I'm going to have 24-48 hours of Hurricane Sandy parked on top of my house. I live in an area that has never
been hit by a hurricane, so I'm expecting some damage.
How can I best avoid that?
Things that I've already done:
* Checklist of outdoor items that need to be moved inside (flag, grill, deck chairs, potted plants, etc).
* Emergency survival gear. I have food and water for my family and our dog for 2+ days.
* Talked to my homeowners insurance provider (any damage is covered).
* I don't live in an area prone to flooding.
* I expect to be without power for a day or three, and rented a generator to keep the stuff in the freezer from going bad.
Things that I would appreciate advice on:
* I have no idea how strong 80 mph winds are. Should I be boarding up my windows?
* I'm familiar with the basic use of the generator, but I can't run the thing in the damn rain. How hardcore of a shelter should I construct around it? Would putting it under my (semi-enclosed) deck and stapling a tarp above it be OK, or is the wind going to be strong enough that it needs a more enclosed shelter?
Anything else I should know? I can provide more details or pictures of my house if that would help.