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I just wanted to take a moment and wish all those living on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States all the best. Please be safe and have all precautions taken -- like all your medications, fresh water, batteries, etc. close by. I know we will be watching closely.


Love to all!!



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Hi Ann,

Greeting from the East Coast... Thanks for the good wishes. Hopefully this will blow in and out quick and with no damage. My thoughts are with everyone this weekend. Stay safe.....All the best Christine

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Thanks for the well wishes, we may need them!! I'm in Upstate NY, it is around 3 pm Saturday as I write this - there is a very eerie silence outside, sun still shining but through hazy clouds, no wind. Very few birds at my feeders all day, and no sign of squirrels or chipmunks since yesterday - very unusual! The animals sure know something is coming. My dogs are getting restless too.


Not worried about flooding in my area, but there is definitely potential for wide-spread power outages. Predicting sustained winds of 40 mph with gusts to 50-60 mph here. A little worried about not having air conditioning, but hopefully the storm will bring cooler air with it. I have a battery-operated nebulizer for my inhaled meds in case the power goes out. We've moved in all the lawn chairs, potted plants, etc. Husband has our chain saw gassed and oiled and ready for use if we or the neighbors need it.... Flashlights, batteries and candles handy....I think we're ready...


I do worry about you folks nearer to the Ocean, you will be getting much worse than me!! Stay safe!





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Also keeping you in my thoughts, East Coast folks.


As was previously mentioned, please ready yourselves, if still possible. It has been recommended that folks who are on medications get a weeks' worth. Also to have the needed supplies on hand, in the event businesses are damaged.


May every one continue to stay safe :emoticon-hug: s.

Special Hugs,


Susie Kraft

ISN Support Specialist

ISN Chat Host

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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We have weathered the storm here in Upstate New York, but the aftermath is devastating in some areas. Personally, I fared very well, our neighborhood is at a somewhat higher elevation - we got TONS of rain -- torrential, drenching rain for 24 hours straight -- but we did not get the damaging winds that were predicted, and did not lose power in my immediate area.


Upstate, along the Hudson and Mohawk River Valleys and other low level lands are major flooding issues and power outages estimated at 100,000 homes and businesses (upwards of 1 million without power including NYC). Many roads and bridges closed. School hasn't started yet for students, but area schools have closed their offices and their sports cancelled because of flooding and/or power outages.


How are others doing along the Coast? Hope you all are safe!



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My son and his family are in NJ. They only lost one of their big trees, plus getting a lot of debris from other trees. The photos they sent looked like the tree that came down was just inches short of the kitchen bump out. All's well that ends well.

Jeannie McClelland

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Thank you for all your well wishes to those of us in the path of Hurricane Irene. I live one mile form the ocean and 200 yards from a major river and was fine. Lower areas or streets near the beach were mandatory evacuation. We are all fine in this coastal area of NJ, some are still without power and a beach north of us lost their boardwalk but in general we are fine. It is the inland areas and New England that are in difficulty now. North Jersey flooded out 3-4 times this winter with the snow melt and is flooding again. The Passaic Falls are the second highest on the East coast, second to Niagara, and the river is creating havoc. Towns north of here are being evacuate as I write this. If I needed to get to my scleroderma hospital it would be very difficult because the major highway is underwater. Thousands in NJ are still without power. Vermont has been devastated, towns totally cut off as bridges have washed out and it was a tropical storm when it passed through there. Thousands are without power, 700,000 in NJ alone. We were very lucky here.


Before the storm I received an email from a friend in Florida who has been through many hurricanes. I sent it out and others added to it. I organized it and compiled it and believe it would be useful to anyone, anywhere who might experience an emergency situation.


Especially for those of us with scleroderma or other disabilities. I am so grateful I am not on dialysis because I always worried what I would do without access to the machine. I remember after Katrina they showed a man in a wheelchair after getting out of the Superdome and he said he hadn't had dialysis in 5 days and would die soon without it. In a recent storm my hospital lost power and had to transport patients to other places as their generators could not power enough. Pretty scary.


If you have any other suggestions, please add:




Be prepared to lose power for anywhere from a day to as long as 2 weeks.


Freezer: The larger the blocks of ice you freeze the longer it will keep your freezer frozen. Buy gallon jugs of drinking water, take out about a cup and put it in another container for freezing or drinking (water expands when frozen) and then freeze as many gallon jugs as possible to squeeze into the freezer. Pack the food as tight as you can around these jugs. The water in the jugs, as it melts, will be your drinking water if your water supply is tainted, compromised or non-existent. The more full the freezer is when the power goes out, the longer it will stay frozen. Also, put everything that can be frozen into the freezer.


Water: Fill all bathtubs with water for flushing commodes, bathing, and if necessary, drinking. If your water stops running, keep a bucket handy to flush with. Remember to have plenty of drinking water handy. Your water may not be drinkable after a storm. Have bleach handy, a coupe of drops can purify water.


Power: Make sure you have an ample amount of batteries and flashlights and/or flood type lights that run on batteries. You never know how long you will lose power. Do NOT use candles during the storm! If a window breaks or wind gets in from any source, you could very well have a house fire, when fire engines cannot come to your aid. Battery drive hurricane lamps can be invaluable. A battery backed up surge protector will keep your computer from crashing when the power comes back on. You can also use it to charge phones. A crank radio, a headset or a battery powered one to keep up to date on what is happening. Extra batteries. DON'T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO GET BATTERIES.


Food: Stock up on foods that do not need refrigeration, such as canned Tuna and Salmon, Breads, Peanut Butter and Jelly, canned Baked Beans, energy and breakfast bars (they can really help sustain you). Have a hand can opener & plenty of canned goods.


Money: You may need some cash..a few 100 bucks, no larger than 20s. The ATMs will not work if the power goes out.


Medications: BE SURE TO HAVE ALL PRESCRIPTIONS FILLED with enough to last for at least a week or longer. Have a GOOD first aid kit handy.


Safety: Stay away from doors and windows and find a safe place in the center of your house, if possible. You don't want to be injured by flying glass at a time when even ambulances cannot get through.


Gas: Make sure your car is full of gas, as pumps may not work after a storm.


Windows: Those that can and are in the path of the storm should board up their windows. You may have to do some exterior painting afterwards, but it is worth it to be safe. Taping them absolutely does not protect them and is very difficult to remove.


Loose Items Outside: VERY IMPORTANT: Be sure you bring everything inside that you can and that your neighbor does the same. You would be amazed at what a hurricane can pick up and throw right through your windows. Don't even leave a hose out. The story about hurricane winds making a feather pierce a wooden telephone pole are widespread.


Valuable Papers/Jewelry: If you have to evacuate, bring them with you. if you can't, put them in a waterproof box, safety deposit box, safe or the dishwasher since it has a water tight seal.


Extras: Chainsaw, plenty of extra fuel, Generator + fuel + drop cords and a cord where you can plug in more than 1 lamp. Park your cars facing outward.


Pay attention to official announcements. If told to leave, LEAVE!!!



ISN Artist

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