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October 27, 2012; 10:00 PM ET

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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