It’s called a Nor’Easter

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Not another storm… OK It’s called a Nor’Easter. It is so named because the storm travels to the northeast from the south but the prevailing winds come from the northeast. This type of storm has characteristics similar to a hurricane. Not unlike the recent Superstorm that was Sandy, the reports of the oncoming storm include high winds, more rain and coastal flooding which are clearly conditions we would all prefer not to see while still amidst recovery efforts that are ongoing. OK, It’s not over. There is obviously no choice for us but let Mother Nature roar. It has been tough on all of us this past week, certainly more for some than others and we still remain standing. We have taken a hard punch in the tri-state region, whether it be damage to your roofing, siding, windows or flooding in your home, but must also stay on point and recognize the approaching storm has the potential to further threaten our already weakened status. BE ADVISED – BE PREPARED As food for thought, here are some suggestions that may be helpful:

  • While the opportunity presents itself, because power outages may recur, purchase some new supplies of batteries, bottled water and dry goods, snacks and comfort food.
  • Gas for the car, as difficult as it may be to fill up, is a good idea in the event power outages recur.
  • Don’t forget the propane grill as an alternative to the indoor kitchen. Even Hot dogs are a better meal than Pop Tarts.
  • Damage from Sandy while not yet repaired or reviewed by an adjuster should be well documented with pictures. Additional damage that may occur from the Nor’easter is considered separate and is a different claim as viewed by most insurance companies.
  • Continue the habits you have employed over the last week by having flashlights readily available. 
  • Short term storage of food items in a cooler, while stretching the local ice supply, now may get a little easier. A Nor’easter differs from Superstorms in that Nor’easters are cold-core, low-pressure systems, meaning that they thrive on cold air. Store the cooler outside the door within arm’s reach and preferably out of the sunshine. Your precious ice supply will last that much longer.
  • It is never appropriate to use a propane heater or gas grill indoors to heat your home. However, the conditions are now cold enough to expect that the fireplace will draw adequately and not let excess smoke build up inside the house. While it seems there is a lot of available wood from the many downed trees resulting from Sandy, little of it is dry enough for use in an indoor fireplace. Seasoned firewood or even the available variety of flame type logs is enough to bring at least some heat and comfort to a chilly house that may still lack power. Never leave a fire unattended and never in the care of minors.
  • Recognize that cabin fever is a real issue. Kids have been away from school and many who have not been able to go to work are experiencing a continued frustration, specifically if they still remain without power. Take a companion when planning to sit on line for gas. The public libraries or “warming centers” are a true benefit just to break up the routine. Even going to the grocery store can be a break from the monotony of the post storm survival mode. Absent from the usual amount of access to television and internet, even if you have a mobile device, the stress continues. Studies have shown a little extra sleep when stressful conditions exist, is not just recommended but contributes to wellness.

All things considered, Chin up Long Island, look where we’ve been and how much we have accomplished already after one of the worst storm in years. Another hiccup in the process isn’t going to change that we will soon have some holiday’s to look forward to and the occasion to be grateful for what we do have. Click here to see the progress of the storm.