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Hurricane Sandy, called the second “Perfect Storm,” is now buffeting the East Coast.  Weather experts say that its effects could reach as far west as Wisconsin.  As with all hurricanes, it’s important to be prepared if your area might get hit.  Make sure you have food and water for several days in case of power outages and road blockages thanks to toppled trees or downed tree limbs.  Get batteries for your flashlights.  Stay inside and find some fun things to do!

Hopefully, most of you on the East Coast already have done many of those things.  But as the storm continues to move along, you can also be sure that you are doing what is necessary during the storm and in its wake.  Check out the suggestions on the website for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), like filling your bathtub with water or avoiding standing or sitting too close to windows or glass doors.  Once the hurricane passes, avoid downed power lines and use your nose: if a place smells like gas, you might have a leak.  Be sure to walk carefully.

If you’re looking for fun things to do during a hurricane, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) website has some great kids activities, like coloring books, puzzles, and projects to learn about severe weather like hurricanes!  FEMA does, too.

As Sandy blows through, we hope everyone stays safe, dry, and and warm!