Hurricane Sandy Prep – Ride Her Out Like a Champ

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October 28, 2012 by Darlene McC

Here at Urban Amazon we believe strongly in doing our part to prevent global environmental change; that’s why we’re going to recycle some old information from the pre-Irene post last year.

Unless you’ve been deep in the midst of a gluten-binge coma you probably already know that Hurricane Sandy is going to make a sharp left turn sometime tomorrow and smack into New Jersey.  So now the MTA is shut down and you’re stuck in your neighborhood; just make sure you’re ready.

What’s An Amazon to Do?

Well, for starters, figure out if you’re flood prone!  Use this handy map, courtesy of WNYC, to determine if you’re in an area of the city that could potentially get covered in water.  If you are then you might consider using OKCupid to find yourself a hottie to “shelter” with tomorrow (or just go stay with a friend).

If you’re in an apartment near any construction be aware that boards and materials could become projectiles.  Be ready to move into an interior room should the sh*t start flying.

  • Tell your out of town family your plan! – if cell service and inter-webs are knocked out for a few days you wont be able to tell them where you are and that you’re okay.  Make sure they know your plan ahead of time (and your address)
  • Fill the tub with water – if the power goes out the pumps will stop working and you wont be able to pump up enough water to flush the toilet.  You can pour it into the tank from the tub so you can flush… you can also take a little sponge bath if the power goes out for a few days.
  • Remember your pets – when considering water and if you’ll need extra food and litter
  • Look around your home – this morning we realized: the window next to our bed leeks a little even when it’s just a small storm… we’re going to need to move our bed so it doesn’t get swamped tomorrow.  Any weird little things like that in your apartment?  What about outside?  If we have 90+MPH winds are their things in your yard that could smash your windows or get picked up and slammed into your car?  Maybe tie them down or put them in the basement.
  • Go Get Cash – the ATMs aren’t going to work if the power is out and you’ll want to get more pop tarts after all that stress eating
  • Candles, Flashlight, Board games, a good book, charge your kindle, charge your phone.  There are a lot of little common sense things that come up when you pause for a moment and consider them.  If your power is out for 4 days and the subway isn’t running what will you need to take care of yourself.
  • Make sure your food isn’t perishable – buying milk tomorrow morning would be dumb if the power goes out.  Oatmeal = good idea.
  • Buy gallon jugs of water instead of bottled – bottled is a waste of space and plastic.

A heads up for those in Manhattan: While it’s unlikely that power will “fail”, if Battery Park City starts to flood then ConEd might kill power (they threatened this last year with Irene).

Did I miss anything?  Feel free to post your own.  There will probably be plenty of posts written in the next few days as we all start to get bored… share up!

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