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.
GET TO HIGHER GROUND
We New Yorkers are known to be brave, but sometimes the smart thing to do is to just abandon ship. As you can see from this evacuation map of the city, many areas (in white) are going to be okay in terms of flooding, but to be on the safe side, carefully examine the entire map here or call 311 to get the scoop on whether it’s safe for you to stay in your home during the storm. If you live above the 10th floor in an apartment building, you should also plan to stay with family or friends.
CRANK IT UP
When inclement weather strikes, keeping on top of the news is of the utmost importance, but storms are also notorious for causing power outages that make it impossible to watch the news – cruel irony! Well guess what? You can beat the game by having a hand crank radio on hand. It doesn’t matter if your electricity is totally out (speaking of which, having a hand crank flashlight around would probably be nice as well), as long as you or a loved one have the strength to muster up a few twists of a handle, you’ll be in the know about evacuations and breaking news. Hopefully, you already own one of these uber-useful radios, but if not check for them at your local Brookstone (here is a list of locations in NYC), or other electronics store.