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How to Prepare for Hurricane Sandy

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As we well know from Irene, a hurricane (or it’s remnants) can be a very damaging and dangerous weather situation. We’ve been through this recently and as a community learned plenty of lessons. Here are some tips for being prepared for Sandy as she approaches the Albany area. 

Supplies You Need:

You should have a few days of supplies on hand at the very least but a week of supplies may be a better option as widespread power outages are a possibility. Your supply list should include:

  • Non-perishable food items in cans and boxes
  • Bottled Water
  • Extra Batteries
  • Radio
  • Flashlight
  • Prescriptions
  • Stocked First Aid Kit
  • Cash (ATMs don’t work without power!)
  • Clean Clothing
  • Toiletries
  • Tarps
  • Download radioPup

Ahead of the storm hitting you should do the following:

  • Go to the store for supplies
  • Charge your phones and mobile devices
  • Put away all lawn furniture and other items in the yard that could become airborne
  • Gas up your vehicle to at least 1/2 tank
  • Check your insurance coverage to make sure you are covered for wind, flooding, or other possible disasters related to Sandy.
  • get important documents put into a portable safe and keep it near the door in the event you have to evacuate


Make sure your pets are taken care of too – many shelters do not accept pets, so ahead of the storm you should find someone to take your animals for a few days.

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