In the midst of our happy Halloween festivities this weekend, we received warning after warning about this:
Say hello to Sandy everyone, aka Frankenstorm and Stormageddon. She’s apparently coming to stay with us for awhile. Lovely Sandy is predicted to make landfall on the East Coast today and then steadily churn her way west, into my neighborhood, where she’s supposed to collide with a cold front coming in from the west and then just hang out for awhile, dumping large amounts of rain and ruffling our feathers with some pretty strong winds.
Yep, I live in the red “action” area. Of course, what we will experience here will be pale in comparison to what folks will experience on the coast, so I won’t make light (too much) of what’s about to happen. People will likely lose homes and other possessions and maybe even their lives (I hope not). The local weather and emergency gurus are predicting heavy winds, lots of rain and possible long-term power outages. They’re saying this could be worse weather than we’ve seen in 100 years. So, we did spend a little time this weekend preparing for what may come. I’m anticipating that we will get some water in our basement and could be without electricity for a week to 10 days (according to alerts from the power companies). We’re not used to preparing for major weather emergencies around here, but here’s what we did to get ready:
- Purchased some extra flashlights, batteries, and candles.
- Purchased some ready to eat meals for Evelyn, along with extra formula and disposable diapers.
- Washed all the cloth diapers. I certainly don’t want some dirty diapers stinking up the place for several days if we can’t do laundry.
- Washed all the laundry and dishes.
- Gassed up the vehicles.
- Purchased plenty of bottled water.
- Put all the patio furniture into storage and put any loose items up against the house.
- Took stock of our pantry to make sure we had enough food for a few days.
- Vacuumed the house. Several day’s worth of dog hair build up could be enough to drive me mad.
- Charged up the cell phones.
- Bought a box of wine. 🙂
This morning Michael and I joked about what we would do if we couldn’t have coffee for a few days. “Don’t even talk about such a tragedy,” was his response. The office closed early today, so I’m at home now and there’s nothing left to do but wait and pray for the best. Stay safe East Coast friends!