Stores are mobbed with folks rushing to prepare for Sandy, who may or may not pay an (unwelcome) visit to the east coast early next week. Surviving last year’s week + snow-tober power outage taught me a few lessons about how to be prepared:
- Fill water jugs. Buy water if necessary, but be sure to have potable drinking water.
- Fill the tub. We’re on a well, not town water, and we need to supply our own eau de toilet.
- Stock up on non-perishable food. I have lots of Amy’s soup, granola bars, fruit, pretzels, etc. to keep us going.
- Check the batteries. Oh, we have flashlights. Man, do we have flashlights. I even have a tiny battery-powered Ott light that allows me to read and knit after the sun sets.
- Get all the laundry done. We were lucky to wash our clothes on power outage day 7 at a friend’s house, and because I’d ensured I was caught up on laundry, that was fine.
- Clean the house but good. It will get messy if power is out for more than a few days, but a good scrubbing helps keep it livable.
- Gas up the car. If escape is necessary, be able to hit the road.
- Tuck away some cash. A few local stores were open last year, but they couldn’t accept my debit card. Luckily, I had cash on me.
Neal has procured a generator, which should alleviate worries about the sump pump not working and the basement flooding. We’ll go out for a few more supplies throughout the weekend. The biggest challenge right now, and I know many of my fellow 2011 power outage survivors feel this way, is to not get panicked or anxious.
Good thing I have some knitting to soothe my mind!
What’s your best storm preparation tip?