Looking for the roofing mavens to read the tea leaves
Ok, I know this might be kind of oblique but I'm seeing the news about Hurricane Sandy heading our way, full moon, high tide, front bearing down from the NE, talk about a historic storm of cosmic proportions, blah blah blahdiddyblah, what if anything might be done before the apocalypse comes through my neighborhood? The obvious of course, doublechecking guttering, everything's clear, etc. but do any of the pros have suggestions on anything not quite so obvious that could be done ahead of time?
Extra batterys for the radio, bottled water, tie down the lawn furniture of an thing that you do not want flying around.
Fill cars up with gas.
See if the chain saw will start up.
Cut back any limbs hitting the house.
Clean out the drain ditches and street storm grates if there is one.
I have a propane camping stove and lantern that I bring in the house and make sure I have extra gas.
It's not practical for everyone, but knowing that I will always have a use for it, I try to keep at least 2 or 3 sheets of cdx on hand, as well as tarps. We're not in an area that receives storms of the magnitude that it sounds like you will see in the next few days, but we do have the occasional tornado, as well as heavy snowfalls sometimes, so, although I have only used them for this specific purpose a few times, such as to cover windows that a tree limb went through, or whatever, it seems practical enough to me, especially if a storm hits in the middle of the night, or even to just save a trip to the lumber yard in the course of more routine activities. Otherwise, the common sense things that you and Joe already covered make sense, and beyond that you just ride it out. Good luck and stay safe. Not a bad time either to discuss the common sense things with family members, such as staying clear of downed wires, intersections with non-functioning traffic lights are 4-way stops, etc.