OMG! A hurricane is going to hit New York City! AGGHGHH!!!

Okay, I believe the whole thing is a bit overblown in the media. Presently, Hurricane Earl is expected to go past the eastern end of Long Island, assuming it doesn’t change course too drastically. But those of us along Southern Brooklyn’s coast still need to worry, as we’re likely to get hit by swelled storm surges, riptides and high winds, a dangerous combination for those in our coverage area. Remember that Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Gravesend, Brighton Beach and Marine Park are all flood zones.

Though I don’t think we’ll have any of that roof-ripping action and dangerous tidal waves slamming down our doors, I do think some muddy streets and flooded homes are a possibility. Along with that can come power outages and water contamination. So here are a few things you should do to prepare for the storm:

  • Secure your outdoor items. Take a look around your property. Garbage cans and loose items should be brought inside. Larger items should be secured to something and weighed down. You might even want to consider removing propane tanks from grills and bringing them indoors.
  • Move valuables away from windows, and put important documents and medications in waterproof containers.
  • Stock up. Get at least a week’s worth of canned foods and bottled water. A case of water is just a couple of bucks, and it won’t go to waste if no storm strikes.
  • Buy batteries and a handheld am/fm radio and flashlight. For those who want to go the extra mile, get a crank powered radio and flashlight.
  • Go through your cell phone and write down all of your important contact numbers. Also purchase a wired home phone if you don’t have one – cordless phones do not work without power.
  • Fill your car’s gas tank, and check with family to make sure you have a place to go in a worst-case scenario.
  • Prepare a first aid kit.

There’s plenty more tips available from the National Hurricane Center that should be considered. And, of course, make sure to check on your neighbors, especially if they’re seniors or disabled.

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  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    It’s not going to be anything like we went through in March.

    But there is always the next one to worry about, and the one after that………

    They say that we will get the killer storm we fear. It’s just a matter of when.

  • nolastname

    Hope for the best, be prepared for the worse. TY Ned

  • Whwsailboat

    What????? What if I can’t get on the web!!!!! What will I do, What will I do!!!! A weeks worth of canned food? Am I made of money? I heard millions will be without power, better get a generator! What’s a hand held radio? What is the best station to listen to when you sit in the dark eating canned food for a week? Oldies or new age?, OMG!!!!!

  • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

    Definitely new age…

  • nolastname

    I have my crank-up Marlboro flashlight. Still in the box. LOL

  • Local Broker

    I would like to hear Eddies opinion on this one if no one minds.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    Do we have a choice?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    No Oldies. We might have to get used to 1954 again.

  • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

    I’m sure he’ll tell us to investigate where the hurricane got its money from.

  • http://www.njluxurymotors.com Arthur Borko

    Preparing for a major Hurricane is very similar to preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse.

    Make sure you’re stocked with food and water to last a long time, barricade all entrances, exits, and windows, and make sure you’ve got lots of guns and ammunition. A flame thrower couldn’t hurt too.

  • Anonymous

    i’m amazed Eddie hasnt responded yet

  • RocknRoll

    Guns and flame thrower… Hmm… I’ll see if I have it in my sock drawer…

  • Local Broker

    First he will tell us where a hurricane comes from. Then how it travels. Then he will reply to himself to tell himself how they weaken. And maybe he will tell us about the conspiracy behind these acts of nature. Oh i almost forgot he will then fix your list of things to do because obviously you have no idea what you are talking about.

  • http://www.njluxurymotors.com Arthur Borko

    Yep, If NYC ever gets hit by a Katrina Level event I’m raiding Stop and
    Shop, Pathmark and Waldbaums Zombies be damned!

  • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

    Okay… now we’re all beating up on poor Eddie a bit much. He’s as welcome to post here as any of you are. Some etiquette would be nice, though…

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    Don’t you mean “He’s as welcome to post here as MUCH as any of you are”? Accumulatively, I mean. And he’s making up for lost time as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=665079815 Allan Berkovitz

    …and don’t forget to aim for the head… oh, nevermind, it’s just a hurricane, no actual zombies…

  • Anonymous

    Speaking of posting, how does one get on the “People” tab (the one next to “Recent” and “Popular”)?
    Not that any of us will catch up to Lisanne on that tab any time soon, but still its a “badge of honor” of sorts…

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

      Hmmm, I would have thought that you would have more comments by now.

      Give yourself an avatar, and maybe then you’ll show up in people.

      Some of the people who do show up have less posts than you. And a few have not posted in ages.

      And don’t worry, at the rate Eddie is going he’ll leave me in the dust in a couple of weeks.

  • nolastname

    Where can I get a list of shelters?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    http://home2.nyc.gov/html/oem/downloads/pdf/hurricane_map_english.pdf

    That’s the map, and it shows where the evacuation centers are. None of them are easy to get to from here without a car. The closest is FDR High School.

  • Eddie Green

    If you ask Al Gore, Global Warming will cause a lot of problems in Mother Nature…

    Regarding the money and natural disasters.

