Well, I'd prefer not to experience another hurricane, but it looks like in less than 24 hours we are going to be blasted by the Frakenstorm of the year, category 1 Hurricane/Nor'easter Sandy. When about a week ago my husband mentioned that the long range forecast included the crazy potential for a storm, possibly snow, I laughed. As last week went on and I watched all the weather geeks on Facebook share their viewpoints on the forecast I started to believe it. By Thursday we were stocked with water and groceries so that I wouldn't have to battle stores on the weekend. We spent the weekend preparing the house while still trying to keep a schedule so that the kiddo wouldn't panic.
Here are some of the ways we prepared for the unknown, although I am really hoping we went WAY overboard! (I think part of me is more in "Survivor" mode after watching too many episodes of Revolution and reading the Passage this summer. I realize it's a hurricane coming, not the apocolypse, but there was a nagging feeling in my head...what if there was no more electicity ever again??)
- Purchased 9 gallons of water, one gallon per person per day for three days supply
- have a stock of juice pouches, a case of Horizon milk boxes, and boxed soymilk and parmalot
- crackers, peanut butter, jelly, and lots of snack bars
- filled both freezers with baggies of water so there are no gaps. Freezers will stay cold for 24 hours if they are packed.
- Cleaned up the basement. Re-located important boxes upstairs, cleared areas so that if we have to hide out there because of tornados, there is a space, and washed all laundry, just in case!
- My husband purchased a new pump, so now we have three. They are not built in, so if we loose power, they won't work. We are debating buying a generator after all of this is done to have for next time. (Although neither of us has any idea how to use one!)
- Sand bagged a problem basement window and our basement door. Our neighbor's sump pump dumps water on our side, which runs downhill and into our house, since we live on a hill. My husband covered one window that leaked in the past with sandbags in an attempt to redirect water elsewhere.
- Cleaned the gutters, put away all outdoor furniture and hoseboxes, and trash cans. Even the new grill is stashed in the shed.
- Stocked up on batteries and tested all flashlights. We have a flashlight in almost every room.
- My husband purchased Mophie juice packs for our phones, so that we can recharge our phones as needed.
- Hit the library for books! Have a stash of crafts on hand. Legos and board games stocked.
- Charged my laptop and updated anit-virus protection. If we loose power and need to go elsewhere to use public wifi, I want my computer safe!
- We have public water, but we plan to fill at least one bathtub, just in case it's needed for flushing!
- Gassed up the cars, got some extra cash.
- Found our old fondue pot and it's fuel, for heating up canned soup! (We have a gas range, so if we loose power, we can still use the burners for cooking, just with a lighter instead of the electronic ignition.)
- I still need to gather some important paperwork and put them in plastic baggies. I'm debating packing an evaculation bag of clothing.
When I told my son that he probably wouldn't have school for a couple of days he became upset and said, "but how will I learn?" It's G-week at preschool this week. I pointed out that he helped clean the gutters, which is a g-word. I told him not to worry, I would teach him! I'm so glad he likes school! Storms make me extremely anxious. We always get water in our basement. We have always had success with pumping it out with our little pump. We have never lost power, so with the threat of loosing power and not being able to pump the basement has me on edge. My husband and I are trying very hard to not appear anxious in front of our son so that he isn't frightened. He actually asked if we could go to the library to get some books on hurricanes, so we did.
As I write this I have the news on. The mayor of Philadelphia just closed the city for tomorrow. The public transportation system will be shut down too. This is really scary.
I hope that come Wednesday, Halloween, all of this has passed and the kids can celebrate Halloween. It would be something nice after all of this stress.
For info about being safe in a Hurricane, consult the Red Cross.