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Preparing for Hurricane Sandy

Updated on October 29, 2012
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Jeannie has been writing online for over 8 years. She covers a wide variety of topics—anything from hamsters to office work.

Here she comes!

Photo taken thanks to the Weather Channel
Photo taken thanks to the Weather Channel | Source

Frankenstorm is on its way!

A few days ago, people started talking about something called Frankenstorm. As usual, I assumed the news was being melodramatic and people needed a clever name for an impending storm. I had bigger fish to fry and focused on work instead. Basically, I ignored anything as ridiculous as "Frankenstorm." However, this storm refuses to be ignored. Her name is really Sandy is she is out to get the east coast.

I finally decided to take Frankenstorm seriously when customers started calling us at work and asking if we were about to close. I checked the Weather Channel's website and indeed, there was Hurricane Sandy. I looked at the path the storm was expected to take and guess where the forecasters felt this little monster was going to hit? It was set to hit the middle of the east coast. I live in Maryland, so you can imagine just how... umm... "interested" I was to learn more.

Hurricane Sandy is supposed to be a historic storm. Due to the way the tides are going to come in and the strong winds, it is expected to be the worst storm we've seen in many years. We are expecting power outages, strong winds, and possibly even snow! Apparently, this storm is like a combination of a nor'easter and a hurricane. Wow. Can I move to Arizona now?


To vote or not to vote?

To top off all the fun I am obviously going to have this weekend preparing for Hurricane Sandy, it is Early Voting Weekend in Maryland. For those of us that can't make it out to vote on Election Day, we have the option of voting this weekend at specific locations. Since I do not have the most flexible schedule at work, it seemed like the right idea to go vote today. While waiting in line for hours, that idea started to seem like it was not such a great plan after all.

When I could have been hanging out in a grocery store or Walmart freaking out about supplies, I was instead standing in line for hours while experiencing the winds getting stronger. You know, it is one thing to hear about Hurricane Sandy, but I really feel like standing in a painfully long line that wraps all the way around an entire administrative building on a college campus gives me that true Sandy experience.

After spending my entire morning on a voting adventure, it is time to really get down to business with my new buddy that is coming to visit soon, Sandy. If you live anywhere on the east coast, you should start to get prepared, too. I can't say I am willing to call this thing Frankenstorm just yet, but it is better to be safe than sorry.

State of Emergency

As of 3:00 PM on Saturday, October 27, 2012, these states have already declared States of Emergency:

  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Maryland
  • Washington, DC
  • Virginia
  • Pennsylvania

Make sure to be prepared...


Stock up on supplies!

If you are preparing for a hurricane, make sure to have these items on hand:

  • First Aid Kit
  • Food that does not need to be heated or refrigerated
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Battery operated radio
  • Water (1 gallon of drinking water per person per day)
  • Blankets
  • Towels in case windows begin to leak
  • Candles
  • Matches
  • Sand bags in case you live in an area likely to flood
  • Masking tape for windows
  • Boards for windows if you live close to the ocean
  • Buckets of water for flushing toilets

Stuff I am doing this weekend...

I already went to the grocery store yesterday. Even though I needed to go anyway, I did stock up on a few extra things. I did buy more milk than usual and more fruits than usual. I already have food that does not need to be heated, so I am hoping that will be enough if I do lose power, which is expected.

When purchasing food in preparation for a disaster, you should try to get food that does not need to be refrigerated, and if possible, food you will not have to cook. Some suggestions are:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Pop Tarts
  • Granola Bars
  • Cereal Bars
  • Bread
  • Peanut Butter
  • Crackers
  • Snacks
  • Pudding, applesauce, and fruit cups

Even if you do lose power, your refrigerator can still keep food cold for about 24 hours or even longer if you have plenty of ice. For this reason, one of my major activities this weekend is making lots of ice. If you have an icemaker, turn it on as soon as possible and keep it on. Keep filling up containers with ice. If you have plenty of ice and lose power for a few days, it is still likely you can keep all or most of your food. If you do not have an icemaker, you can opt to buy bags of ice now and store them, or you can be creative. Place plastic cups full of water in your freezer so they can freeze right now while you still have power.

In many cases, you will need extra water on hand. In some homes, you can't even flush the toilet if the power goes out. Make sure to fill water bottles and pitchers full of fresh water. I will also be filling up buckets with water since I know I will not be able to flush the toilet in my apartment building if we lose power.

I am also about to have what I would like to describe as a "charging adventure" at my home. I am all about having electricity. I know some people like to conserve their power and good for them. For me, I like my TV on at all times when I am home. I enjoy using my computer and sometimes, even using my Kindle Fire at the exact same time I am using the computer. I love electricity. If and when I lose the electricity, I am going to be a very sad person. To prevent me from experiencing major depression, I am going to charge my cell phone, laptop, Kindle Fire, MP3 player, and portable DVD player very soon. I will also periodically charge them throughout the weekend as long as I have electricity.

