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With Hurricane Sandy getting closer to making landfall, I wanted to give one small piece of advice to those who decided to stay put and ride it out. If this storm is anywhere near as damaging as it is expected to be, then there will be areas flooded and/or without power for quite a while to come. If you think there is any chance that you may be in one of those places, make some hotel reservations right now.
Make reservations starting for when the storm has passed for a few days out after that. Make sure they are reservations that can be cancelled in the event you don’t need them, but you will be thanking yourself if your home is still without power several days from now. Highly populated urban areas are your best bets in terms of where power will likely be restored first. If you really want to hedge your bets, make reservations at two hotels in different locations and go where the least damage has occurred after the storm passes. Use points, earn points, whatever, but don’t set up a situation where you can’t get a room 24-48 hours from now because you waited too long.
Being without power for days on end with kids can be terrible, so don’t set yourself up for that situation if you can avoid it. Be proactive and be careful! I’ll be thinking of all of you on the East Coast.