It was just over a year ago when we were preparing for Hurricane Irene to hit our area. As a Midwesterner transplanted to the East Coast, it had been my first time experiencing a Hurricane, and the anticipation frazzled nerves. Luckily our house was spared from damage though many neighbors’ houses were not.
New York ended up missing the brunt of Hurricane Irene’s force, and many complained afterward that people (media, the mayor, you name it) had taken too many precautions and caused too many inconveniences about what amounted to nothing (though there was still loss of lives). We should feel fortunate that it was “nothing,” because had it been “something” everyone would have complained not enough was done.
For Hurricane/Tropical Storm Sandy that’s currently working its way up the East Coast, many people in the area seem more lax about preparations this time around. Perhaps it’s because they thought Hurricane Irene had been overhyped so now they’re desensitized. Or perhaps it’s because weather experts have downgraded Sandy to a tropical storm. No matter what you call Sandy, she’s still expected to sustain 70 mph damaging winds with loss of power almost a given.
Earlier this month I had written about how to prepare a household disaster kit. Little did I know we may actually need to use it – but hoping we won’t need to.
So stay safe and be prepared. The weather is nice today so go to the stores for what’s left of supplies. Let’s hope for the best!