Finally, I've done some inventory as far as flashlights and candles go. Since I am a big Yankee Candle addict, I have plenty of candles on hand. It will probably smell like Christmas in here since many of my old candles are holiday candles. I also got very lucky with flashlights and batteries. There was a big sale on batteries last weekend and I happened to get a giant pack of AA batteries. Make sure to check your batteries right now. If you do not have enough, get out as soon as possible to purchase them. I heard there is already a shortage on batteries and flashlights. Waiting the last minute is not going to be helpful to you in this situation!

As you can tell, my weekend is pretty much one big hurricane adventure for me. I believe in planning in advance. I would recommend everyone else doing the same. Also, I want to wish everyone on the east coast the best of luck in dealing with this storm. You might not hear much from me after Sunday. If I lose power, I won't have internet access. My butt is not going out of this apartment during Hurricane Sandy's visit either to find WiFi service! You won't see me go flying by your windows anytime soon!

Copyright ©2012 Jeannieinabottle

Sunday, October 28, 2012 - I will call this photo: "Last minute shopping panic at 10 in the morning."

I discovered I was out of butter and that my peanut butter expired 6 months ago.  I went back out this morning and it wasn't that bad.  There are still AA and AAA batteries at Shoppers.
I discovered I was out of butter and that my peanut butter expired 6 months ago. I went back out this morning and it wasn't that bad. There are still AA and AAA batteries at Shoppers. | Source

Sunday, October 28, 2012 - These photos are called, "This is going to be super gross with rain, wind, and maybe snow... thanks Sandy!"


Hey Sandy by Polaris


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  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Hi Jamie! I am doing OK. The storm wasn't as bad in my area as it was in many other areas. I had some leaks, but that was no big surprise. Thank you for your concern and thanks for the comment!

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    Jamie Brock 

    7 years ago from Texas

    Jeannie- Hope all is well with you.. keep us updated :) I'm glad you were able to be prepared when the storm hit!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I feel especially terrible for people in NY and NJ. It really hit them hard. I am so glad Hurricane Sandy will be gone soon. Thanks for your comment!

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    7 years ago

    This monster is creating huge damage to NJ and other states too .. I hope and pray that all people should remain safe.! God bless.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thank you both! I haven't even had to eat the Pop Tarts yet. :-) I still have electricity, although it is blinking now.

  • DeborahNeyens profile image

    Deborah Neyens 

    7 years ago from Iowa

    Stay safe, Jeannie! Glad to hear you are hunkering down with a supply of Pop Tarts. : )

  • AudreyHowitt profile image

    Audrey Howitt 

    7 years ago from California

    Be safe!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    rcrumple - Kentucky sounds like a really nice place to be right about now. Whenever it snows, I wish I could move to Arizona. Now this storm has given me one more reason to want to move! Thanks so much!

    Faith Reaper - Thank you so much! The storm is hitting hard right now, but I still have power. Sandy is supposed to get so much worse later today though. Can't wait for this to end!

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    Faith Reaper 

    7 years ago from southern USA

    Excellent hub of getting prepared for this "monster" no doubt. I am praying Psalm 91 for protection over all in the affected 800 mile area, and all those here on HP too, as there are many. Praying the Lord will move this one away.

    Voted Way UP

    God bless you. Keep safe. In His Love, Faith Reaper

  • rcrumple profile image


    7 years ago from Kentucky

    There are times one enjoys being in Kentucky. They are far and few between, but this is one of them. I wish you much luck in dealing with this monster. Stay safe!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Hi Ruchira, this is Jeannie, but thank you for the well wishes. So far, so good... just a lot of rain right now. Thanks for the comment!

    lambservant, yes, I hope I will be able to write that hub soon enough. I can't wait for this storm to end. Thanks for your comment!

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    Lori Colbo 

    7 years ago from Pacific Northwest

    Looking forward to your followup How I Survived Hurricane Sandy. Stay safe.

  • Ruchira profile image


    7 years ago from United States

    I see you have prepared well, Janine.

    Wishing you and your family (adorable girls) to stay safe and i am sure you will have enough bonding time with them during that time and I get to read it all on your blog :)

    You and your family will be in my prayers! best wishes!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    fpherj48 - I hope you are right and Sandy does not pay you a visit. Since the hurricane is pretty wide, I am assuming you will at least get some rain or maybe some snow. I hope you don't have to dig into the emergency closet, but at least it is good to know it is there. Thanks for your comment!

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    7 years ago from Carson City

    Jeannie...Yes, I'd say that people in many places are preparing and trying not to panic. The news has been non-stop. My husband has been carefully watching and listening........although, we should be fairly ignored by Sandy (HOPE)...we're on the far west of NY....on Lake Erie to be exact......and there are some reports about possibly feeling "effects" there have been no startling or alarming warnings for us.... I hope you feel safe and confident....and have no serious issues with Sandy.