    I just follow FACTS.

    Why does your mortgage require you to buy floor insurance?

    (8 years ago, I didn’t even know what is floor insurance. Was never required by the mortgage company). Than i get letters to buy flood insurance for the properties OR the bank will buy it for me and charge it on my mortgage…

    Flood insurance have been increasing in price EVERY year.

    It used to be cheaper than homeowners insurance…

    According to the FACTS, not me.
    Insurance companies are expecting a 100 year flood…

    I saw a house in Sea Gate fall down in the 80ss..

    You want to play hardball.. Think Globally…
    Look at Venice Italy under water
    Also, the way American homes are build is NOT like other countries..
    We use Sheetrock ( paper walls ) , other countries use CONCRETE and stone and stronger material…

    I have never seen traitor parks till coming to the USA and the wind can DO THEM A FAVOR and blow them away

    • Local Broker

      Im good. I dont need “floor” insurance.

      • Eddie Green

        Local Broker,

        If all you got from this is the mis-spelling of floor and flood that is very sad

        very sad.

        Do you pay flood insurance?

        Do you know the way insurance companies evaluate risk and price premiums? ( they are using 100 year flood on nyc as a data to increase rates)

        Do you know that insurance companies don’t cover acts of G-d , natural disasters, acts of terror, mold?

        Do you know that when a major event happens and insurance companies have to pay a lot of money, they many not have it… And need Govt help?

        Do you know that when these events happen ( for example, Katrina )
        Pets get abandoned?
        price of oil increases and when oil increases, everything else increases?
        real estate value drops?
        people become MILLIONAIRES to get govt contracts to re-build?
        and who gets those contracts?
        insurance companies have MAJOR Lobby power in politics to change laws?
        Venice Italy has a major water problem?

        NYC can learn a lot by the way Venice Italy will solve the flooding problem?

  • Eddie Green

    Hello Fellow SheepShead BITERS…

    Some of you know how to BITE off a finger or some other things….

    I feel bad for Natural Disasters because I know that Mother Nature has a lot of power …. I would not want to mess with Mother Nature…

    This link MAY help to understand how they are formed..
    FLORIDA has more to worry than NYC.

    You may also use google, how are hurricanes formed animation or something like that
    But, if you have yahoo stock, use yahoo… Yahoo needs your support as google is kicking its ass…
    Unless someone deletes the l
    ink, here it is…

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4588149.stm

  • Eddie Green

    Look at the economy,

    MOST times a major Natural Disaster is coming,

    People run to the super market and SHOP,
    they buy water and other items

    Home Depot and Lowes stock increases…
    peole shop for plywood and expect to come back for more after a disaster

    And during KATRINA,
    I was paying $40 dollars for plywood in Home Depot
    The inventory stopped and we needed plywood in NYC to develop buildings
    Price of oil increased ( thank you BUSH )

    Construction is expected to create a lot of jobs to re-build the city
    federal contracts are issued to the friends of politicians

    Look at Katrina and New Orleans, how much MONEY was thrown at the place by the govt and other agencies…

    If you want to follow the $money$ …. $billions$ of dollars is not accounted for in the Iraq war.. ( check President Bushe’s pockets )

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    Well folks, as Art Baker used to say “You Asked For It”!

  • Eddie Green

    I feel bad for all the animals ( pets ) that may be left behind..

    • Eddie Green

      ALSO MANY insurances that you have do not cover you for natural disasters and acts of G-D..

      The catch 22

      And now, they don’t cover for ACTS OF TERROR ( guess some religions asked for that) lol..bad joke.. taking it back

  • Eddie Green

    Look at the economy,

    MOST times a major Natural Disaster is coming,

    People run to the super market and SHOP,
    they buy water and other items

    Home Depot and Lowes stock increases…
    peole shop for plywood and expect to come back for more after a disaster

    And during KATRINA,
    I was paying $40 dollars for plywood in Home Depot
    The inventory stopped and we needed plywood in NYC to develop buildings
    Price of oil increased ( thank you BUSH )

    Construction is expected to create a lot of jobs to re-build the city
    federal contracts are issued to the friends of politicians

    Look at Katrina and New Orleans, how much MONEY was thrown at the place by the govt and other agencies…

    If you want to follow the $money$ …. $billions$ of dollars is not accounted for in the Iraq war.. ( check President Bushe’s pockets )

  • Eddie Green

    Ohhhhh. and you want to follow the $MONEY$…

    When its time for the insurance money to pay you ( after all the years you pay them ) and they got to pay too much in one area…

    What will they do?

    Go tot the Govt for HELPPPPPP

    And then

    Who pays???
    Tax payersssss

    Or they will increase the rates.( but, 99% sure the govt will cover them, IF THEY DONATE ENOUGH TO LOBBIES OR POLITICIANS )

  • BONFUNNY

    SHEEPSHEAD BAY IS NOt A FLOOD ZONE DUMMY, IF SO WE WOULD ALL HAVE TO TAKE FLOOD INSURANCE. CHECK OUT WHAT YOU ARE SAYING.

