I hope the forecasters are wrong and that Sandy isn't going to be bad for any of you.
I'm in emergency response in Virginia and I really hope Sandy stays away somehow!
I just watched the world news and it already looks bad in so many places, but, it also looks like a lot of electric repairmen/trucks are on their way to help from many states. Please keep us updated if you can as to how you are doing. I pray you will all be safe and out of harm's way.
I've never heard or seen anything like this before.
It's really scary. I hope they are wrong too.
This storm does sound scary. Stay safe sisters!
As Hurricane Sandy takes aim at New Jersey and other states along the Eastern seaboard, residents living in the storm's projected path should prepare for possible flooding and power outages. Here's some advice from the American Red Cross, New Jersey State Police, utility companies and AAA on being ready for a disaster.
PREPARE YOUR HOME
• Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, hanging plants, bicycles, toys and garden tools, and secure objects that cannot be brought inside, the Red Cross says.
• If time permits and you live in an identified surge zone, elevate furniture or move it to a higher floor to protect it from flooding.
• Put plywood over your home's windows if high winds are predicted in your area.
• If you have a sump pump for your basement, make sure it's working
• If local officials do not advise you to evacuate, stay inside, away from windows, skylights and glass doors.
• Do not use open flames, such as candles and kerosene lamps, as a source of light in case of power or gas outages.
Good tips survivor! Also, have lots of water for drinking, cooking and to flush your toilet. Have batteries for flashlights. Have plenty of water and food for your pets too.
Thanks! There were a lot more on the Red Cross site, but, I thought everyone might want to just go there and see what it said for themselves. There was too much for me to copy and paste here.
Still praying that everyone weathered out the storm safely.
* What will 'secure' objects outside at 50 mph is not the same as at 75 or 100 mph so get it in.
* If you live in an 'identified surge area' - put whatever inside and get the Hades out - good chance the house/building may not survive.
* If putting up plywood be sure it overlaps the sides enough so that the screws are far enough back from the plywood edge that they don't easily be pulled out by the wind. Be sure to seal the joint lines so that wind does not work it's way behind to pull off. Tape windows with masking tape or duct tape to help prevent shattered glass from being wind born if something happens (plywood fails or something hits or whatever).
* If you have a sump pump in addition to it working, you need to know where it pumps to. It can actually be a line to pull water into your basement if the outlet is below the outside/end water level.
* Be very careful if using candles or kero lamps while the assault is on - be it hurricane or blizzard. Be careful with gas/deisel generator also and keep it outside. We do not get hurricanes here but do get blizzards and can be out of power for extended periods so I am ready with kero lamps (most antiques from my SW FL family) and have a very good modern kero heater as we will have temps below 0 F til power is gotten back. My stove is an older gas one that does not require electricity to work so I can cook on top but not bake. Have a battery power carbon monoxide detector so don't have to worry about that.
Have a crank NOAA radio - no electicity/batteries die, a few cranks will get it working. (My emergency one is a very small one I keep in my fly fishing bag which fits in my saddle bags so always have it either when I'm out in the Hills or at home.)
It really surprises me how little so many/most know about what is needed to survive.
Forgot to add - be sure to have Clorox (laundry chlorine bleach) on hand. A few drops in a gallon of water purifies it (you can find on line how many drops.) Or Halazon tablets which also purify. Or boil for 20+ minutes. If you run out of water before the town restores potable/drinkable water
that the forecasters are wrong. I am concerned about my brothers in NJ along with the pink sisters all along the east coast. My thoughts are with you all.
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone on the East coast.
Hunkering down here in MA. Got my water, no school tomorrow even for my college boy who was home for the weekend. We battoned down the hatches and awaiting the wind and rain. Thanks for your concern.
I also heard the natl news and am frightened for all of you in the northeast. What a storm headed that way. Thanks Kylez for posting concern for our sisters in that area. Linda
Thank you Kylez. I can't believe what they are saying about Sandy. The pictures coming in look terrifying. Prayers to all.
the shore here ... but the wind has kicked up quite a bit. It's cold and damp. No rain yet. The reports say the waves are as high as 2 stories! The beaches are going to disappear ... at least, that's how it feels.
I am imagining what I will see when I awake tomorrow morning. It's going to be a nightmare. Very scared at this point.
Thanks for the prayers. The east coast of the USA needs them.
am in Ma too, we are prepared, and I am happy my college kids classes are cancelled although it too the boston child's college too long to cancel. oping everyone rides out the strorm safely!
I'm hoping and praying that you will all be safe!
Wishing safe times for everyone in Sandy's path. xoxoxox Lynn
by media description 'sandy' looks horrific.
Prayers == Vicki Sam
Praying for you all to be safe.
Praying for all of our sisters that are in the way of Sandy.
Northern NJ here we kept power. To much wind I hope everyone else is safe. Will peek out side once the sun comes up
I have been watching this on the news the last few days.Saw alot of pics today of the devastation and saving some who stayed. Makeshift shelters set up all over and many homes,cars boats etc are destroyed. Haven't heard of any lives lost but still could be some.
I wouldn't wait out something like this.Material things don't mean that much to me.It's human and animal life.Even those pesty ra****s and possums that come to my house and eat the food for stray cats.
We have so much more that we will hear about throughout the next few days.
The pictures on the news are so sad. It is just unbelievable! Praying for all of you too!
Glad you've got your power jerseygirl! I hope and pray that everyone else is safe!
I almost can't stop watching the news about Sandy. What destruction! It's good to see some post that they are ok on here.
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It is so good to see some of you East coast pink sisters checking in with us. It is so good to read that you are ok.
I've never seen anything like this before. Praying that everyone is safe.
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Things are pretty rough here. Still no power, cell phone, internet, or water for me or my elderly wheelchair bound parents (and 250,000 other people in Manhattan alone). We are the lucky ones though. No loss of life or property. Nevertheless, things are starting to come around and we are hoping electricity will come back by the weekend. New Yorkers are tough, resillient and savvy. The spirit here is undeniable.
On Rock Center with Brian Williams last night, it showed neighborhoods that are gone. Those poor people, and, I am so sorry for all of you that went through this. Praying tomorrow will bring help for you.
I think it is awful that they are still having the New York Marathon when so many are suffering.
Hi my beautiful ladies - I just got power last night (Wed.). I had lost power on Monday. I am close to zone A so I saw a lot of action. The cars parked outside were flooding in water. The streets had so much water from the ocean, it was crazy. A car caught on fire outside my building, but no one was hurt. The wind was insane. I was so happy when it went away. This was, far far, the worst we've have had in NYC, I think? I come from an island, so I am used to natural disasters, but this was a little too crazy.
I hope everyone made it through safely. I will read the rest of the posts to see how everyone else is doing.
Thank you for checking up on us! XOXO
I'm glad you made it. That was pretty close watching a car burn and the ocean on your street.
I remember living 3 days without power. I had a kerosene lamp and tall candlesticks. It did make me realize what it must have been like in the 19th century to live without electricity. I had a hard time to read in that kind of light. I did have a small gas stove but the charm of having to cook on it was quickly lost. Living without a quick source of water is no fun eit