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1 makeitstop  Fri, Aug 26, 2011 11:25:35am

Mets game has been moved from 7:00 to 2:00 tomorrow afternoon, BTW.

2 Obdicut  Fri, Aug 26, 2011 11:26:07am

My question is should I plywood my windows or not. From growing up with hurricanes, I'm used to just leaving the windows cracked to take the pressure off, and my dad think that plywood really causes as much of a danger-- it's really sharp when it breaks, too.

3 shutdown  Fri, Aug 26, 2011 11:27:51am

Dire warnings... Stay safe. Also - odds that Chinese food delivery will continue through the hurricane?

4 lawhawk  Fri, Aug 26, 2011 11:28:27am

re: #1 makeitstop

I've heard 1pm from a 4pm start (seeing as I was supposed to be going). But that could change now that the City and MTA are issuing evacuations and MTA shutdown at 12pm.

So far it looks like Govs. Christie and Cuomo are saying and doing all the right things in advance of the storm to get things in place for a relief/rescue/disaster prep. Only quibble so far is that the MTA called for a 12pm shutdown, while the A zone evacuation in NYC is supposed to be accomplished by 5pm. Probably should have better coordinated that to make sure that people can actually evacuated by 5pm using mass transit, which is how many people around NYC get around.

5 lawhawk  Fri, Aug 26, 2011 11:31:46am

re: #2 Obdicut

I guess it's going to depend on where you are - I'm not putting up the plywood - I'm inland, and I'm worried more about a couple of trees falling on my house than if my windows blow out.

Storm shutters are probably the most preferable, followed by plywood/mdf, and then taping windows with duct tape.

6 Feline Emperor of the Conservative Waste  Fri, Aug 26, 2011 11:34:07am

I need to find out what the recommendation of the apartment management is regarding windows especially. I have south and west facing windows that are quite tall (9') and fairly wide in scope.

Figure at the very least I will tape them since I can do that myself and it might affect fragments if one breaks under the stress. As for having them cracked open for pressure I don't think that will work given how they are hinged the wind pressure often sucks them shut.

Otherwise, I think it's just getting everything off the window sills and the fragiles and valuables stowed where they will be safer if a window does break. No idea where I'll hang out given the fact the windows are in every room. Maybe just the lounge in the lobby since it has wireless.

7 Obdicut  Fri, Aug 26, 2011 11:42:07am

re: #5 lawhawk

Meh, plywood only works if it's on the outside, I think, and there's no way we can do that. We only have one tree with thin branches near us, so I'm not that worried. I"m up at 89th and 2nd.

8 Feline Emperor of the Conservative Waste  Fri, Aug 26, 2011 11:43:31am

re: #7 Obdicut

We'll need to have "Lizards who survivied Irene - August 2011" T-shirts made and distributed. Or add a "Hurricane Irene No-Power Salad" recipe to the next cookbook.


9 lawhawk  Fri, Aug 26, 2011 12:18:24pm

Via email from Notify NYC (which apologizes for having the site being down due to overload):

Notification issued 8/26/11 at 2:55 PM. Due to high web traffic, NYC.GOV websites are experiencing technical issues and may not load in your web browser. The City is currently working to fix the issue.

Ready NY Hurricane Guide.pdf
11-17 Corrections to Shelter Locations - QN.doc
NYC Hurricane Evacuation Zones and Centers.pdf

10 andres  Fri, Aug 26, 2011 1:09:55pm

I don't think the NYC is overreacting. Storms and hurricanes are very unpredictable, and making sure everyone's safe makes it easier to manage the outcome. Especially those people who live nearby any body of water.

Be safe everyone. Don't risk your life.

re: #8 oaktree

Can mine have a shark swimming in a street? Photoshopped, of course. :-P

11 Obdicut  Fri, Aug 26, 2011 1:36:27pm

Just got the last of my shopping done. The lines are insane, but I got to have a nice conversation, anyway.

I'm in Zone C, which means that I'd be evacuated in the event Godzilla arose from the depths.

12 Three Chord Monty  Fri, Aug 26, 2011 3:08:20pm

I'm out of town, but I live in BPC. Seriously wondering what my neighbors are doing.

And what might be if there is a storm surge of more than a foot or two. At what point would we be looking at serious damage to the subway?

Ah, forget I asked. Don't want to look for trouble if none may exist. But...I grew up on a barrier beach island just outside Queens & we were always used to people getting all worked up over what ended up being nothing. This...does not look like nothing.

13 lawhawk  Fri, Aug 26, 2011 7:31:28pm

re: #11 Obdicut

The Mrs. went shopping tonite, and found a mixed bag of foodstuffs in Paramus. Some sections were cleared, and others were fine. Odd that everyone seems to go after eggs, even though they're perishable and wont do much good in a power outage. We stocked up on bread and a few other canned goods, but we've already got plenty of non-perishables just in case.

14 Obdicut  Fri, Aug 26, 2011 7:39:12pm

re: #13 lawhawk

Hardboiled eggs will last awhile, actually. Not in 100 degree heat, of course; I think people are thinking of the temperature it is now, rather than what it could get. Or they, like us, have plenty of ice and a cooler.

15 BeenHereAwhile  Fri, Aug 26, 2011 9:48:10pm

re: #14 Obdicut

Hardboiled eggs will last awhile, actually. Not in 100 degree heat, of course; I think people are thinking of the temperature it is now, rather than what it could get. Or they, like us, have plenty of ice and a cooler.

The trick to saving drinking water and ice for when the electricity goes out is to purchase as many 1 gallon, screw off cap, plastic water jugs that will fit in your freezer. 
Pour out 25% of water from each container, save that water and put that in the refrigerator. 
Put the gallon jugs of water in the freezer to freeze.   The stored ice in the water jugs will last longer than cubed ice and once it has melted the water will still be potable.  After the power goes out some of the ice jugs can moved to the refrigerator for cooling purposes.  You can also use the frozen water jugs to chill items in your coolers. 

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