Get Prepped: Hurricane Sandy is Coming

The participants in the National Geographic Channel’s Doomsday Preppers  tend to be preparing for scenarios that many of us would consider remote, such as a catastrophic collapse of the global economic system, or an electromagnetic pulse attack by terrorists or a foreign enemy that would disable the nation’s electricity grids and render much of our technology inoperable. But this weekend, a lot of people on the East Coast of the U.S. are getting worried about a potential cataclysm that they are watching develop on their TV screens.

Hurricane Sandy, which already has battered the Caribbean and taken at least 31 lives, is moving toward the U.S. with gusts from the storm already being felt in southern Florida, according to this Reuters dispatch. Some are calling Sandy a”Frankenstorm” because it consists of three merging weather systems that will be bolted together into a single, extremely powerful super-storm that threatens to strike heavily populated areas.

From the National Hurricane Center, here’s the latest information on the storm.

The Wall Street Journal reports that as of Friday morning, government weather forecasters are looking at the Delaware shore as the place where Sandy eventually may swing inland early Tuesday. But the predictions’ margin of error is such that it might happen closer to New York and New Jersey.  Either way, the storm is expected to wreak havoc, pelting areas in its path with 10 inches of rain and powerful winds. Areas not in the storm’s direct path may still get four to eight inches of rain, and up to two feet of snow may fall in West Virginia. “It’s going to be a long-lasting event, two to three days of impact for a lot of people,” Joseph Franklin, chief forecaster for the National Hurricane Center, told the Journal.”Wind damage, widespread power outages, heavy rainfall, inland flooding and somebody is going to get a significant surge event.”

Insurance Networking News predicts that Sandy could do billions of dollars in property damage, and already, authorities are bracing for the storm’s fury. In New York, officials reportedly are considering closing down bus and subway lines next week, a measure that was taken in 2011, when Hurricane Irene hit the city. In New Jersey, some communities already are being evacuated. To the south, in Virginia, Gov. Bob McDonnell already has declared a state of emergency, and urged residents of coastal areas in his state to evacuate, while warning others to stock up on batteries, blankets, water, canned goods and other necessities, in case they are caught in the storm. Delaware and Maryland have issued similar warnings.

For those who live in Sandy’s path, prepping suddenly seems like a must.  Here’s the NHC’s  Hurricane Preparedness page, which offers advice on how to gather information about the storm, and plan for how to protect your family, before the storm actually strikes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers this information on food and water safety during hurricanes. Additionally, the Federal Emergency Management Agency offers this list of basic disaster supplies that you should amass:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

For even more detailed recommendations on how to be safe in disasters, from Doomsday Preppers here are detailed articles on food, water, shelter and security preparations.

A new season of Doomsday Preppers premieres November 13th at 9P et/pt


  1. ivorypale
    October 27, 2012, 12:26 pm

    Although we always prepared in general I specifically prep for hurricanes in late summer-pick up area rugs in the basement, check the sump pump. Really there’s not much to do. Cook a few mels that don’t need to be re-heated, more water, clear the deck. Good luck to all, be safe!

  2. The Law
    October 30, 2012, 9:43 am

    Praying for all those affected. But mainly I wanted to thank NGC for showing very good taste in the way it presented Amish, and ex-Amish lifestyles and coping. I’m from central Ga. and have no contact with either, I still feel it was a job well done!

  3. Me
    October 30, 2012, 9:38 pm

    Your new format on the Doomsday Preppers show is extremely difficult to watch. The viewer is barraged with constant “pop-up” tidbits, which is maddening.

    Does NatGeo want us to pay attention to the show, or read all of what they seem to think are “fun facts?” It’s pretty much impossible to do both – the best that the viewer can do is alternately lose track of one in favor of the other.

  4. Cheryl
    October 31, 2012, 1:18 am

    My sympathies to all those affected. It has been good to see the response from the authorities and cooperation of the locals. It would be interesting to have a Prepper episode looking at whether prepping helped in any of the different scenarios played out over the last few days. What did or did not work.

  5. jea_seaght
    November 1, 2012, 3:23 am

    It is very sad to know that some peple are lost there loveones because of this calamity. We should always ask God’s guidance and help in everything we do.

  6. Mary
    Queens New York CIty
    November 3, 2012, 5:37 pm

    New York is currently very traumatized. Nat Geo on TV is airing 9/11 documentary. Your programming is SO out of touch. The people here lucky enough to have TV want LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT. We are up to the gills with disaster coverage. People need a relaxing break from it.

  7. Joe S
    South Louisiana
    November 4, 2012, 10:36 am

    Read NY Times, this morning. Am afraid for NY’rs their preparation was poor and their expectations for normality are unrealistic. The amount of work needed to produce normality is unfathomible with the density of population and the below ground that needs to be done. Those poor people in Long Beach are in for a very long slog. Cold weather is coming the least of our problems down here when storms leave. Very worrisome.

  8. Seriously
    November 11, 2012, 2:19 pm

    The nut job Dad they have on the show is traumatizing his kids. He ought to be turned into social services! Those kids are not only going to have a terrible time assimilating to a normal life but will likely turn into adults that are very outside the box of reality. Being prepared is one thing….borderline psychotic another. These are the kind of people that create world choas!

  9. Rick
    Baton Rouge, LA.
    November 13, 2012, 2:06 am

    One should be prepared to survive for 2-3 weeks without need food, gas or water… Always bro.

  10. Rick
    Baton Rouge, LA.
    November 13, 2012, 2:10 am

    I’ve been in 10 of the worst hurricanes to hit America and offshore in Betsey in 1965. So I know what you need at all times. Store shelves dry up in 2-3 days Ice is like gold. I always start making ice and storing it if a storm is coming.

  11. Mary Cross
    Vancouver, WA
    November 13, 2012, 8:56 pm

    Natgeo are you going to do any follow up with the preppers in the NJ, NY area? Wondering how Jason Charles and his family did during the storm. I hope they did well.