Having lived through hurricanes in Puerto Rico, including Hurricane Hugo which was a category 3-4, I’ve had to go without water and electricity for almost two weeks. It’s not an experience I ever wanted to relive. Living in New York City, I never believed I would have to prepare for one again, but prepare I did.
With the threat of power outages hanging over our heads, I decided I would not risk losing the food I had in my fridge. I made pernil, rice and peas, chicken cutlets, baked chicken, beef and turkey empanadas, and blueberry muffins.
I also went to the store and stocked up on necessities. I purchased 50 bottles of water, 5 gallons of juice, 2 gallons of skim milk, 4 boxes of boxed Milk, 4 boxes of cereal, 4 cans of salchichas, 1 can of Spam, 4 containers of sliced ham,4 containers of sliced turkey, 3 bags of thin sliced wheat bagels, 1 Italian bread, 1 bag of crossants, 2 dozen eggs, 2 boxes of Raisinets, 2 boxes of apple pies, 2 bags of pita chips, 1 20lb bag of organic dog foord, 4 doggie treats, 4 bags of chedder cheese (for dogs-their fave!) and that’s just counting the food!
I also made sure to get ice and fill the tub up with water. Why? Bueno/well, to fill up the toilet tank of course! With 3 humans and 2 dogs, I can not afford to have a non working tiolet in my apartment. The stench would drive me mad, if I didn’t!
I purchased batteries for my flashlight and battery powered radio, charged our 4 laptops, 4 cell phones, 3 iPods and 1 iPad. Knowing my little one was nervous, I also purchased 3 additional handheld hand powered flashlights, books, games and dog toys. I figured this would keep the boys and dogs occupied.
¿Exagera?/ Exaggerator? Maybe… but I rather “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.”
What about you? How did you or have you prepared for Hurricane Irene?
P.S. Because the Sony Bloggie I used to take videos and pictures of midtown SUCKS and deleted everything I had, I have no images to show. I wanted to go back out and use my Canon but my sons almost revolted :(
- Con Ed is still determining if they will shut service down in areas between 2-10am. This is being shut down to save equipment.
- If you live in a highrise above the 10th floor, stay away from the windows.
- Irene is expected to last up to 12 hours in New York City. During that time, you should NOT go outside.
- Transportation has shut down and can take up to 8 hours to bring back up.