  • Eddie Green

    Who you calling dummy?

    Each block is different….

    You can live with in 20 feet…
    one house may require flood insurance and another house AROUND the corner will not…

    I know 100% each block is different..

    Not sure exactly how it go calculated.. i think the ground to water level or something of that nature….

    But, am 99% if one block gets flooded, the other block is not far.

    No one on this site is a DUMMY, maybe that is what your spouse calls you…
    Each person can say what ever they desire..

    But, 100% sure that EACH block is looked at differently and your Mortgage company (bank) should have already told you to buy flood insurance IF you are part of the risk area…

  • Eddie Green

    Make sure you get their quick.. THEY WILL CLOSE…
    You MUST shop a day or two BEFORE the natural disaster..

    Follow the $money$

    you shopped

    bought $1000s worth of stuff

    And two hours before the hurricane, you are told.. ohhhh it turned a different direction….

    meanwhile, you spend a lot of $$$$ getting ready..

    i know that a few homes by the water have basement pumps to pump out water

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    Yay! Latest reports have Earl totally away from NYC. I wish I could say that noone will affected at all, but Eastern LI and areas north of that will be affected.

    Of course, these things can change. So keep listening.

  • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

    Good news indeed. But we’re still on the border between a tropical storm warning and a tropical storm watch. Rip tides and strong winds – though not as strong – can still erode the beaches and knock down trees. Doesn’t really change your preparedness routine.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

      The erosion will still occur, especially in areas we are concerned with already.

      But the changed path means that my basement will not flood as it did in March. I would have opened some emergency drainage holes which got filled with dirt during the March event.

      The winds shall be mostly off shore, it seems. But with hurricanes sudden changes can happen.

  • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke
  • Eddie Green

    Thank you for sharing this link with the public…

  • Eddie Green

    At this points its at G-D’s hands…

    We can stop MAN MADE disasters, but not Mother Nature..

    Will be shocked if we see major damage, but
    hey, you never know

  • Eddie Green

    Get a pump from home depot… It may pump water out…
    Home depot, to rent it cost $30 a day
    To buy it, under $100

    Get a pump and a hose… out the window or to the sewer line or somewhere you want the water to go…

    Some pumps will turn on AUTOMATICALLY when water get higher than 1/2 inch or something…

    In case the basement gets flooded, dry it asap. Mold ( green or blackish ) may form

  • Eddie Green

    If you file an insurance claim to get compensated for damages,
    your insurance company may say.

    We don’t cover Natural Disasters, acts of G-d, or terror

    We don’t cover flooding that happened between 7:35PM – 7:34PM

    It must be salt water and not rain water

    Please wait 3 months for the $226 check

    and etc….

  • Eddie Green

    And the insurance compensate you $226 in-order to increase your premium by $400

  • Local Broker

    Im not sure where to post this comment so i will just do it here. Ned maybe you can create a random comment box for the site.
    I dont know whats more annoying. All these crazy mosque comments or all these CRAZY Eddie comments.

    • Eddie Green

      Local Broker,

      If all you got from this is the mis-spelling of floor and flood that is very sad

      very sad.

      Do you pay flood insurance?

      Do you know the way insurance companies evaluate risk and price premiums? ( they are using 100 year flood on nyc as a data to increase rates)

      Do you know that insurance companies don’t cover acts of G-d , natural disasters, acts of terror, mold?

      Do you know that when a major event happens and insurance companies have to pay a lot of money, they many not have it… And need Govt help?

      Do you know that when these events happen ( for example, Katrina )
      Pets get abandoned?
      price of oil increases and when oil increases, everything else increases?
      real estate value drops?
      people become MILLIONAIRES to get govt contracts to re-build?
      and who gets those contracts?
      insurance companies have MAJOR Lobby power in politics to change laws?
      Venice Italy has a major water problem?

      NYC can learn a lot by the way Venice Italy will solve the flooding problem?

  • Eddie Green

    lol..

    if all you got from this is the typo of floor to flood ..

    very sad…
    Very sad…

    You focused on the typo of flood and floor instead of looking at the issue..

  • Eddie Green

    Local Broker,

    Why not have an intelligent debate.

    You see a comment and if it does not make sense, reply to it.

    I don’t think that i said nothing here that is not true..

    You got focused on the mis-spelling of floor and flood..

  • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

    A good question… for the open thread. Anyway – to be honest, I have no idea how that or the “popular” tab work. I’m not on the people tab either, which is strange since I think I have the second or third most comments. I believe it’s a mix of both quantity of comments and the quality of them (judged by how many people “liked” them). Perhaps no one likes our comments, Lev. I’d “Like” your comment now just to give you a boost, but this isn’t the open thread…

    Regarding “Popular” – that one’s a complete mystery. An article could go viral and get 200 comments in 20 minutes and it would still show something from a week ago with six comments on it. I just don’t get it.