Everyone please be safe if you’re affected by the hurricane this week. I’ve seen many people not taking this event seriously; severe weather is nothing to joke about. 60 people have died from this storm already. Please take precautions. In this case, it’s far better to be safe than sorry–or injured or dead.
If you’re in the VA/MD/DC/Delaware areas, it’s a bit late to prepare, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still take precautions. Can’t make it to the store to buy water? Then fill up your bathtub (clean it first); purify a bunch of water and store it in pots and pans or tupperware containers for drinking water; or even fill large ziploc bags with water, put them in the freezer, and then you’ll not only keep your frozen items cold longer in the event of a power outage, but once thawed, you’ve got drinking water. Identify safe areas in your home or apartment where you can go in case of an emergency. For example, if a window breaks in my apartment and the winds are still high, I can go to the innermost area of my apartment and be relatively sheltered, or my newly-emptied coat closet can become a shelter.
Please don’t take risks on this one. I know the weathermen are often wrong and we usually discount their warnings. But I went through Isabel when she hit Maryland in 2003, and I can tell you that was nothing to joke around about. This storm is expected to be worse and cause more damage than Isabel and Irene both, which means this is something you should pay attention to and prepare for. Prepare for the worst while hoping for the best.
Blessings to you all, may you all be safe.