The waiting around is the hardest part. With Irene we didn't lose any power but our friends/family on the other side of town did. We made extra ice in case we need to fill the ice chest. We've got batteries and flashlights handy as well as Coleman lanterns. We have a very, very small generator that won't power much but it is gassed up and ready to go. Our cell phones are charged and we have plenty of water, food, dog food. Living on an Island and so close to the water lots of areas do get an extreme amount of flooding but we are far enough inland and fortunately we don't get water in the basement. Just about 3 miles south the county calls for the folks to evacuate just to be on the safe side. So, I am just warm and cozy for now and waiting, waiting, waiting. Thinking positive thoughts for our coastal FORT friends.