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How to Prepare for Hurricane Sandy

Posted By Yuka Yoneda On October 29, 2012 @ 8:00 am In Health,Weather | 1 Comment

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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 [6] 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.

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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 [7] 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 [8]), or other electronics store.

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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 [9]. 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 [10], 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.

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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 [11] 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 [12].

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KEEP YOUR WINDOWS CLOSED

This might seem like a no-brainer, but we’re going to tell you anyway. Before the storm hits, make sure your windows are securely closed and if you have anything on your fire escape, balcony or other outdoor area, bring it inside. During the hurricane, stay as far away from your windows as you can and if you’re worried about their structural integrity, you might even want to board them up [13].

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TAKE THE STAIRS

Finally, while it’s important to note that you shouldn’t be moving around anywhere outside of your home during the storm, if you do end up needing to evacuate or walk around for some other reason, do not take the elevator. If the power does end up going out, being stuck inside of a metal box for hours is obviously not going to be fun, so play it safe and just don’t risk it.

We hope you follow our tips to get you through Sandy unscathed, but if you want even more information, check out this pamphlet [14] on nyc.gov.


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[5] Hurricane Sandy is charging our way: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/hurricane-sandy-alert-frankenstorm-may-ruin-halloween/

[6] the entire map here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/downloads/pdf/hurricane_map_english.pdf

[7] hand crank radio: http://www.amazon.com/American-ARCFR160R-Microlink-Self-Powered-Flashlight/dp/B001QTXKCE

[8] here is a list of locations in NYC: http://www.google.com/products/details?q=brookstone+hand+crank+radio&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&docid=15598968249417468351&sa=X&ei=cetWTpH6DMPo0QHW8aCNDA&ved=0CDoQqgwwAw

[9] purchased second hand from the builders of the Panama Canal: http://gizmodo.com/5834510/new-yorks-subway-may-not-survive-nicole-irene

[10] MTA may even announce, like it did during Irene, that it is planning to shut down the whole transportation system: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/08/25/2011-08-25_before_hurricane_irene_hits_new_york_to_shut_down_entire_transportation_system_p.html

[11] water filter: http://inhabitat.com/tag/water-filter/

[12] here: http://www.ready.gov/america/getakit/index.html

[13] board them up: http://blog.nola.com/karengist/2008/09/boarding_up_the_windows_before.html

[14] this pamphlet: http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/downloads/pdf/hurricane_brochure.pdf

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