Monday, October 29, 2012

Before the Storm

Hi! It’s Jilly. Everyone here is freaking out about the Hurricane Sandy, which is on its way. We live in the Southern Tier of NY, about 3 1/2 hours northwest of NYC, and we are expected to have a lot of rain, high winds, and flooding. There was a storm last September that caused a lot of damage due to flooding and high winds. This storm is predicted to be even worse than that storm was.

U.S. Threat Index


We feel fairly prepared, but stopped by the store on Saturday to pick up a few things just in case, and this is what we found.

No flashlights

No batteries. no batteries

No lanterns or camp lanterns or campstoves

Few diapers

No eggs

No water.

no water bottles 1 no water bottles 2

no water 3

no water sign

No bread

No bananas. Other produce running bananas

These signs seemed to be placed all over the store!  out of stock 

It is so crazy! Guys…seriously…GET YOUR 72 HOUR KITS TOGETHER AND YOUR FOOD STORAGE!! I don’t usually use the caps lock, but this is important! We had friends driving all over town looking for batteries because every store was sold out. All the stores are out of basic necessities. If this is how bad things are before a predicted storm (a super monster storm, yes, but it hasn’t hit yet), then how bad will it be if there is an even bigger disaster?!


For those of you who need it, here is a link to the Red Cross’s Flood Safety Checklist. For those of you who need to figure out what you need to do to get prepared for whatever may happen, here’s a link to Provident Living to help you out. To learn how to make a 72 hr kit, including a checklist and video, go here.


While looking at all this stuff I found a cool website called Stock Up Food. You can plug in what you already have and it will tell you how much you still need in which categories to meet your food storage goals. It saves the foods you add, so it’s a nice way to keep track of what you have, too. You can check out their blog here.


Hopefully things won’t be too bad, but we’ll see. I’m kinda nervous!! My brother-in-law is a lineman (works on power lines), and they sent him and bunch of other lineman out East all the way from Oregon in preparation for the power outages from the storm! Wish us luck and keep everyone on the East Coast in your prayers!


  1. Hope you guys ride out the storm safely! The Wegmans across from our house wasn't so badly cleaned out. The only major thing they cleaned out was the canned baked beans & chili. Two things I'll happily do without. haha!

  2. You guys be safe. We have been thinking about you as we watch the news!

  3. This post is so useful. Thanks for posting this!

    We're in DC and have already felt quite a bit of the storm. High winds, our yard is saturated, and it's dark out at 11:15 am.

    Stay safe!


  4. Wow! That is so crazy!!! Thanks for sharing - it is such a good reminder to get our houses in order. We have a lot of food storage, but are probably running low on batteries again... And I really want to get some good arctic-caliber gear...since we live in Utah and all, and a power outage would be QUITE cold in the winter! You guys stay safe and take care. Have fun riding it out though! {Play a loooong round of Monopoly for me! ;) }

  5. I am definitely praying for all of you in the storm's path. I pray God's protection.

  6. that is crazy! I've never seen such empty shelves!

  7. That is so scary. I hope you and your family are somewhere safe right now!

  8. Wow! You're so right. Goes to show just how important 72 hour kits are. You just never know. :/



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