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Hurricane Preparedness for New Englanders

Hello New England!  I’ve heard that there is a hurricane headed your way.  That sucks.  You should probably prepare for that.

But wait, you say.  I have never prepared for a hurricane before!  I don’t know what to do!

Ahahahaha.  You silly people.  Don’t worry, I’m here to save you from the winds.

Oh, wait.  I’m in Missouri.  Okay.  I’ll just tell you what to do.

First off, don’t panic.  When the storm hits New England, it’s going to be a Cat 2 at most.  Cat 2’s are not that scary.  I have slept through Cat 2’s, and chances are it will be less by the time it arrives.

Your biggest threat is the fact that there’s a good chance the power’s going to be knocked out.  I wouldn’t be worried about breaking windows or flooding, but being without power gets annoying, especially if it’s for a long time.  For this reason alone, consider evacuating with your pets/taking some vacation time.  It might not be worth it to stay.

Should you decide to stay, though, do the following:

1. Go grocery shopping, get non-perishable food.  You’re going to want to clear out your fridge ASAP if the power goes out, but if it stays off for a while, you’re going to be happy you purchased some food that doesn’t go bad.

2. Go out and purchase a couple of gallons of water.  Or fill a few gallon jugs with water.  Aside from the obvious need for drinking water, chances are your water isn’t going to be running.  That means there’s a decent chance your toilet won’t fill up.  See the problem?

3. Candles, flashlights, and batteries.  Bumbling in the darkness sucks.

4. Stay inside.  Seriously, I shouldn’t have to put this down, but just because it’s weak doesn’t make it not a HURRICANE.  Put a wall between you and the storm!

Take a good look at your city’s storm preparedness.  I don’t think there’s much to be concerned about the actual storm itself, but the aftermath could be nasty.  Power might be out for a long time and roads may take forever to clear.

Also, drink.  Drinking is important for hurricanes.  It’s a New Orleans tradition.

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