for yankees. Surely there's a punchline waiting to be written there but Hurricanes are pretty serious things so I hope everyone takes them serious and gets prepared. it's probably too late for the big supply shopping runs but there are lots of things you can and still need to do to prep for potential power outages and loss of communications. The Weather channel is your best friend and if you see Jim Cantore hanging out near you - RUN! He always manages to be in the worst places that get hit the hardest.
Some things you may not think about but can help are:
Filling up a bunch of zip-loc bags with water and letting them freeze - if the power goes out, this will help preserve your icebox contents and give you some extra water. you do know how to flush a toilet without city water, right?
Write down the names and phone numbers of an out of the area contact for all family members to call and check in. Local services, including cell towers are usually overloaded but you might be able to reach someone away from the area. Text messages are usually easier to get through than calls so set folks up on text services now.
"Hunker down" - if you want to practice for a hurricane just go cut the power and gas now to your house, shut off the city water supply and see how long you last. IF you know you're going to have damage - call your insurance agent now as they can PRE-file a claim and get things moving faster than after the storm.
Oh and get used to people around you acting like idiots - people do some strange things. and buy alcohol and/or beer now - local authorities stopped all alcohol sales after the storm and you'd think that was the worst thing ever!
Good luck up North peoples!