In recent years there have been so many over-hyped storms that I did not want to buy into the news about Sandy. I mean, come on, how could this be the “storm of the century”? Frankly, up until Friday night I had not given it much thought but by Saturday morning I was on board with the panicky.
So during the weekend we prepped for hurricane Sandy. My husband was scheduled to be away on business but still here just prior. To prepare for the hurricane, we:
– Got aColeman Quad LED lantern. This thing is awesome. You won’t miss your lights at all.
– Bought food for the pantry, enough to make meals for my kids for a few days without power.
– Bought batteries. D batteries are the first to go from stores because most flashlights run on D batteries.
– Double-checked that the stove would turn on (we use it electrically, but it also runs on just gas).
– Brought in all items from the deck. We also secured the barbecue and pushed the deck furniture against to secure it.
– Used up food in the refrigerator.
– Filled the car up with gas.
– Took out a little cash in case the bank loses power or credit card swipers are not working.
– Brought toys from the basement upstairs and placed the rest up high on tables and shelves.
– Figured out where a place in the house to seek shelter in case of a tornado warning.
– Packed overnight bags in case we needed to leave the house.
– Charged the computer and all iProducts. I also purchased a multi-outlet car charger at Radio Shack for $39.95 with enough wattage to charge all of our iProducts or even a laptop.
We did a pretty thorough job of preparing for the storm, right? When it hit we lost power early on in the storm and rode it out with flashlights, Nerf guns and board games. The kids slept in my room on an air mattress we had blown up before the storm. The winds were howling something fierce.
By Tuesday morning the house was cold and we were still without power. We spent the day at a friend’s house (overnight bags ready if needed), texting with neighbors, friends and family throughout the day. Power came back at 8:00 pm and I brought two disappointed boys home to sleep at our house. Today will be about coffee, cleaning out the fridge and freezer and restocking a few staples.
With only one tree down, restored power and true friends, I am feeling very grateful this morning. We prepared well and got very lucky. If you are on the east coast I hope that you are safe and with little damage at your home.
My one hope is that the next storm is not over-hyped. What a shame it would be if we went back to feeling that the media tends to create unnecessary drama and cry wolf.
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