Preparing, Times Two

When the television forecast looks like the one above, the local paper’s weather blog is posting scenarios where  even the best case doesn’t sound so great, and the looming weather event has already been named “Frankenstorm,” I gotta say — the impulse to panic is strong. But I’m a Northeastern girl at heart and as such, just find it hard to get all that worked about storms. (Not having kids who will get all stir-crazy if stuck inside during a power outage makes it easier not to worry, I’ll admit.)  There are things I do need to do to get ready, though, like bring in my plants from outside and get some new batteries for my flashlight.

This time, there’s the added wrinkle that I am supposed to be heading out of town on Wednesday, which should be at least a day after the storm passes, but could be a mess of power outages, delays, etc. And there are few things I hate like fussing around at the airport — so stressful. I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it, however, and instead spend the weekend doing the prep that is within my control, like laundry and packing and such, along with getting ready for the storm.

Wish me — and everyone else in the storm’s path — luck, as well as our conference planners, who are a little concerned that their east coast based speakers and attendees might not make it to Spokane.

7 thoughts on “Preparing, Times Two

  1. Eileen October 27, 2012 / 8:29 am

    A few hurricane prep thoughts…

    1. Fill your bath tub, or a large trash can with water (to flush toilets).
    2. Have lots of matches and candles
    3. Lots of batteries
    4. Make sure you have at least 2 weeks worth of meds or refill and pick up this weekend before the storm
    5. Try to eat down your fridge and freezer before the storm
    6. Have plenty of shelf stable foods that don’t require heating
    7. Get an extra tank of gas for the grill if you want to be able to cook anything
    8. Do all your laundry now – two weeks worth of clean undies are a must
    9. Buy a box of baby wipes, hand sanitizer, and facial wipes – if you’re water goes out (or your hot water for showers) these are your friends!
    10. Bring everything in off your patio. Even your adirondack chair can become a missile in hurricane winds. The people who park on the street behind you will thank me 🙂
    11. Have your hiking boots (or other strong soled shoes) handy for the aftermath.
    12. Have a “how do I get out of dodge” plan when public transit is down – for days. (I can’t imagine what lots of water will do to metro tunnels!)
    12. Have a weeks worth of bottled water for you and the kitties (along with plenty of cat food and transportation options for them too)
    13. Before Ike hit I bought a tarp (which I returned after the storm and someone basically bought out of my hands) and also a gas can, which I filled so we wouldn’t run out on the highway if we had to leave with 4 million others – might be a bit extreme but…
    14. Have board games and playing cards (and toys) at the ready for no tech amusement – go check books out of the library 🙂
    15. Keep everything charging right up til the power goes out and make sure you have car chargers for the essentials
    16. For your friends with cars, fill up the gas tank now, and top it off before the storm – in all your cars.

    Just a little reminder for anyone who has gotten this far and thinks I’m nuts. We were without power for 10 days after Ike. Oh, don’t be surprised if your gas hot water heater has an electric trip switch on the pilot light. Ours did. Ug!

    Good luck to all. Here’s hoping this is all Franken-hype!

  2. Eileen October 27, 2012 / 8:47 am

    Oh there’s more…
    – a big bright clas light for every room w/ replacement batteries right next to it (maybe even an extra flash light in the bathroom cause who wants to mess w/that in the middle of your business)
    – if you’ve got kiddos buy two weeks worth of diapers and baby food – and consider baby food for your tots too in a pinch (that way they still get veggies)
    – move electronics, and really anything you value away from windows (we had one that leaked and soaked the wall and carpet)
    – put your most valued papers & stuff in plastic bins (on the 2nd floor) (put your fire proof safe with essentials with them)
    – have a designated tornado safe place in your house (interior bathrooms are great if you don’t have a basement; closets work well too) and show your kids now where to go and what to do if mama yells go to the safe spot; Plus put a small favorite toy there for them just in case
    – stock up on band aids, alcohol wipes, ace bandage, gauze, neosporin, etc. for your emergency kit.

  3. Fran October 27, 2012 / 11:41 am

    Excellent list, E. One add: stay away from windows and patio doors; flying roof tiles. Stay safe loved ones. Hugs.

  4. Mom October 27, 2012 / 4:01 pm

    Been prepping all day here myself — including cleaning leaves from the sewer catch basin next door. The Mayor asked residents to do that as the leaves are falling at an alarming rate — Mother Nature knows — and work crews cannot keep up with the task — and neighbor not home, sooooo. It looks like the biggest issue for the Binghamton part of NYS is going to be flooding and/or power outages.

    Oh, and another item for Eileen’s great list is CASH MONEY! Just in case you get the opportunity to buy something, no power renders ATMs and credit cards useless!

    Be safe all!

    • Eileen October 27, 2012 / 6:09 pm

      Good call on cash. I forgot that 🙂

  5. Joanne October 27, 2012 / 9:00 pm

    sigh. I meant to get gas and cash today, and forgot. Ugh.

  6. Mom October 28, 2012 / 3:54 pm

    I also went out today (Sunday) and purchased a digital, lithium battery back-up radio. Don’t have a radio in the house. How’d that happen? Anyway, also got two extra batteries for it. It self-sets to best station and time, date, etc. Timex — $20 @ Bed Bath & Beyond. Back-up batteries cost as much as the radio. sigh….

    Also, finished the laundry and then filled the top-loading washer with cold water. Just as an extra. Our municipal sewage treatment plant collapsed in last year’s storm and is yet to be fully repaired and operational, so I’m just being a bit proactive here. HOPE THIS IS ALL FOR NAUGHT!!

    Stay safe all! Special hugs.

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