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It looks like we are going to get hit by Hurricane Irene this weekend.

"National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read laid the threat out plainly: "We are very concerned with what's going to happen in New England. The benchmark is the 1938 hurricane. I am very concerned with what will happen there.""

We'll keep you posted throughout the storm. We are also thinking about doing "Hurricane Crew" like we did for the snow storms this winter - stay tuned.


Sign up for Alerts:

  1. From the city of Boston
  2. From the National Weather Service

Here is what the City wants us to know:

Preparation for Hurricanes 

  • Know your emergency plans, including Boston evacuation routes as well as emergency plans and procedures for both your workplace and your child's school. Have an emergency plan in place for your pet. 
    Create a Plan »
  • Put together an emergency supply kit, which should include food, water, medical supplies, and any other necessities which will allow you to get by for 3 days after the hurricane hits. 
    Make a Kit » 

If a Storm is Approaching

  • Be informed of the most up to date information by listening to the radio or TV. 
    Be Informed » 
  • Turn off utilities as instructed. Otherwise, turn your refrigerator and/or freezer thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its door closed.
  • Turn off propane tanks.
  • Stock a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.
  • Prepare your home by covering your windows with pre-cut ply wood, bringing in all outdoor objects that are not tied down, and keep all trees and shrubs well trimmed so that they are wind resistant.
  • If you are directed to evacuate by local authorities, do so in a timely manner and follow all instructions. Stick to designated evacuation routes. 
    More Information on Evacuations » 

What to do During a Hurricane

  • If you are unable to evacuate, stay indoors and away from windows. Keep curtains and blinds closed.
  • Close all interior doors, and secure and brace external doors.
  • Go to a safe indoor place, such as an interior room, closet, or hallway, on the lowest level. If necessary, lie on the floor under a table or other sturdy object until the storm passes.
  • Don't be tricked by a lull in the storm. It may be the calmer center of the storm passing over, and the storm will resume.

What to do After a Hurricane

  • Immediately after a storm, use extreme caution going out of doors. Be alert for hazards such as broken glass and damage to buildings.
  • Continue listening to the radio or TV and follow instructions from local authorities.
  • Do not drink tap water until you know it's safe.


  • Hurricane: Generally, an intense tropical weather system of strong thunderstorms, with maximum sustained winds of 74 mph or higher.
  • Tropical Storm: Generally, an organized system of strong thunderstorms, with maximum sustained winds of 39-73 mph.
  • Hurricane/Tropical Storm Watch: A hurricane or tropical storm is possible in your area, usually within 36 hours.
  • Hurricane/Tropical Storm Warning: A hurricane or tropical storm is expected in your area, usually within 24 hours.



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Comment by Aria Littlhous on August 24, 2011 at 5:18pm
Most importantly: harvest now or wait? My tomatoes await your response.
Comment by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on August 24, 2011 at 4:01pm
Anna, I was planning on Announcing I'm moving tomorrow and my plan. That will need to wait until after the storm. The good news is everything I am doing any member could do - my plan is to build a distributed leadership team - meaning many people will take on the leadership role.
Comment by Anna on August 24, 2011 at 3:41pm
what are we gonna do without you?!?!

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