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After Superstorm Sandy: What to do Now, Tomorrow and Next Time

By October 30, 2012

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In the chaos after the storm, residents hit hard by Hurricane Sandy will be eventually reclaiming their homes, their businesses and their lives. As she creeps inland, Superstorm  Sandy is expected to pummel northeastern and upper midwestern states.

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama warned that Hurricane Sandy is not over yet. "It is still moving north," he said. "There are still communities that could be affected. There are still risks of flooding, still risks of downed power lines, risks of high winds."

By late Tuesday afternoon, nearly 8 million customers were without power in 15 states and the District of Columbia. Thousands of storm evacuees were in shelters, many still unsure whether their homes had endured Sandy's wrath.

Among the many lessons learned from natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy is the necessity of storm prep at home. We've assembled essential steps to prepare for a major weather event from tips provided by FEMA, the American Red Cross and other federal and disaster relief agencies.

One person who knows firsthand about hurricane survival is Juan Rodriguez, a civil engineer living in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Rodriguez has the unique perspective of looking at, preparing for and enduring  a major storm about once a year or so. His suggestions for surviving a hurricane come with personal and professional history, knowledge and experience.

Helpful links to track Hurricane Sandy on the web.

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