Hurricane preparation is turning into an annual event on the East Coast.
With just hours to go before Hurricane Sandy makes landfall, we have a few practical suggestions for those of you who have decided to hunker down and wait out the storm.
Hurricanes are boring. You'll probably lose power, maybe even for a couple of days. Considering how much we rely on our gadgets, this will seem like the end of the world. If you have a roommate or family members, it's time to pull out the board games and books. If you have an e-reader, charge it while you can.
Food. Seamless Web will be limited when the storm hits the land. If you rely on delivery to stay alive, you should pick up snacks, or some kind of food that doesn't require power.
Water. Stock up on water. You can also fill bottles and pots at your home with tap water. If you don't have small children, consider filling your bathtub with water. You can use the water for flushing your toilet if water stops flowing.
Lights. Candles are hot. While it may seem romantic to live by candlelight when ConEdison finally succumbs to the power of the storm, a hurricane is even more miserable in a hot, stuffy apartment. Do yourself a favor and use flashlights.
And speaking of romance ... Hurricane babies happen. Frequently. If a bundle of joy is not on your wishlist for the year, plan accordingly.
Plug it in. While you still have power, you should keep your electronics plugged in. Once you lose power, turn your electronics off -- and we mean airline-style powered-all-the-way-down -- unless you are using them. Your phone might last a week on a single charge if you only turn it on when you need it.
Hurricane Party. If you can safely gather your friends in one place for the duration of the storm, hurricane parties can be fun. Just remember to procure alcohol that can be served at room temperature, and avoid a booze-fueled debacle. Don't make emergency responders risk their safety trying to save you from your own stupidity.
If you're more worried about work than the weather right now, keep in mind that the Second Circuit Court of Appeals will be closed for the storm on Monday and Tuesday. Don't attempt to show up for business before the court. Oral arguments scheduled for Monday and Tuesday have been suspended, and will be re-scheduled at later dates. Lawyers who have time-sensitive procedural questions may telephone at 646-584-2696.
Attorneys and the public can call the Second Circuit's Emergency Hotline Number, which will be updated with the latest information regarding the operating status of the court. In the event of an emergency, information regarding the operating status of the court also will be periodically transmitted on 1010 WINS on your AM dial and on WCBS (2), WNBC (4), WABC (7) and WNEW (5).
We'll see you on flip side of Hurricane Sandy. Good luck.