Last Minute Preps for Hurricane Sandy
It was the Thursday before Sandy was coming to town, and I had a bad feeling. I grew up on Long Island and if I ran out and lost my mind every time the news said a killer storm was heading my, I would be in an institution. For some reason this storm just seemed different and I felt the need to run out and do some last minute preps.
On Friday afternoon I scoured mid-Suffolk county for a generator and none were to be found. I was everywhere Harbor Freight, Home Depoet, Lowes, and even Auto Zone. I did find one place that had them but $4000 for a Honda 6500i seemed way to much to spend on a bad feeling. I’m friendly with the guy at the Home Depot tool department and he whispered to me to be back before 6AM the next day and I would have one. I picked up an 800 watt Black and Decker inverter as a back-up plan. When I was there you couldn’t find a gas can, case of water, or any stuff to hook a generator up. I got up at 5:30 stopped for the paper and a cup of coffee and was at Home Depot by 5:45. People were starting to line up and I made the decision that I wasn’t going to get caught up in a mad dash for a generator and a scuffle just wasn’t worth it. Hurricane Irene taught us to go without electricity if we had to and we have enough camping gear to see us through. I walked up to the door and was greeted by the sight of 30 6000W gennys. I got mine on a cart and by the time I checked out at 6:15 they were all gone. I had wanted a generator for a while and after Irene my wife was telling me to just do it but, a big purchase like that is hard to pull the trigger on. I had my cousin over to wire it in and give me a crash course on generator basics the day before the storm hit. We were actually working in the drizzle that preceded the storm, talk about cutting it close.
I took a chance on the supermarket as well. I walked in thinking I would grab a few last minute items and was treated to the sight of bare shelves. I picked up a few packets of yeast, a 5lb bag of white rice (we had just run out in the pantry and I wasn’t cracking open a 5 gallon pail if I could help it), and some pasta. Watching the people scramble was a bit of a trip. I saw carts full of frozen food, this did blow my mind just a little bit as during Irene we lost power just a few minutes into it.
BJ’s was no better but I did get to see a woman and her kids leave with a case of Peligrino water and a Sharper Image survival kit! I swear to God and have my wife as a witness!
Well there you have the last minute preps that I was able to go out and secure with the Storm of the Century bearing down on us.
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