    In our case.....because of the annual possibility of crippling snow and ice storms...we keep an emergency closet....filled with the necessities.....I figure we can hole-up for at least a week before we wither away!......UP-++++

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Nell Rose - I hope the forecasters are just simply getting excited over nothing like they do sometimes. I just walked to Shoppers and the wind is starting to gust now. It is still not bad yet though. Hope she just blows through quickly with very little damage! Thanks for your comment!

    lizyetter - I just went to the grocery store for last minute supplies and I was surprised to see it was not too bad. They were completely out of bottled water, but pretty good with everything else. I guess everyone went yesterday, since today did not seem bad. Glad to hear you are already done with grocery shopping. Good luck to you!

    carter06 - Thanks so much! I hope Sandy gets out of here as quickly as possible.

    Denise Handlon - I am so relieved voting is over for me, too. I think Hurricane Sandy just added an extra special touch to this occasion. Hehe. Hurricane Irene was just so windy and awful. I hope Sandy is not as bad although they are saying it will be worse... she is even bringing snow! Shesh! Thanks for your comment!

    efeyas - I hope you get off the island safely. I know it is supposed to hit New Jersey pretty hard. I hope you don't get flooded too much and this ends quickly. Thank you for your comment and stay safe!

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    7 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA

    We are on mandatory evacuation here at the jersey shore in cape may! We will be leaving shortly to get off the barrier island. Praying we don't get flooded too much. Useful tips, thanks!!'

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    Denise Handlon 

    7 years ago from North Carolina

    Very important info here. Glad I already voted. It's been blowing and raining, but don't think we'll be getting to much our way. Not like Hurricane Irene! That caused a ton of damage in our area and I wrote a hub about that one. Thanks for sharing.

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    7 years ago from Cronulla NSW

    Good advice in this one Jeannie and really hope and pray that you guys over there will be OK...cheers

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    Elizabeth Yetter 

    7 years ago from Oley, PA

    The grocery stores were swamped today. I am so thankful I went grocery shopping earlier in the week. The trick is to always be prepared for the worst. Then you can avoid the last minute panic.

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    Nell Rose 

    7 years ago from England

    Great advice Jeannie, and good luck, hopefully it will be a storm in a bottle so to speak! sorry couldn't resist! lol! seriously though I am watching it on tv when they show it, nell

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks so much for the advice. I don't have a cooler, but it looks like I do have to go out again tomorrow. I might get one if there is anything left. I am hoping there will still be some D batteries, but I doubt it. At least 2 of my flashlights take AA batteries, so I should be good. Thank you!

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    Cindy D Whipany 

    7 years ago

    If you have a cooler, half-fill it with ice and add one day's worth of refrigerated food, such as water, milk or fruit. It will take a day for the ice to completely melt, and you will open the fridge door a few times less -- hopefully preserving the contents just a bit longer. Also, put one large bowl of ice into the fridge section.

    Good luck to you!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Alecia, this was the first day we were able to start voting in Maryland. i was shocked by the line, too. It was all the way around the whole building. It just goes to show, people really do not have the time to vote in the middle of the week on Election Day. If people have more time to vote, they will do it. It is good to hear the storm is not too bad in your state. I am hoping the forecasters are getting excited over nothing just like usual. Thanks for the comment and be safe!

    Janine, thanks so much for your comment and I will be thinking of you, too. I heard NY is supposed to be hit pretty hard. I hope they are wrong!

    lovedoctor926, I am pretty sure if the storm has spared you so far, you are OK now. And yes, this stupid storm is going to ruin Halloween. Thanks for the votes!

    MartieCoetser, yes, this is the scariest Halloween story of all! I can't wait for Sandy to go away! Thanks for the votes!

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    Martie Coetser 

    7 years ago from South Africa

    Gosh, this is scary - true Halloween!

    Voted up, informative and positively preparing for Hurricane Sandy :)

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    7 years ago

    Thanks for the update on Frankenstorm. I hope that it doesn't threaten South Florida nor the Halloween festivities. Hurricane Sandy AKA Frankenstorm. Voted up useful, interesting and funny!

  • Janine Huldie profile image

    Janine Huldie 

    7 years ago from New York, New York

    We are in NY and we also are told that this is going to be a bad storm. Just hoping and praying right now that they are somehow wrong. But I wil say this be careful and am thinking of you Jeannie.

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    Alecia Murphy 

    7 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

    I'm in NC but so far all we have is wind and rain. The wind isn't that bad and the rain is sporadic but you're right if you watch the news you'd think we're in line for alot more damage. But at least everyone is prepared.

    That's interesting about your early voting in MD. Here in NC we've been able to early vote from October 18th through November 3rd. I went on the first day and was astounded by the line.

    But I know you're glad everything's taken care of and you're good to go. Good luck and stay safe!


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