasta ...

My brother and his family are in Westfield and we haven't heard from them at all.

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They have no power there either

by AV . In reply to Good to hear you're still ...

My nephew lives in Westfield as well. NJ is pretty much out of power for the most part. I found a supermarket that had power today where I live and there was a line of people out the door just for coffee!

AV

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That was nice!

by NickNielsen In reply to They have no power there ...

My largest customer has backup generators installed, primarily to keep them running during commercial power outages. After major storms, though, they are able to get back up and running as soon as they finish cleaning up the store. And as long as they have fuel!

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The Westfield mayor

by NickNielsen In reply to They have no power there ...

states in an update on the town website (www.westfieldnj.gov):

"Although some of our fellow residents have suffered some property damage and those of us without power will be inconvenienced, the very good news is that there have been no serious storm-related injuries to our residents or to our emergency services and public works personnel who worked all night long under horrific conditions."

I'll take that as good news!

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Added to the prayer list.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Good to hear you're still ...

Best for their health and well-being. :)

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Any word yet?

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Good to hear you're still ...

*fingers crossed*

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No direct word yet

by NickNielsen In reply to Any word yet?

The best word I've gotten so far is the announcement I linked to above: "no serious storm-related injuries to our residents or to our emergency services and public works personnel".

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I have another friend in Westfield

by AV . In reply to No direct word yet

She has no power, yet my nephew has power. I know they have a terrible problem getting gas there even if the power comes on. Supposedly, they reopened NY harbor and are now allowing foreign oil tankers in and as the power gets restored, it should ease the gas crunch.

I don't understand why a town like Westfield should be without power for so long. Its a major city. I'm going to email my friend and see whats up with her and I'll let you know what she says.

AV

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They don't ever give specific information

by AV . In reply to No direct word yet

Then they would have to live up to what they said.

My friend in Westfield said her power would be restored by 11/11. She has no phone service either. Gas is hard to get. Too many people and not enough gas stations. We are on gas rationing now - odd and even days to get gas. Just like the '70s. That actually works out better than having everyone in line all at once because the stations keep running out of gas.

Hope your family is ok. Westfield supposedly has a lot of tree damage. There are a lot of big old trees there. The bad thing is that we may get another Nor'easter here on Tuesday night. This one could be snow.

I hope not.

AV

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Glad to hear you're OK, the rest is minor stuff -nt

by Deadly Ernest In reply to I'm ok, but we're devasta ...
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