Hurricane Prep Information: Helpful or Drives You Nuts?

At Patch, we're trying to do everything we can to help you prepare in case the storm hits us. Are our stories helpful?

With Hurricane Sandy believed to possibly be on the way to New England, at Patch we're planning to go all out with coverage and tips on where the storm is, its believed path and how to prepare.

We also hope to get as many tips and as much input (photos, warnings about downed wires, etc.) as possible from all you readers.

But tell us: is this "prepare yourself ahead of time" coverage helpful? Or would you rather remain in the dark (no pun intended, in case the power goes out) until the storm actually arrives?

Is it helpful to be kept fully apprised? Whipping up a frenzy for no reason? Is there another kind of storm coverage that would be more useful to you? Let us know in the comments section below.

Janet Hurley October 26, 2012 at 11:02 AM
I like to know ahead of time, as i don't always watch tv but read you every morning.
lone October 26, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Keep the updates coming. I read them all.
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) October 26, 2012 at 01:26 PM
I find it helpful, but also repetitive. The state has endured so many storms by now that much of this should be common sense. But, reminders can't hurt.
Mary Contrary October 26, 2012 at 02:47 PM
The preparation info is repetitive if you've been an adult for a while, BUT there are always a number of young people who are just on their own for the first time and may not have paid attention, or lived in this area their whole lives. Different areas of the country have different weather emergencies to prepare for - information is good.
Walt Cassell October 26, 2012 at 03:05 PM
I recently moved to this area, I have heard about the snowstorm last October. I am taking early lunch today and going to buy a few items to get through just in case. Flashlight, canned foods, ice and a cooler, I know it's probably overreacting, but I have a huge honking tree right out over the electric lines coming into the house, so I am not taking chances. Been through tropical storms back in Alabama, and I have a good idea what to expect there, but up here it may be a different ballgame.
Debbie October 26, 2012 at 03:13 PM
I am new to Wellesley from Los Angeles, so I have a lot of experience with earthquakes but not hurricanes! I find the info & updates very helpful. Thanks!
AJ October 26, 2012 at 04:01 PM
The Fire Chief told us to always keep an electric can opener in the house. Best advice I have ever heard for a hurricane.
Dee Keough October 26, 2012 at 04:31 PM
I'm hoping you are kidding. You should keep a hand crank can opener. The electric one won't do any good if you don't have power.
Jeff Barry October 26, 2012 at 04:32 PM
The latest weather map from the National Hurricane Center shows Hurricane Sandy running over Washington. Maybe that will give the rest of us a few days of relief from the near constant bombardment of electioneering propaganda.
Judy October 26, 2012 at 05:20 PM
I appreciate being informed but wish that the City Of Newton would step up and take care of all of the dead trees that are around Newton! These trees will easily fall and cause plenty of damage. How about the City of Newton preventing this from happening?
Karla Vallance October 26, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Dee Keough, you took the words right out of my mouth; AJ must have been either joking or the fire chief was joking. Or there is some wonderful, McGyver-esque use for a can-opener that I don't know about!
JJoseph October 26, 2012 at 07:31 PM
The canned foods last much longer if you are not able to open it up.
Karla Vallance October 26, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Well-played, JJoseph, well-played.
Athena October 26, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Best items to have to prepare for storms/ power outages are: candles, matches, bottled water, charcoal grill, cooler and ice, battery operated radio, non perishable foods.,and of course, that hand held can opener :-). Ive been through countless Hurricane and tropical storm scares, and this list will keep you fed and entertained while you wait.
x October 26, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Experts advise a diet, an exclusive diet, of Hostess Twinkies and Makers Scotch for storms like this one. Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
John DiMascio October 26, 2012 at 09:48 PM
I got 3 flippin emails from my insurance company today to remind me there was hurricane coming, telling me to stay safe, and what to do. I can understand sending me one, but 3?????
Walt Cassell October 27, 2012 at 05:00 PM
I think I got everything I needed yesterday at lunch. This morning I rented a chainsaw and cut a bunch of overhanging branches from this huge oak tree in my front yard. I like my friends idea: He went to Cancun for a short vacation. He emails me this morning and has decided to stay Wednesday or Thursday! Now thats avoiding the storm! LOLOLOL . I will be watching the newscasts all weekend. Take care out there.
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