Preparing for the Storm

Driving rain, strong winds, and flooding are probably in store for us this weekend in the Chesapeake Bay region and residents are reacting by running to the store to buy quantities of batteries, flashlights, candles, food, and oh yes, alcohol. Why is it that when a storm arrives, people are ready to party?
Well, why not, if you are stuck at home and have no place to go. While the DVR may not work for watching movies, due to lack of electricity, you may be able to gather round with family and friends to play board games by candlelight or tell ghost stories.
So what should you be doing to get ready for the storm besides buying supplies. Well my husband just happens to be an insurance agent so he would be telling you to clean your gutters and drains. Safeguard your computers and any other sensitive equipment by storing it in a dry location, away from windows and doors. If you have items stored in the basement, get them off the floor and into plastic containers. Important papers and documents should be stored in dry airtight containers and back up all your computer data. Park you vehicles on high ground and away from trees that may fall, if at all possible. I remember when Isabel was here, it was amazing how many cars got flooded. Put it all in perspective and remember, if you do lose something to hurricane damage it is only a thing and not a person.

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Author: Nadja Maril

Nadja Maril is a communications professional who has over 10 years experience as a magazine editor. A writer and journalist, Maril is the author of several books including: "American Lighting 1840-1940", "Antique Lamp Buyer's Guide", "Me, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat", and "Runaway, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat". Currently in the Stoneooast MFA writing program (University of Southern Maine), genre literary fiction. Former Editor-in-Chief of What's Up ? Publishing, in charge of three magazines: "What's Up? Annapolis", "What's Up? Eastern Shore", and "What's Up? Weddings", former Editor of Chesapeake Taste Magazine a regional lifestyle magazine based in Annapolis, and former Lighting Editor of Victorian Homes Magazine, Maril has written hundreds of newspaper and magazines articles on a variety of subjects..

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