by Chris Bodenner
A crucial tip from a reader:
If nobody has told you this, you need to fill your bathtub with water. It is not for drinking; it is for flushing the toilets if you lose water after the storm. You don’t want to be without a flush toilet.
More advice here. More advice from a reader in NYC:
Having gone through a few hurricanes myself, a couple things I've been telling people here at work to have on hand, beyond the usual batteries/food/water: A lighter or two. The standard Bic never fails. Get it in the bright orange color and it'll be easier to find wherever you set it down. Bandaids and bacitracin. The actual Band-Aid brand "Tough Strips" – the fabric kind, not the plastic – are miles more durable than any other kind I've used. I keep a box or two at all times because I slash myself in the kitchen on a weekly basis, but where there's broken glass, there's cuts, no matter how careful you are. Tough garbage bags (contractor-grade, if you have a local hardware store) and duct tape. Clean laundry, especially socks, underwear, and t-shirts.