OPC and Hurricane Sandy

October 29, 2012 | by Jocie (email) |

Hey friends! I’m sure you have heard that Hurricane Sandy is headed for the East Coast. She is strong, severe, and of a different magnitude than we have seen before.

We live just west of Baltimore and while we are not expected to get the worst, it doesn’t look good. We expect to lose power, have flooding, have lots of trees down, and probably road closures. I pray this is the worst.

The area school have closed in anticipation, in addition to many businesses. Many people are scared and worried about what Sandy will mean – food, shelter, safety. Important stuff.

We are also preparing. I put it out there on FB – what should we do? Thanks for your input and here is what we have done:

  • Tied down the grill, patio furniture, trashcans
  • Turned freezer and fridge to lowest temperatures
  • Bought gas for cars
  • Secured cash, in case power is down and credit card machines are not useable
  • Made baked goods and stews
  • Bought flashlights, batteries, tap lights
  • Bought several bags of ice, now being stored in our freezer
  • Prepared with library books, games, beer/wine
  • Charged phones, laptops, iPad
  • Prepared with duct tape, cardboard, plastic sheeting in case windows break
  • Consulted for in-depth info

We are preparing for the worst, hoping for the best, and trusting God that he will be present no matter what.

We are likely to be without power which means that DIY and blogging will come to a standstill for awhile. We will keep you updated via FB and twitter feeds while we have power and internet. If we are strangely quiet, remember us and know that we will be back. 🙂

If you are in the path of the storm, let us know, and we will be praying for you too.

What do you do to prepare for a storm? What do you think of Sandy? Are you in her path?

As Always, thanks for reading!

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11 Responses
  1. Christa says:

    We live in PA and are expecting the same as you. Schools have closed for Mon and Tues. Another thing we did was to fill up containers of water for drinking, and our bath tubs to have water to flush toilets and bath with if needed. Fortunately we bought a generator last year after having severe flooding and loss of power for several days. So we also have stored some gas to power that. Best of luck to you!

    • Jocie says:

      We have filled containers for drinking and I need to (but haven’t yet) filled the tub.
      My sister is in PA too. Hope you guys stay safe!

      • Brady says:

        Probably something you’ve already considered… Tub water should only be used for cleaning, cooking (only then if boiled), etc. The standing water will collect dust and other far worse things by being exposed to the tub hardware and the open air. Great water for lots of uses, but don’t drink it. Only drink from closed, clean containers.

        Again, I’m sure this has been considered, but just wanted to mention.

        • Jocie says:

          Thanks Brady! I hadn’t thought about boiling it – great idea. We were planning on using it for flushing toilets if it comes to that. 🙂

  2. Ashley says:

    We spent all day yesterday getting ready! We have plenty of water and firewood for our wood stove, so I think we’re set. I also spent most of the day cleaning and buying craft supplies, so I should be pretty relaxed the next few days 😉

    • Jocie says:

      we don’t have much firewood, but ethan said he would take the saw out back and start cutting trees if it came to that. lol! crafting sounds like a great idea. Where you located Ashley? We’re in Baltimore. Hope you guys stay safe!!

  3. trebor says:

    The only other thing I can really think of is to let loved ones know that you’re prepared but that you may not be able to be in contact with them for a short period but will when you’re able to. You know, keep everyone at ease 🙂

  4. JustME says:

    Sending prayers your way Jocie and all the OPC family. Hoping the weather man is wrong. Remember he doesn’t have a great track record. Ha ha ha.

  5. Johanna B says:

    I grew up in New Orleans and have weathered many storms. Sounds like you are doing all the right things to prepare. I will be praying for you and everyone in her path.

  6. frazzled5 says:

    We are in Atlanta so are not getting anything expect high winds (but in comparison, these are not too high). Prayers for all those in the wake of Sandy.

  7. Eek565 says:

    We weathered the storm pretty well. We didn’t even lose power. I was shocked because we are usually the first to go. Just a lot of sticks and leaves to pick up afterwards!

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