Here's some things to remember in preparing for and dealing with Sandy:
Keep some cash on hand in case the ATMs have no power. How much will depend on your situation. Give it some thought.
Aside from being sure you have enough food and water to get by for several days, be sure you have a way to cook the food and keep the food from spoiling ... or just have nonperishable food.
Study and/or print out food safety rules, so you have some idea of what's good and what's not.
Don't forget food for the pups, kitties, and other critters around the house, and also litter for the animals that need it. If the animal usually stays outdoors, you might want to give it a bath right before the storm hits.
Be sure you have good ventilation for that camp stove you might be using, and for the generator if you're using one. Generators are best kept outside. Don't forget to have enough fuel for it, and for your car, too.
You might want to have your laundry all done before the storm. You don't want to have to run that generator to wash clothes unless you have to.
If you don't have pictures of your stuff, take a few minutes to take pictures for insurance purposes.
Take one last shower just as it's getting bad (assuming there's no lightning at the time). That way if the power goes out, you're clean for a while.
Test stuff before the storm, so you're sure it works and so you're sure you know how to use it.
Prepare for cabin fever, too. You may want a way to keep the gadgets charged, some fresh books on your shelf, and in the wake of the storm start the cleanup with making a safe area for your family to stretch their legs.
After the storm, remember to treat any downed power line as live. Leave it be and let the crews handle it.
If you have any other suggestions for storm prep that are beyond the standard recommendations and very helpful, leave it in a comment below.
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Here's an update on the severe storm and tornado risk for the first part of the week. Behind the stormy weather, it will turn colder again.
A powerful storm will bring severe storms to parts of the South though the first part of the workweek, then much colder air arrives behind the storm. Opportunities for snow and ice will follow.
Warmer air will spread over the South this weekend and early next week while a powerful storm forms over the Southwest. This storm will cause a severe weather outbreak over a large part of the South next week, including tornadoes.
A storm and front converging on Florida will generate thunderstorms, some severe with lots of rain, through Thursday. Otherwise, we're heading into a quiet and warm spell that will last into early next week.
The blizzard still hitting parts of the South is winding down for us and behind it we will be quiet the next few days, giving us time for cleanup. We're still watching for a storm late next week but odds seem against much snow with it now.
A large chunk of the South will see snow, ice and high wind through Saturday while severe weather threatens some others. Behind it, there will be a few quiet days but we're seeing potential for another winter storm in a week. Batten y'all's hatches (words with two apostrophes, that's what I like about the South).