Friday, September 9, 2011

What to do when the storm hits

I live to the south and west of Boston and have some "lessons learned" to share as a consequence of our recent experiences with Irene.

  1. When you decide that the storm is going to cause a loss of power, go buy ice as soon as you can!     And then buy some more for your neighbors and friends.
  2. It's really nice to have a battery operated radio and candles.
  3. Plan to use your barbeque to cook up your thawing foods - and you can boil water on it too!
  4. Cold showers get old.  Because we have an oil-fired furnace that also heats our water, I learned how to hook the furnace up to an external generator. It's really not too bad.
  5. If you want to use your cellphone and other devices after the power goes out, make sure you've charged them!  
Pretty short list.

Good luck!

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