Baltimore vs. Hurricane Sandy

People shoveling sand into bags for Sunday night.

I know that more than a handful of people stateside are having their travel plans postponed. Thousands of flights in and out of the country have been cancelled! 50 million people are estimated to be affected by Hurricane Sandy! I ended up in Fells Point yesterday, watching people rush home and make sure their car is safe. I am hearing sirens more than usual today, I even saw snow flakes mixed in with the rain. So what does a signature Baltimore Hurricane preparedness plan look like? Here are some observations from a newbie:

Get your flashlights, water and batteries early! Those soccer moms I was smirking at two or three days ago were on to something. As of Sunday night, finding a flashlight became a scavenger hunt. Soccer moms everywhere are having the last laugh.

Cook Food for several days–stuff that doesn’t need to be heated up. Locals have told me that power might take days rather than hours to restore.

Blockade your door. The pictures below show what more seasoned residents are trying to do, using sandbags to prevent their doors from the harsh weather.

Catch up on your favorite shows. I’m using this unexpected holiday to watch Season 6 of Sex and the City and Magic Mike (go ahead, laugh) especially since even getting a latte from Starbucks is out of the question.

Hose down. Take a shower. Baltimore General Electric will have their hands full for quite a while and a hot shower isn’t possible without power.

Listen to your leaders. If they say stay home, stay in. If there is a mandatory evacuation in your area, by all means go! They say this to protect you and your family, not to sit back in their executive chairs and laugh at the news stations showing traffic jams a couple of hours later.

Keep your head on. See image below:

I am sitting here waiting for high tide tonight. What advice do you have for East Coast folks hunkered down today? Stay dry!

storefronts preparing

4 thoughts on “Baltimore vs. Hurricane Sandy”

  1. I have never experienced anything like preparing for a hurricane. Closest experience has been being snowed in or staying in the basement during a tornado. It is interesting to see that Storm preparedness is just another part of life for some places.

    1. For me, it’s a mix of trying to pretend I am calm and waiting for something more exciting to happen. Definitely all part of the adventure!

  2. An adventure you won’t soon forget. It’ll scare the living daylights out of you while it’s raging. It’ll tire you beyond all reasoning getting back to normal after it’s over. The bright side? You’ll have “bragging rights” to personal stories for the rest of your life (far much better than your various medical problems). How do I know? Been there, done that here on the gulf coast since Camille in 1969. Did I ever tell you about Katrina?

    1. Jim, you went through Katrina!? That must have been completely exhausting. Being a Gulf Coast resident, you are a seasoned expert by now. It’s probably comparable to welcoming heavy snow in Michigan–just part of the routine. Thanks for sharing!

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