So as you may have been hearing for the past few weeks, savvy New Yorkers, NJ residents, and anyone unlucky to be in Sandy’s path of malevolent tropical wrath have been preparing to hunker down for what is affectionately being referred to as ‘frankenstorm’. Having witnessed crazy lines at Food Emporium, Whole Foods, and Joe’s I can say that most of the upper west side of Manhattan seems to have prepared for the rest of the year in hurricane supplies: even our corner store is devoid of all its candles and peanut butter. So what do you actually need now that Sandy has landed? If you still have power and water, go ahead and do these things before you get too comfy:
- Fill your bathtub with water. Even if you are in the most lux apartment on the island, be sure to at least fill your bathtub just in case you lose the ability to flush your toilet. Trust me, the one thing you do not want to run out of is running water. If you do lose running water, at least now you have some water to use.
- Find some candles and matches, and keep them nearby. While you still have daylight, be sure to keep some candles and matches nearby in case you lose power at night. That way when you have to find things or fix things because of the heavy winds or any flooding you can actually see where you are going.
- If your power goes out and kills your fridge, have a feast. If your fridge stops working, go ahead and treat yourself to an early dinner / late lunch and eat anything that will go bad quickly. No reason to waste food.
I would say go get non-perishables, stock up on wine, or even get canned things but at this point you’ve missed the window on that one. If you have some bread and jam you’re probably going to be just fine. Don’t eat it all at once though, in case you actually do find yourself in some weather trouble.
Stay safe! If all this talk about Sandy is getting you down check out some of the hilarious parody twitter handles lightening the mood with tweets like:
“I MOVE MAH BODY LIKE A CYCLONEEEEEE.” and “IF UR HAVING WEATHER PROBLEMS I FEEL BAD FOR YOU SON I GOT 99MPH WINDS AND IMA GIVE YOU SOME.”