Hurricane Sandy: prayers from readers, tips

I know that many of you are in the path of the big hurricane, and it is possible that some of you will experience problems.

First, I ask all the readers here to say a prayer for an attenuation of the storm and safety of those in the way.

Second, be prudent and safe.  Take steps.

Third, if you are worried about losing electricity, perhaps you might consider turning your fridge and freezer down as low as you can right now, so that it will stay cold longer.  Also, you might think about filling your bathtubs and water containers.

Readers everywhere, do you part.  Support others with prayers.

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  1. St. Epaphras says:

    In your charity will you please pray for my dear husband who is preparing to leave soon for Virginia and then await further orders. (He is a FEMA inspector.) For some reason I feel quite uneasy about this deployment. He will be driving. Thank you.

    Will be praying for all in the areas affected.

  2. backtothefuture says:

    Storm prayer in the pietà book or the Saint Michael prayer. God bless and be safe

  3. Currently battening down the hatches!

  4. mamajen says:

    I live in Central NY and we’re not expecting anything too dreadful, but there is a good chance the power will go out. I finally convinced my husband that we should get some bottled water at the very least, and we also have some non-perishables. If the power does go out for an extended period we’ll head to my parents’ to make use of their wood burning fireplace! Usually when the worst is predicted it completely fizzles out, but better safe than sorry. My brother is on Long Island and I sincerely hope he is getting out of there, but I haven’t heard.

  5. alexandra88 says:

    I echo Fr. Zs tip for filling up your bathtub with water. Filling up your car is highly recommended as one does not know how available petrol will be in the aftermath. Ensure that flashlights have extra batteries. Granted that the internet access is continuous, Facebook and other social media forms are incredibly useful during disasters (I was able to account for all my friends that way when we were hit with a 7.1 earthquake two years ago).

  6. Bryan Boyle says:

    Got the cars filled (one’s a turbodiesel Jetta…so, a full tank is good for a long time), fridge is down to 38 degrees, 10 gallon jugs of water, 160 Amp hours worth of battery backup for the UPS driving the sump pump, ham antenna guys checked and ready to go…bottle of holy water to sprinkle on the windows in the height, and got the downspouts and sump pump outlet all piped away from the house and out to the street…and cleaned out the rain gutters.

    It’s all in God’s hands anyway, but it does pay to prepare yourself…

    God bless, everyone, and prayers for those in the path…

  7. mysticalrose says:

    I, for one, appreciate the prays as we are quite jittery right now. We have both elderly and very young children in our family. I am searching for my Agnus Dei medal in case we need to throw it into the flood!

  8. acardnal says:

    @Bryan Boyle, are you going to lower any RLPs or beams?

  9. acardnal says:

    Oh….one more suggestion folks: get some cash! If power goes out, the ATMs won’t work.

  10. Marion Ancilla Mariae says:

    Excellent suggestions:

    Also, once the power goes out, when you’re out driving, please treat each dark intersection (one in which the traffic signal lights are not working) as a four-way stop. (But watch your rear-view mirror, as some texting hotdoggers behind you may not realize this rule!)

    Also, if there are neighbors who seem a little on in years and live on their own, think about touching base with them to see if they need anything or if they have anyone to check in on them. The prospect of being without power and possibly running out of food and medicine can be frightening to those who no longer have the pep and the zip they once had. (Those with plenty of pep and zip to spare have no idea what is to have these in short supply. Scary stuff.)


  11. iPadre says:

    Everything locked down at the parish. Helped my parents pick up and lock down. Now, just wait and see.
    Aren’t we blest to live in out times! Imagine a storm like this coming in without warning. My father remembers the 1928 hurricane in Rhode Island. It came and no one know what was going on.

  12. Angie Mcs says:

    I will be praying, holy water and blessed candles included, for the well being of all of you affected by this storm, Keep safe everyone, especially those here who are driving and have loved ones who need to be out on the roads. May God watch over you all.

  13. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Just a reminder to readers outside the hurricane area — back in 2001, Ike’s winds were still powerful enough when they hit Ohio to cause some pretty powerful destruction here, and many people were without power for a month. That’s not too bad in September, but in November?

    So think ahead, folks.

  14. Tina in Ashburn says:

    As we prepare for the storm here in Northern Virgina – yes holy candles and such should be part of that – why not listen to music about storms…Riders On the Storm, Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, … phrases are running through my head “…its a hard rain gonna fahhhhhllllll…”

    A fellow poster states on Facebook: Dylan was wrong. The answer is NOT blowin’ in the wind.

    arright, arright. Back to more serious thoughts, prayers, and worrying about those who will suffer from this very odd storm. Its big. Its really big – this afternoon online photos showed flooding in Ocean City MD streets while the storm was only off the coast of South Carolina.

  15. OrthodoxChick says:

    We’re about as battened down as we can be. Hoping and praying we won’t lose power but figuring we likely will. It’s been cloudy and drizzly here all day in CT, and this, when Sandy was supposedly way down in SC. Schools in our area have been cancelled for Monday and Tuesday. Four kids, 2 parents, and one grandpa holed up for three days. No playing outside for the kids. Should be fun!

    Fr. Z., if I should make a Confession, can you give absolution via blogosphere? And if so, might the next few days count as my penance??!!!!!

  16. The Sicilian Woman says:

    I will pray for those already killed or hurt by the storm, and for safety for those in its path, at our community Rosary tonight.

  17. Denis Crnkovic says:

    I/we appreciate all the prayers we can get. Although I now live in the upper Midwest (where all we get for bad weather is the occasional F4 tornado), I lived through Hurricanes Hazel and Agnes and the blizzard of ’77. Those East Coast storms can be nastier than an attempt at bipartisan cooperation in the U.S. Congress. All of my siblings remain in southeastern Pennsylvania which stands to take a major hit from this storm. Orate pro…

  18. Paul Young says:

    I’d like to apologize to everyone on the East coast of the US. Hurricane Sandy is entirely my fault.

    Over the last five months, I’ve been working on a massively complex software project at work. Twice, it’s failed to launch successfully, at the last minute. This time, everything lined up perfectly and we were locked and loaded with training and go-live for Monday, the 29th. Like an idiot, I said, “We’re launching and nothing can stop us now!”

    Apparently, our Lord heard me and took that as a challenge.

  19. DominiSumus says:

    Put some bottles of water in the freezer.. It will buy your food extra time if you lose power.

  20. Catholictothecore says:

    Will continue to pray for all those in Sandy’s path.

  21. JonPatrick says:

    Don’t forget to grind up extra Mystic Monk coffee (unless you have a hand grinder)! Just got done grinding a few extra days supply.

  22. Bryan Boyle says:

    acardnal: don’t have any yagis…just a guyed challenger DX vertical, a 40/80 dipole, an x50 for 144/440 up about 25′ and well mounted, and my 220 repeater antena up at about 40′ that’s triple guyed. they all made it thru irene last year, the 220 is being used by the local ARES folk, so..

    they’ll be ok..proving the old say that if your antennas didn’t come down, they weren’t up high enough..

    thanks for asking.

  23. Bryan Boyle says:

    iPadre: the ’28 storm..wasn’t that the one that took out the Old Stone Bridge in Tiverton? I’m thinking it was. I know there is a book about the after effects in Fall River…which is from where I hail…but many years after that…:)

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