When the wind dies down and the water begins to recede, the power will still be out. Millions of people are and will be living through a bona fide disaster.
There is one thing you will most certainly need -- water. Make sure you have enough. Here are some tips to get through the next few days:
- Do not drink tap water other than what was trapped in your pipes and water heater tank before the storm. Tap water may now be contaminated by floodwater. Purify any water that isn't bottled before you drink it.
- Listen to local news. Turn off CNN and all the rest and tune into local affiliates. You need to know what you need to do right now. Local channels will have information from your hometown authorities and are much more likely to broadcast the nitty gritty details instead of the simply dramatic.
- You're mostly on your own for the next 24-36 hours. There are some emergency services available, but if you're in one of the hardest hit areas, you need to be self-sufficient.
- If the power's out (and it most likely is) keep the freezer closed and only open the fridge if you absolutely must. Keep that cold air in the box where it belongs.
Hurricane Sandy is just beginning. The damage was done in a few hours, but the recovery could take weeks.
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