Hurricane Sandy is morphing into a super storm, one more powerful and potentially devastating than past storms in the Northeast. According to ABC News on Saturday, October 27, 2012 the time to prepare is now as the storm’s first wave will be felt by people in the Northeast on Sunday, with the brunt of the storm spreading its furry Monday and Tuesday.
Here is what “Fox and Friends Weekend’s” Rick Reichmuth expects the storm to look like starting Sunday for NYC and New England:
Sunday: Rain with 40 mph winds in the NYC area and Southern New England.
Monday: Rain with winds reaching 70 mph in the NYC area and New England.
Tuesday: Rain and high winds remain, with the storm still in the New England and NYC area.
Here are some of the tips and warnings worth heeding:
*Keep on top of the latest weather forecast. Just a little difference in speed can change the predicted times for the storm to hit.
*Make sure you have plenty of cash on hand as ATM machines, cash registers and credit card readers could be down for a week if the predicted wide-spread power outages hold true.
*Charge up those cell phones, laptops and other battery operated electronics now.
*Get your food supplies in the house Saturday or Sunday morning, as the winds will start to pick up Sunday afternoon. Fill your propane tank for your BBQ grill for outside cooking if the power does go out. While you won’t be cooking outside in the height of the storm, if the power stays out for a week, the BBQ grill will come in handy.
*Stock-up on candles and batteries and if you are lucky enough to have a generator, make sure there’s enough gas in it and keep extra on hand.
*FEMA suggests a kit on hand with food and water (3 day supply). This along with your medication and other items will be helpful if you’re stuck without power for a while. Click here at FEMA for a complete list of things that should go into this kit.
*Secure your property the best you can, make sure anything the wind can pick up is put away. Be mindful about parking your car under trees with dead branches.
*Make a plan for your family to all call one designated friend or family member out of the area of the storm in case the cell phones and house phones go down. Check in with this person and make then the central contact for all family members to check in with once they get to a phone.
*Assemble your family’s disaster preparedness kit. Include important documents, medications and money and have this ready for a moment’s notice if you need to leave the house.
*Make a plan for your four legged family members. Determine an escape route if flooding occurs and find a safe place inside your home for your pets to ride out this storm with you.
*Purchase flood insurance ahead of the storm.
*The best place for up-to-date Hurricane Sandy super storm information is at www.ready.gov. This website gives you the latest news about the storm and tips for preparing from FEMA.
Reference: ABC News, Fox News Live, FEMA