Scary: An image provided by NASA shows Hurricane Irene from the International Space Station on Wednesday afternoon. Move Cars to Safety: Cars are often damaged or destroyed by falling trees or windblown debris during a hurricane. Make Ice: Power is often disrupted for days or weeks after a hurricane, and ice to keep food from spoiling will be in short supply. Document Home and Valuables: If you don’t have a home inventory backed up with video or photographs, take photos or video now for insurance purposes in case your home suffers extensive damage during the storm. If your house is on a grinder pump, don’t flush toilets or use drains in the house when the power is out to prevent overflowing.
Here are some tips on what to do in a short time to keep your family and home safe if you’re caught unprepared by an approaching hurricane or tropical storm.

Fill Bathtub with Water: Whether you’re on city water or a well, water supplies can be disrupted or contaminated following a hurricane.
Secure Outdoor Furniture: Loose items in your yard can become flying projectiles during a hurricane due to high winds.
Move any unsecured items in your yard – including patio furniture, lawn chairs, bird feeders, hanging plants, and toys – inside your house or garage if possible. Severe damage to your home from a hurricane can cause a short or power surge in your electrical system, and may also result in ruptured water or gas lines. Use the water in the bathtub to fill the tank on your toilet for flushing or for washing in the aftermath of a storm, but not for drinking. Bring mattresses from beds with you, bot for comfort and for use as protection in case your home suffers severe structural damage.

The tide rose 13ft in just one hour and caused the East River to meet the Hudson River across lower Manhattan as far north as Canal Street, which covered all of the modern-day financial district.Then 117 years later in 1938 a Category 3 hurricane killed 10 people in the city, electricity was knocked out from 59th Street of Manhattan up to the Bronx and the subway lost power. Also, fill plastic containers or clean milk and water jugs with water (don’t fill to the top to allow for expansion), and put them in the freezer.
Send or email the photos to someone outside the area of the storm for backup, and put them on a portable USB flash drive to keep with you.
A visual record of your processions and the condition of your home prior to the hurricane will be invaluable when dealing with insurance claims.

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