Hurricane Sandy is still on path to cause problems for residents living along the East Coast with the worst expected in the Northeast. According to Accuweather.com, cities such as Boston, Washington D.C. and New York City are bracing for severe impact from the storm’s expected landfall early next week. Many residents along the eastern coast of the U.S. are prepping for the storm and anticipating difficulties from Sandy.
Amy B. of Athens in northeastern Pennsylvania said residents of her town are expecting flooding from Sandy and are stocking up on items such as bread, milk, bottled water and the like. She said many residents are putting away outdoor furniture in anticipation of Sandy’s arrival.
Jody M. of Poconos, PA is getting ready with supplies and books. “We’re stocking up on non-perishable foods, like bread, peanut butter, and granola bars, and checking the flashlight batteries. Oh, and I’m gathering a pile of books I want to read. I might as well get some reading done if the power goes out!”
In Cleveland, OH, Rose K. said she is anticipating a hard hit from Sandy on Halloween. “We are supposed to be affected pretty bad on Halloween. I plan to first go to the liquor store after class on Weds., make sure all of my candles are easy to access, stock up on ice just in case power goes out, grab some extra flashlight batteries, make sure phone is well-charged and hope for the best.”
Northern Maryland resident Janel P. is working on food prepping over the weekend ahead of Sandy’s arrival. “We already have eight cases of water anyway, we have gallons of tap water in case the water is shut off so we can flush, cooking up fried chicken over the weekend because it can be eaten hot or cold… have crackers and cheese, bread, PB and J, We just may have to gorge on ice cream bars should the power go out so they don’t melt. Have lots of batteries for the lanterns, candles, and matches as well.”
Florida residents are already seeing the first signs of Sandy and are ready. “We have purchased some batteries and a few extra cases of water. We are also preparing to eat all of the ice cream should the power go out. We aren’t really expected to get too much other than wind and rain, but it is already raining pretty hard here.” — Lisa S., Deltona, FL
Rochester, NY resident Kay W. isn’t expecting Sandy to cause much damage where she lives but she’s put the word out to relatives that they can stay with her. “Gov Cuomo declared a state of emergency for NY but I don’t think we’ll get hit anywhere near as hard as those closer to the ocean, so I’ve called my relatives to let them know they can head up here, if need be.”
Virginia resident Caren H. is ready for Sandy and is waiting to see what the storm will bring. “we are here in the Northern Neck of Virginia, not coastal per se, but on the Potomac south of DC. We are watching this storm carefully as we are in that cone of uncertainty. Our town was devastated by Isabel about a decade ago and that weighs on minds. I didn’t live here then, but came about a year and a half after she came through — much devastation was still apparent even then. We have a plan — we are going to keep watching reports from DC/Richmond/Fredericksburg TV websites. We are at the edge of their viewing area, so we get missed for forecasts. We have extra water and snacks, a full or nearly full tank of gas in both cars, and plans to charge all of our electronic devices before the storm hits. We know the evacuation route if needed, and I plan to program my power provider’s number into my cell phone just in case. We’ll pull loose lawn furniture/garbage cans back tomorrow as it will start to get windy here sometime Sunday. We have gone through Irene and Lee, so we are prepared to be without power. Dominion is very good, though. Last summer’s derecho saw a rapid response and they got power back to Virginia customers fairly quickly. I am monitoring @VDEM and local media on Facebook and Twitter…we are preparing and will be ready to ride it out.”
How about you? Are you in Sandy’s path? What are you doing to prepare? Leave a comment or send an email to Emergency Preparedness Examiner Tammy Lee Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org.