STAY AWAY FROM THE SUBWAY
A green website telling you to avoid public transportation? This will probably be the only time we say this, but don’t go in the subway during the storm – just don’t. Well all know that the MTA’s systems leave much to be desired (a euphemism indeed) and their water drainage system is a frighteningly medieval collection of 700 super-old pumps, some of which were purchased second hand from the builders of the Panama Canal. If you think we’re being dramatic, the MTA may even announce, like it did during Irene, that it is planning to shut down the whole transportation system, including subways, trains, and buses, so we think it’s best if you plan to get around some other way or better yet, find shelter and stay in.
BE A HOARDER
Again, on any normal day we’d never tell you to hoard, but under these special circumstances, we think it makes sense to stock up on food and supplies. Non-perishables like canned soup are preferable for obvious reasons – we recommend the ones with the pull-tab tops in the unlikely, but still horribly frustrating event that something happens to your can opener. As a green website, we still have to push for a Brita or other water filter as a first resort before bottled, but we definitely encourage you to start purifying tap water and saving it in containers right now. You should also make sure you have: batteries, a first aid kit, a whistle, iodine tablets, personal hygiene items, a phone that does not rely on electricity, and child care supplies. Check out more details on how to prepare an emergency preparedness kit here.