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About a year ago, I faced my first natural disaster preparations as a “live-in landlord” with Hurricane Irene.  I got off easy as I was spared any electrical outages and water in my basement.  Some folks weren’t so fortunate and were left in the dark for days if not weeks.

Walmart in preparation for Hurricane Sandy

Walmart in preparation for Hurricane Sandy

A reason why I think I was so lucky is because I live in fairly modern neighborhood with power lines running underground with redundant feeds from the grid.   Despite all these advantages, I’m still preparing for this storm by the way of:

  • Buying non-perishable food items
  • Stocking up on batteries and flashlights
  • Having Ice on-hand
  • Having a full tank of gas in my car
  • Stocking up on bottled water

Other Logistics:

My roommates may not have the same planning mind set that I have so one of the things I make them aware of is the possibility of extended electrical outages.  With that in mind, I tell my roommates to take care of all their needs before they loose power.  This may include but not limited to doing laundry and paying bills.

One of my roommates is new since the last hurricane hit, but this person is away for the weekend so I’ll communicate my worries to this roommate via phone.

I hoping for the same outcome, but time will only tell.  The crux of the storm is forecasted to hit Monday during the day tapering off to Monday night to Tuesday.

What other responsibilities do I have as a “live-in landlord” to ensure that the storm doesn’t affect my paying roommates?

  • krantcents October 30, 2012, 4:40 pm

    I went through the Northridge earthquake during the 90s! The most overlooked item is (clean) water. I remember going to sites where water trucks would dispense water. You know that electricity will be off, but you think you could use tap water. You can’t because the filtration is off too. The other item is cash. With electricity off, the ATM does not work.

    • Mike October 30, 2012, 4:46 pm

      Good point about the cash. Most people are used to paying with debit/credit cards that they don’t think of having cash on-hand after a natural disaster


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